Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Look book - The Well-Dressed Men Series - Casual
I debated from which end of clothing formality scale to begin and decided to yield to the modern times and start with casual. That said, do not expect me to be nice - I shall have no mercy upon your sweats, cargo shorts, baggy t-shirts and stinky sneakers. While casual style of dressing may seem pretty obvious, there is actually a variety of ways to do it, if you want to look cool and not boring. Sure, everyone knows how to put on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. But how many people wear jeans of the wrong size and cut, with the waist band sitting in the wrong place? How many people wear lame t-shirts they got free at some business conference, or promotional event, or bought while in college? T-shirts, whose fit or color flatter you about as much as a burlap sack? T-shirts that make you a walking talking billboard, looking ridiculous and not even getting compensated for it? Lara Croft Tomb Raider: the Cradle of Life). That said, he is never baggy or shapeless. Mr. Butler has a fabulous figure and he is not ashamed to show it off. So, even in the most basic outfit of jeans, t-shirt and a leather jacket, all three garments are cut to work with his athletic figure. Let us also not forget that he does a lot of action movies, so being able to run, jump, fall and roll in those clothes is kind of important. He also knows that just plain t-shirts can get blah, so he keeps them interesting with rocker tees (always a great way to pull off a casual look), casual button shirts, and textured henleys (a henley is a t-shirt with a placket and buttons on top from the middle of the neckline to the middle of your chest). The same goes for his leather jackets - he has them in black, gray and different shades of brown, shiny, textured and broken-in. I realize that not everyone has Gerard Butler's looks and salary. However, one good leather jacket is a something good to have - there are so many ways you can use it, and if you buy quality, it improves with age. You may find it counter-intuitive, but if you had to splurge on a leather jacket, don't buy black. Go for a soft brown instead - it works with a lot more things than black. I, Robot. He also clearly knows how to balance the cut of his garments. For example, his leather jacket or coat might be loose, but his t-shirt is fitted. His jeans might be relaxed cut, but not so much as to conceal the fact that he has a waist and a very nice tush. Of course the bad-ass attitude he perfected doesn't hurt either. For a softer, gentler casual style, I would like to point you toward the movie Practical Magic. Yes, it is a girly girl movie. Deal with it. It won't kill you to watch it once, and I have a feeling the fact that Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are both in it just might relieve your suffering. Aidan Quinn who plays the delicious Officer Gary Hallet, has a nice understated casual wardrobe in this movie, down to that epitome of casual wear - the cowboy shirt. His classic medium blue jeans, his soft suede jacket, his comfy-looking (but not baggy) plaid shirts, combined with his tousled hair and overall gentleman-like demeanor practically scream, "This is a nice guy! Grab him now and hang on for dear life!" He even manages to look good in a denim shirt - and I despise denim shirts. Thomas Crown Affair. Even in a relaxed beach outfit or in his golf togs, he still projects the swagger of a man who owns the world and intends to keep it so. If that movie doesn't make you want to be filthy rich, I don't know what does. No, seriously - I watch it regularly for the eye candy, for some fantastic style and for vision setting. Few men epitomize the words "rugged" and "manly" the way Hugh Jackman does. Yes, he is prodigiously talented, and I have no wish to shamelessly sexualize a deep and profound actor of stage and screen, as well as a damn good dancer and singer. And yet... Australia was an ok movie. The scenery was fabulous, the costumes were to die for, but somehow, despite the star-studded cast, it just did not pan out. Nevertheless, I advise you to watch it if only for the purpose of watching Hugh Jackman swing the rugged casual wardrobe. Plus, you get to see him kiss Nicole Kidman soaking wet in the rain.