Monday, January 09, 2006

Short sleeve dress shirts

I may not be the snazziest dresser in the world. In fact, I know I'm not. I'm just not prepared to spend the money required to even be in the running for "Worlds Snazziest Dresser." I do know HOW TO dress snazzy though. What qualifies me? My Dad. He spent 40 years in the high end mens clothing business. Every day he left the house wearing $2000 in clothes. He looked great and was in the business of making others look great. He knew taste. It was his life. He never had even a single short sleeve dress shirt. You know what I'm talking about. Mostly white, single pocket dress shirt with short sleeves. You see them all the time. On sale at Wal Mart. On sale at K Mart. Not to knock the "Marts" and those who shop there, but these are the shoppers that need an injection of "taste". Maybe it's class. Even if it's 100 degrees, short sleeve dress shirts are goofy. If it's so hot you have to wear short sleeves, wear a polo shirt. Wear a t-shirt. If you're in a dress shirt situation - wear a long sleeve dress shirt and roll up the sleeves. Maybe I'm the first to tell you this. Maybe your father didn't know the rules. Mine did. He learned from the best. Albert Myers, Rich & Jim Roberts, Jim Herron, Jim Marblestone - this areas top mens clothiers never made short sleeve dress shirts an option. They never sold them. If a customer asked for one, they were told the rule, and if they persisted, they were told to go to Wal Mart. Dress shirts? I have too many to count. Really. I'm wearing one now, with the sleeves rolled up.