Why socks are every men’s best accessory…

Socks are like the footnotes at the bottom of the page of your favorite novel. You can read about the nouns, the descriptive adjectives and the verbs making the nouns come alive but the real substance, the real meat of what the words mean are down below; just like socks with every day wardrobe choices. Most 9 to 5 jobs have a rather bland feel. The walls are grey, the cubicles are grey and your mood is grey. A colorful, perfectly patterned offsetting sock can be the perfect remedy.  To break the conservative funk, men are turning more and more to bold statements socks that put a creative twist on their day.  Another way to describe this new accessory is that socks are like lingerie for men. If you want you can be the only that knows there under your pants… but when you walk or cross your leg as you sit you can give a little peak of what you’ve got underneath. According to Askmen.com/ Burton (2013), “women wear sexy lingerie under their everyday clothes to give themselves that boost of confidence they need…it might be what’s under her attire that’s got her in a good mood.” (p.1)

The craze is truly infectious. Robert Kardashian in October of last year launched his new line of playful socks, the Arthur George Collection at Neiman Marcus. According to the New York Daily News, “Everyone wears the same sort of conservative uniform,” Robert Kardashian says. “This is a way to personalize my work wardrobe.” (Pesce p.1). Love it or hate but the newest additions to the men’s fashion arsenal are socks.

Cedric Jacquemyn shows Fall/Winter 2014 during Paris Fashion Week

Dark and raw describe this collection in a couple of words. Much like the full length forest green wool shawl collared robe that’s been finely stitched with a horizontal pattern and wide herringbone patterns on the collar itself. Then there is black wool extra wide crew neck sweater with extra material that was napped on the shoulders and arms to give the basic sweater a differentiating design, and style. Also a big part of the collection is asymmetrically designed including the faux suede and shearling single breasted jacket with a faux fur lining. If this collection isn’t unique enough there is one piece here which is all that one would ever need to survive the whole winter season. That is the black leather and black shearling lined oversized coat. The shearling lining completely comes out from underneath the leather jacket to show itself off, and to keep you warm throughout.  Technically it has a notch lapel, but it is so wide, that it is more like an enormous leather and shearling flap to keep you safe from the elements. This is the only jacket you will need all season, it is warm with great stitching details including flat square cuffs, with elbow and shoulder detail stitching. So when you want to brave the elements, this collection has you covered from head to toe, usually with just one piece of clothing.


22/4 shows fall/winter 2014 Collection

This collection is all about color blocking and fabric blocking. What stood out the most from this collection was the grayish blue and burgundy suit. This color block combo features burgundy pants, and the jacket has burgundy suit sleeves. However, the rest of the suit jacket except the sleeves is a grayish blue tone, and instead of two buttons in the middle there are two off center straps holding the jacket together. On the left lapel there is a navy blue floral accent to show off even more fabric texture. It can be a new take on modern buttons perhaps. Another really interesting outfit is the tuxedo where in place of the regular cummerbund it’s leather. Contrasting fabrics, and yet still being formal at the same time.  A fall/winter collection isn’t complete without fur though. It’s a very luxurious and noticeable fabric that is used as both the highlighting material and as a contrasting addition. It’s highlighted in its use as the full back and shoulder material in the new half wool and half fur overcoat. The cream colored fur seems like a lion was conquered in the wild, and used as warmth on the body. That same material was also used as an accessory fabric as a collar for a white sweater. Keeping warm and looking good has never felt softer and more enjoyable than with fur.


Never Wear: Lumberjack Style

Young men in cargo pants and buffalo plaid trek boldly under a gray sky, their Red Wing boots tramping on the stony ground.  They wear heavy watch caps on their heads, while over their shoulders axes are slung.  There’s one problem with this: these young men are walking down our city sidewalks, not the gravel roads of some frontier town.  The trend toward American workwear reached its zenith several years ago, but even so, it has expanded and grown.  There’s a point at which this needs to stop, and we have clearly passed it.

It was a good exercise at first, this workwear trend.  At its core, the focus on American workwear is a focus on the days when garments were made with quality, and were built to withstand the hardship of a working man’s life.  It was an attempt to rediscover a distinctly American identity by young men who were just learning how to dress well.  It was natural that, after years of t-shirts and jeans, they would gravitate toward the familiarly rugged trappings of chambray shirts, workwear boots, trucker jackets, and tin oil cloth.  Brands like Filson and Red Wing and Gitman Brothers, true holdovers from the heyday of the American garment industry, welcomed these newcomers and created a new generation of products to meet their old-fashioned tastes.

Then things started to go overboard.  Wearing a flannel shirt and hiking boots started to become expected apparel for the sidewalk, instead of just the mountainside.  Men were showing up with bushy beards and watch caps to well-appointed restaurants and meetings.  There were even companies that sold ‘fashion axes,’ and men bought them.  Middle-class men who were in no proximity to any wood in need of chopping bought axes as a fashion statement.

We say to you, the budding FashionMR: please don’t dress like a lumberjack.  Heritage clothing and workwear is fine in a casual setting, but it should be worn with the understanding that you are probably not a mill worker, a mechanic, or above all, a lumberjack.  You work at Starbucks.  You work at Bloomingdale’s.  You work at Wells Fargo.  You do not work in a steel mill and you do not work at a saw mill.  Please dress appropriately.  Of course, if you do happen to be a lumberjack, then by all means, buy that axe.

Jason Collins: Gay illustrated

“I’m a 34 year-old NBA center. I’m Black. And I’m gay, “says Jason Collins” to Sports Illustrated, (2013 p. 1). He is the first player in any major American team sport to come out as gay. He didn’t want to be the first to start the conversation but someone had to. The world is changing quickly as the LGBT community is gaining momentum and fervor. I for one am proud that he has come out and broken yet another stereotype surrounding the gay community; there inability to play sports unless it’s floating on ice in a glitter sequenced onesie.

Jason Collins like many others in the LGBT community feel like they have to hide who they are because society says they have to be a certain way. When he was younger he dated women and even got engaged. He thought it was only right for him to marry and raise kids.  Life is really too short to hide who you truly are on the inside. What helped Jason among many things to come out were the Boston Marathon bombings. Many lost their lives that day and things can change in an instant. The next breathe is never guaranteed.

Something that I like to live by constantly is the “Man in the Glass” test. You can go on and live your life everyday putting on a smile on and forcing happiness; however, every night when you get ready for bed and look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?

The Man in the Glass- Literary Exercise

The Man In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self, and the world makes you king

for a day, just go to a mirror and look at yourself

and see what that man has to say.

Although there are others in life’s pathway whose judgment upon you must pass, the

fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

is the man staring back from the glass.

You may win all the medals and “snow” all the rest and think you’re a wonderful guy;

but the man in the glass says you’re only a fraud,

if you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the one to please, after all’s said and done, for he’s with you clear up to the end.

And you’ve passed a most dangerous, difficult test

if the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathways of years and get pats on the back as

you pass; but your final reward will be heartaches and tears, if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.


The ball literally is in the NBA commissioners hand and the whole community at large. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference and pioneer change in National sports leagues in America. Make it okay to be who you are and also have a love for the game.