Happy Sunday and Welcome to the First Annual Blogging the Suburbs Dad’s Fashion Week. We have some special guest bloggers this week, who may not be fashion experts, but they are Dads who replied to my FaceBook messages the fastest.
Dr. Asher Louden: resides in Parkersburg WV; occupation – Dermatologist; Father of one daughter, one son, and one on the way; Best Man to the Founder of Blogging the Suburbs
Mike D’Avria: resides in Charlotte; occupation – OtherScreen.com; Father of one daughter; Younger Brother to the Founder of Blogging the Suburbs
Jeremy Eastburn: resides in Gastonia, NC; occupation – Application Systems Engineer for Wells Fargo; Father of one daughter, one son; COO of Bogging the Suburbs
Matt Nickson: resides in Kansas City; occupation – high school teacher; Father of three sons; Brother-in-law to Founder of Blogging the Suburbs.
Blogging the Suburbs: Thanks guys for taking the time out of your busy weekend to help Dads all over the United States learn about fashion and style. Wives everywhere will thank you for helping their husbands with sound advice, theories, and answers to important questions.
Where to start? Mike, you commented the other day: “For some reason I have refused to wear short-sleeved button-down shirts for the past 13 years. I decided to buy three of them last night, and am wearing one today. The next time you see me, I will most likely be wearing a short-sleeved button down shirt. Not sure why I boycotted them for so long.”
So why should we go back to short sleeved button down and what kind of fashion statement are you making?
Mike: As a fat guy, button-down shirts are the way to go. Polos accentuate my breasts, and tank tops do nothing to cover up my shoulder hair.
In college, I was taught the proper way to roll sleeves, and thus my fashion sense of wearing long-sleeved button-down shirts were born. It’s worked fined for 10+ years. Then, last week I wore a short sleeved one I had gotten for being part of a shotgun shoot. It was so comfortable and so nice in 103-degree weather. I immediately went out and bought three more, and then an additional two.
My former style worked in college when I was around girls and lived in the Midwest. Now, I just don’t care. It’s too damn hot to be wearing long sleeves.
Blogging the Suburbs: And hot it is. I hope lots of readers down in the South will have more questions for you this week. Jeremy: Which is your favorite t-shirt in your closet and if you had to be buried in one, which one would it be? Do you even drink Mountain Dew?
Jeremy: Surprisingly the Mountain Dew shirt is NOT my favorite t-shirt. Unfortunately, from time-to-time, the laundry cycle dictates what t-shirts are available for me to sport on any given day. My favorite t-shirt is actually my Dr. Pepper shirt, due to it’s thin cotton fabric, it provides a light, breathable fabric that keeps me cool all day long. It’s a must in any man’s arsenal of clothing.
BTS: So it must be your favorite?
Jeremy: Nope. My second favorite t-shirt would have to be my “Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For the Cure” t-shirt, simply due to how long it takes someone to read it, causing them anger.
BTS: Gotcha. So Asher, Let’s talk those WVU pants in the photo. I’m no Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but seriously? Seriously? Seriously?
Asher: You didn’t just question The Pants did you? Those are the single best item in my wardrobe. A shirt can make a statement but a pair of pants hammers the point home. Nothing says fan like blue and gold argyle.
Asher: I don’t have any others that are quite as loud as those, but I do have some pink plaid ones. Those are pretty solid as well. If anyone is looking for some great ones, Loudmouth golf is the place to go.
BTS: Speaking of golf, Jeremy and I were invited to golf with a Gastonia Country Club member this week. How can I dress sharp to impress, intimidate my opponents by my sharp clothes, yet not embarrass and one-up Jeremy, who I’m sure will be wearing a Mountain Dew t-shirt?
Mike: Clothes will never intimidate anyone on a golf course. If anything, you should dress as if you have no golf skill whatsoever. I onetime played with a guy who showed up in tennis shoes with clubs from the 1960s. He hit the ball 300+ yards and shot a 75. Whereas I’ve played with people with $2,000 clubs and $200 shoes who shoot 108.
Asher: I agree, a real golfer won’t be intimidated by an opponent’s garb, but looking snazy could give yourself the extra confidence you need to save a few shots. Golf is all about confidence, and you’ve got to do whatever it takes to have it.
BTS: Matt, as a season ticket holder to the Royals and all around athlete, you need to keep a sporty fashion statement. Has any of this come from Sporty Spice?
Matt: In truth I was always more of a Ginger Spice protégé growing up. Her spirit connected more with mine at the time.
With regard to wearing a sporty look, it’s all about preparedness. You never know when one of your children will make a run for it. I want to be fleet of foot enough to catch up to them before they join a rival family, which seems to always be a threat here.
I’d be lying if I did not say comfort factors huge in my look. As a teacher, I am asked to wear a tie to work throughout the year. The summer is my time to rebel a bit. On the last day of school, I rush home, turn on Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” and rip the sleeves off my dress shirts and cut my pants to short length. My wife gets really angry about that, too.
BTS: I was told never wear the shirt of a band you are seeing in concert and never wear two items of the same sports team at the same time. Is the latter worse than wearing a Cardinals hat and Royals jersey at the same time?
Matt: Specifically the Royals and Cardinals look is all about getting the best of both worlds: supporting one’s hometown club, while claiming ownership in another’s championship potential. For instance, at the HR Derby, I was given approval to boo relentlessly Robinson Cano as I wore my Royals cap. And, at the same time, was immune to the “win something” heckle in return with the Cards hat.
BTS: Guys, thanks for the introductions and opening comments. I look forward to following up with you in a few days. Readers, please send comments and questions to these guys below, on our Fan Page, Twitter Account or email directly. Best question will win a Mountain Dew T-Shirt.
Part One and a Half
BTS: Speaking of fashion, look’s who’s fashionably late . . .
Allen Griffith: Oh and sorry for the late response I was, again working a new schedule. Who would imagine people wanting to get Directv at midnight on a Sunday.
BTS: I know you graduated from the Citadel. Is that the reason for the haircut, and the shoes, and the cap, and the uniform being worn when you think no one is around? We are.
Allen: The reason for the haircut is to hide my grey hair which I am sure you can relate. The shoes….? What shoes are you referring to, flip flops? The cap is just to annoy Charlotte (my wife). Last but not least the uniform? Not sure what you mean I am way too fat to fit in any uniform I had in college 14 years ago. How is your cheerleader uniform working for you. Also when are you going to tell Nicholas you were a JV cheerleader?
BTS: I ask the question. Any thoughts on the golf?
Allen: To address the second question, the golf outing at the CC. Argyle vest with Payne Stewart knickers would achieve all areas of satisfaction. You would impress the members the the world famous Gastonia Country Club and also intimidate your opponents. At the same time you will not be one upping Jeremy because he would see it as you being in character like you were in the Hunger Games or even Homeland.
Part Two: The Wives
Considering zero people sent questions about Dad’s Fashion Week, we decided to ask the wives of our fashion experts some questions.
BTS: As you are all well aware, your husbands have been named as experts for Dad’s Fashion Week. Congratulations. Would you all mind commenting on the following?
1.) Was it your husband’s amazing fashion sense that first attracted you? Please elaborate.
2.) Pretend you are away for one week. What fashion faux pas would your husband make?
3.) If money was no object and you made all the decisions, how would his style be different?
Joanna Nickson (Matt’s wife): 1) I wouldn’t say his fashion sense is what for attracted me to Matt but it wasn’t a turn off either. His good looks and charming personality is what really got me
2) Matt tends to make the mistake of wearing the same color shirt and pants and thinking that it matches. Sadly he has already passed this trait onto our boys…
3) I doubt Matt’s style would be any different because any extra money we would have would just go towards better season tickets for the Royals.