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  1. A solid article Chris, I like how you bridge the gap between Brioni and Bonobos:)

    Do you ever feel this look is to casual for DC, or is it right at home in the Georgetown area? Also, it would be great to see you expand on the odd jacket options in terms of off the rack brands a man should look at.

    Keep up the great work!

    Antonio

  2. Darian

    Chris,

    Another great article. I have found that the few cotton knit ties I have can give off an informal-yet-polished vibe, which seems to be what Bob is looking for. Not knowing his work environment though, ties may be categorically out of consideration.

    Just a thought

    Darian

  3. Thanks for the comments, guys. Antonio – very good question about appropriateness. On the Hill, probably not because it really references a campus, casual style. As a general rule, women sometimes get away with affected “lifestyle” styles but men usually just look out of place. But in a Georgetown or non “DC/policy/legal/political/advocacy” environment (read Georgetown), I think it’s a great fit.

    Also, guys can take elements of the prof look and adapt them for office wear: repp or plaid ties, wingtips instead of cap toes, and gingham or checked shirts look great with a simple dark knit tie and gray suit.

  4. Darian – Thanks also for a great point. I just noted that same thing in the comment above. I think that Bob could totally pull that off without appearing too stuffy or corporate. Think of the Will Schuester character in Glee. (Can’t believe I just referenced “Glee”).

  5. Sean M

    Hello,

    I am a new reader of your blog. I feel like this article was written about me, as I am very much in the same situation as Bob. I’m an educator as well, and I am trying hard to upgrade my look so that I appear to be more of a professional. I do, however, have to put up with a bit of ribbing from my colleagues who seem content to wear khakis and polo shirts to work.

    I would like to read more about sports coats / odd jackets, particularly how these garments can be worn in a way that is professional without being “business professional” (which would be seen as stuffy in my workplace / school)

  6. Jon

    “…for the Real World”??? Are you insinuating that universities and college professors do not exist in the real world? Where are they, then? Some parallel universe or alternate quantum reality? A dream state? Help me understand, because I think people like yourself (corporate cogs) need to stop the self-delusion and aggrandizement at the expense of people who make a REAL difference in REAL peoples lives in the REAL world. The corporate world is socially constructed (man-made) as much as Academia is. You need to stop feigning superiority.

  7. Jon,

    Thanks for your impassioned note. However, I’m not right sure that I understand what you’re getting at.

    Obviously, the use of the phrase “real world” refers to being able to dress in a type of style that is usable in day-to-day life, as opposed to only in a catalog stylist’s world.

    And while I find is charming that that you would like to label me a corporate cog, my reality is quite the opposite. I do find your brief dissertation about the corporate and academia worlds being “man-made” interesting: what is the alternative? And what does that even mean?

    Lastly, I am not feigning superiority about anything, nor would I. To feign something is to represent it fictitiously – to pretend. My writing does not pretend to be anything other than what it is and I would not go to the effort of pretending to be superior through dress.

    An article such as this is meant to inspire men to find a sense of style that makes them comfortable and allows them to express personal taste. That’s fact, not feigning.

  8. anon.

    “And these days a jacket does not automatically necessitate a tie. I love ties, I personally think they are a wonderful way to express personality. ”

    I strongly agree with your second sentence, and even more strongly disagree with your first one “Tieless” is fine without a jacket – say when a crew-neck or V-neck sweater is worn over the shirt – but with a jacket it is incongruous and unfinished. By all means omit the tie – but then omit the jacket as well.

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