I was talking with a good friend a few days ago, she’d just come back from ten days in Paris (yeah, she has a tough life. Then again, she’s a single Mom to three, the oldest of whom is 5, so it’s not an easy journey either) and she commented that she had to “up her game” while she was there because everyone dresses more nicely than here in Colorado.
“I really liked the skinny ties that most of the guys seemed to wear. It’s nice to see men dressed a bit more stylishly.” As she said that, I thought about the fact that I was wearing a tired old green polo shirt, green shorts that are starting to fall apart and a pair of sports sandals. Yeah, not so much embodying that “stylish man” look.
I’ve never been a fashionista – partly because I’ve always lived in the burbs not a more urban/trendy setting. Well, that’s not entirely true: when I worked in San Francisco (a city I just love) I did dress more fashionably with colorful button-down shirts and jeans that were a uniform color, not washed out where my wallet lives in my pocket. But that was years ago…
As someone who also watches oodles of movies (you know I’m a published film critic and that I run a popular film blog Dave On Film.com?) I have always enjoyed that in older films everyone’s dressed more formally than nowadays.
Watch a film from the 40s and you’ll see, a baseball game at Wrigley or Yankee Stadium and the men are all in suits and ties. The suits might not have been Saville Row, but the overall effect was far different to the sea of (often rude) t-shirts you see at a ball game today.
What happened to us as a nation? What happened to formality?
The timing was beautiful, therefore, when I got an invitation from Lands’ End to try out one of their original mesh polo shirts. If I’m to wear polo shirts, at least I can wear new ones that look good. Heck, half the polo shirts I have already have Lands’ End labels, so a free shirt is a good deal.
They sent me a white polo, “tall”, and it’s really incredibly comfortable and just so nice to have a shirt that fits me properly and isn’t either too short or to tight because of my, um, gradually changing girth. (insert observation that I work out at the gym regularly, etc)
Does the polo address my issue with becoming increasingly informal in my wardrobe? Not really, but that’s something that’ll require a reinvention of my wardrobe if I travel that road, not just a new polo shirt. Still, even the upgrade from t-shirt to polo shirt is a step in the right direction.
Now, where’d I put my natty skinny ties?
This is cool: As part of the promotion, Lands’ End is offering to send one of my readers one of these cool, comfortable polo shirts. That’s you. All you need to do is leave a comment about whether you dress formally or informally and why you’d appreciate adding a new polo to your wardrobe. Easy, eh?