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Last year I started getting a bit restless.
Guys, for the most part, aren’t as gung-ho about shopping excursions as our better halves are, especially in the clothing department. Surprisingly, I’m no different. Those who know me well know that my style hasn’t changed too much over the last few years.
My sense of fashion had plateaued.
As an office dweller I’ve been used to European-cut suits since the day I graduated from college. For the last seven years I’ve been wearing two-button two-and-three piece suits. And they’ve been awesome. Simple and classic. Those to adjectives have been my mantra.
Last year though…I started to get an itch. I was bored. Bored with a lot of things, but especially my wardrobe. Then someone introduced me to The Preppy Handbook.
SECOND FUNNIEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ.*
That book, coupled with an uber-prep outfit I saw in a GQ magazine seriously changed my life. Mind you, this was on my trip over to the Middle East for two weeks, so I had plenty of time to ponder the next stage of my style evolution.
Red pants. GTFO. What a-holes wear red pants? Well, preps wear red chinos. And green chinos. And assorted other things with anchors and lobsters and whales on them.
Top-siders, bloodies, friends named Chip & Muffy, Squash, Flotillas and duck print motifs. I have a lot to learn.
Well, maybe I’ve got the bloodies down.
The transformation to American Prep is going to be a rough one, but I’m determined.
*the first being, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.