The time has come when we must say goodbye to a woolderful week of man sweaters. We laughed, we cried, we saw me in camou, it was a week filled with ups and downs. Although, as the saying goes, when one door closes,
another one opens you try buttoning all the way for the first time. That’s right, I’ve taken the privileged of using day seven to break my button hymen.
I’ve never been able to fully get behind the tight-necked trend. I guess I always thought it screamed prep (or kept you from screaming anything at all) and in an over-saturated preppy, ultra-tailored male blogosphere, I had no interest in being another polo among the masses, metaphorically speaking. I pride myself as being both a man interested fashion and a blogger that isn’t posting a myriad of ties, tweed jackets and oxford shoes. And what is buttoning all the way if not one step from a tie.
I’m of course aware that a large part of men’s fashion is in fact all of those things; that the whole shebang might have very well started with a sports jacket. But I’m also aware that men’s fashion is evolving; that the limits of what a man can wear and more recently, what a man can blog about, aren’t just those things. It’s a combination of sportswear, casual, nontraditional cuts, unorthodox textures and fabrics, the whole lot.
I’m by no means saying that I don’t enjoy wearing a blazer here and there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s been a stint of time that I wore one more often than not; but it’s not the way I dress everyday and it’s not what I want to see day after day, post after post in the blogs I frequent. It could simply be that I’m frequenting the wrong blogs. But it might also be the somewhat normative notion that in order to be a male fashion blogger, you have to write about and consistently wear suits, tie clips and crisply ironed button downs.
With all of that being said, I decided I liked buttoning all the way. I think this particular button down lends itself well to such an event.
This is my two cents folks. What’s yours?