Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Broski Bits: Frump It Up

In honor of our budding Mens Department at Old Hollywood, we present our new weekly column "Broski Bits" to help all the dudes out their snag a gal. Or another dude! Whatever floats your boat, cause we're all about being inclusive.

Okay, so maybe "Frump It Up" isn't quite the right title for this post. For the record, let it be known that after a long day on twitter and seeing what is probably the millionth Mad Men inspired photoshoot of the past 4 years, I'm about ready to hunt down Don Draper, lock him in a chest and throw him in the Hudson River to be swept out to sea where he can contend with Davy Jones's Locker. That's not fair at all either, cause I really like John Hamm.

What I'm trying to say is this: dressing sleek and tailored is very cool. But you know what's cooler? Looking like you haven't tried that hard. About 80% of the coolest gents of all time didn't try very hard, and yet a significant portion of them ended up as Style Icons. So don't be afraid to size up in a shirt. Wear a weird print from time to time that's not necessarily "in" and don't apologize for it. The most I can tell you for sure is that it's roughly 1 part play on proportions and one part not giving a fuck, with an odd sprinkling of Dandy-ism. Key examples of this are as follows:

                                                           Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train
Character Actor Joe Strummer

Vintage Talking Heads

Tom Waits (pictured with Bette Midler...when did this happen?)

Charlie Chaplin (Yes, Charlie Chaplin)