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Summer dress code, male edition

July 3, 2007 08:44 AM

What is okay?  A seersucker suit?  A short-sleeved dress shirt?

My take is that seersucker suits are great, though I personally can't wear them because they make me look like Babar.  The fact that I have an elephant head doesn't help, either.

And short-sleeved dress shirts?  They're for the guys in tech support.


Don't go insulting my tech support brothers.

Having said that, though, it's dawned on me recently that there has to be a way to dress that doesn't make a grown man look like either:

a) An overgrown 20-year old slacker. Or ..
b) Yet another middle class duff in beige khakis and a bland Nautica polo shirt.

In downtown Cincinnati there is a huge outbreak of dudes in the latter group. It's a collective cry for help, guys who settle on the default Midwestern average-guy mode, and who are vaguely fearful of anything besides sameness. Most solid color shirts go with khaki anyway, right?

There has to be something better, a crisper presentation, and one that isn't incredibly boring - without looking like you've been fussed over by the Queer Eye troop.

Brendan   ·  July 3, 2007 12:47 PM

Do you have any suggestions for what this middle of the road alternative might be?

As for the polo shirt and khaki look you see downtown, I'm opposed to that look too. Short sleeves are never okay in the workplace.

Nasty, Brutish and Short   ·  July 3, 2007 01:43 PM

Short sleeved dress shirts WORN WITH TIES are the real tragedy. It makes me cry.

Elevator Rider   ·  July 3, 2007 03:30 PM

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