Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dressing For Men: From the Book of Mindy

Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns):
Forgive me, but being a guy is so easy. A little Kiehl's, a little Bumble and Bumble, a peacoat, and Chuck Taylors, and you're hot. 

1. Buy a well-fitting peacoat from J.Crew. Or wait until Christmas sales are raging and buy a designer one, like John Varvatos or something. Black looks good on everyone (Obvious Cops) and matches everything (Duh Police), but charcoal gray is good, too. You can always look like a put-together Obama speechwriter with a classy peacoat. Oh, and get it cleaned once a year. Sounds prissy, but a good cleaning can return a peacoat to its true-black luster, and make you look as snappy as you did on the first day you wore it. . .
The Princess advocates camel too. And navy, while I'm at it.
8. I really think guys only need two pairs of shoes. A nice pair of black shoes and a pair of Chuck Taylors. The key, of course, is that you need to replace your Chuck Taylors every single year. You cannot be lax about this. Those shoes start to stink like hell. They cost forty dollars. You can afford a new pair every year. And if you can't, why can't you? You have much bigger problems. Stop reading this and go deal with them.
I would clarify the shoe law that if a man likes his shoes, keep on keepin' on. However, if he's the type that considers footwear an afterthought, yeah, what she said. Converse have non-existent support, so I would recommend an insole.


Daniel Saunders said...

I have no idea what most of those brands are, but I was pleased I do well on this! I have three coats (anorak, Shabbat winter coat, lighter raincoat) all black or grey (I think I have a green anorak somewhere, but I haven't worn it for years. I thought I'd thrown it away, but it turned up when we moved house).

I hate shoe shopping (my absolute least favourite type of shopping), but have several pairs of shoes. I'm not sure wearing the same pair day after day is healthy for your feet. Shoes need to dry out from the sweat. I also hate my Converse trainers, which I only wear for Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur.

Altie said...

I like this post. I had my prized converses for about a year when they got a hole in the sole. I wore them through. So I got a new pair, same color but low tops. Wore them until they could be worn no more and then reluctantly threw them away. I'm now past my converse wearing days, although I still think about them wistfully.

Princess Lea said...

DS: Inspiration, not requirement.

Altie: Whatever DS says, Converse are forever. There is no such thing as being "past" one's "Converse wearing days." They are timeless. And ageless.