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Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Fedora: Can you pull it off?

The other night I was doing my thing at the old downtown Banana Republic. Slaving away at folding chinos and making them look real pretty. One of my favorite co-workers, who are never see none the less, Mark happened to be closing with myself. Now this Guy Mark is a fashion guru, I ask him all the time about fashion advice. He can break it down for you and tell you what works and what doesn't work. One piece of advice he told me is you can wear the tightest suit from the most expensive designer but it's the shoes you wear with the suit that make the outfit. If there is one article of clothing to spend your money on spend $300.00 on a pair of shoes because they will make or break your outfit. It's true this guy has the tightest collection of shoes I've ever seen. Shiny shoes, black shoes, blue shoes, you name it guys got them all.

So I was wondering how a fedora could be pulled off and I wanted to use his advice to advise yeah all:

Step 1: pick a fedora for each outfit...if you're going with a grey outfit get a grey fedora. Black outfit go with a dark fedora. Cream colored v-neck sweater and and tie go with a light colored fedora (see above).

Step 2: Your hair is important because you will want it to look good when you take it off. Make sure to either part your hair or slick it back so it fits well when you put your fedora back on...which leads to step 3.

Step 3: Never wear a fedora in doors, the fedora must only be worn outside on a nice spring/summer day. Don't offend your public...they appreciate it.

Step 4: Tilt the fedora near your eyebrows...the brim should be covering your eyebrows and almost covering your eyes to give it a little bit of the swagger because you are making a statement when wearing one.

Step 5: Have fun with it, whether it be walking down the street or going to a summer time party. You'll look dumb if you're pretentious about wearing one so just let go and have some fun...


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