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Mr. Sunshine

Recently I have discovered something about myself, and that something is that from time to time it turns out I’m wrong about one or two things. As it turns out I have been wrong about a certain style of tee shirt. The shirt I am talking about here is the v-neck tee. I was under the impression that the v-neck was only for emotional teenagers who just aren’t understood, that or tanned men who only have three things on their minds, gym, tanning, and laundry. However on a  recent trip to Cuba I discovered that, as long as the cut is right, anyone can rock a v-neck.

we were there for seven days... not a single one of my buddies managed to take a picture of the beach

I set up a list of things  a v-neck should and should not ever do, because if there’s one thing that everyone needs when it comes to getting dressed in the morning it’s rules or guidelines. So I made my own things to look for when wearing a v-neck. These are my own rules that I made through observing not only myself, but also others.

1)      When wearing a v-neck, the cut is obviously going to be lower than other normal tees, that is after all the point of v-necks. However, the “v” in your v-neck should never go below your nipple line. I define nipple line as if you drew a line from your left nipple to your right nipple. Therefore your shirt should never be cut too low. Chances are if your v-neck does go below your nipple line then you’ve bought a girls shirt and it has been cut to make room for something that they have that men don’t. If this has happened to you, don’t bother trying to return said shirt, you’re an idiot for buying it in the first place, just cut your losses and don’t make the same mistake again.

get your shit together

2)      On the other hand, a v-neck is meant to be a low cut shirt. That being said, if you spend your days hitting the gym, tanning and doing laundry then make sure you get the right size shirt. I realize it must be awesome to have a body just jammed packed with muscles, and showing those muscles off must be pretty cool too. But please for the love of God just go one size up when picking your v-neck. From my observations I’ve noticed that most of the time GTLers have shoulders the width of a football field, and they like to wear shirts generally reserved for GAP kids stores. This is a problem when it comes to v-necks because generally when something small (v-neck from GAP kids) is put on something huge (shoulders) it stretches. This leads the “v” in your v-neck to stretch with it, and when you stretch a “v” it pretty much just disappears into a regular tee shirt, except because it isn’t meant to be a normal tee, it looks ridiculous. The usual effect is that the bottom of the “v” pulls up on the bottom of the shirt, and then leads to ones mid section being shown… which is just a terrible time. That or it looks like your shirt is strangling you.

3)      Like I said I made this list while on vacation in a tropical paradise. People on vacation are usually one of two things. 1) tanned or 2) bright red and peeling. If you find yourself the latter then you should probably avoid wearing a v-neck all together. I discovered that v-necks do not look so hot when ones chest looks like it recently caught fire. However if the only thing you brought with you on your vacation was v-neck tees then try not to wear the lighter coloured ones with the sun burn, AND STAY AWAY FROM RED, whatever you do, do not wear a red v-neck with a red chest… they don’t match.

sunscreen is a man's best friend sometimes

4)      Chest hair. All men, sorry most men, have it. If the boy scouts need a map to navigate your upper body then give it a trim before you throw on a v-neck.

you know who you are

5)      Wearing regular cut shirt under a v-neck is acceptable. Just whatever you do, make sure the two colours do not clash. Towards the end of the week I had a sun burn on my chest, and it hurt to wear a v-neck, but I was in love with them and desperately wanted to wear one my last day in paradise. So I put a normal shirt on underneath. I wore a pink undershirt with a faded purple v-neck. It looked fine… however there were others who made all kinds of stupid mistakes when picking their undershirts. My rule of thumb from now on is if you’re not sure if the two colours are going to clash then wear white underneath. Whatever you do though, do not wear an undershirt that matches your v-neck, there’s literally no point you’re just going to sweat more for none of the v-neck glory.

So those are my rules for v-necks. They’re a risky choice, but if you do it just right then they can lead to great things, just don’t get too cocky. Always remember “with great power, comes great responsibility.”

Go Big Or Go Home

Who ever said “go big or go home” clearly had no idea how to wear a tie. Ties are meant to add to a look, they are not meant to take over a suit, they’re made to compliment it, just add a little touch of shape and colour. The vintage thin tie is what I (and most people) have been into a lot lately. I find that they are perfect because you don’t have to wear them tight and high up on your neck, they look good loose. However should the occasion arise one can tighten up the tie and it still looks just as proper as the more traditional big Windsor knotted tie.

loose and classy

Therefore when choosing a tie, please make sure it is not too wide, otherwise it takes over your whole chest and there’s really no purpose to wearing a shirt in that event.

this is just a whole world of hurt

The above picture leads me to my next point. As important as it is to wear a tie that is the right size, it is also important to wear one with the right colour scheme. Now, I am no expert, but generally I think that a tie that matches the exact colour of ones shirt looks ridiculous. Le Chateau is a killer for this, their ties and shirts are almost always the same colours. Or, if not then they are too bright and tacky, and are accompanied by a plain white tie that just looks terrible. Unless you’re interested in dealing black jack on the strip I would personally try to avoid anything too colourful and solid. There’s nothing wrong with a splash of colour, but when it is SOLID colour, or thick colour, then it becomes a problem. Essentially if it looks as though the shirt has been painted with pastels, then back away slowly and move on. If on the other hand you can clearly see that the material of the shirt is a certain colour then your better off. Essentially, you want the look of what your wearing to stand out, not the bright colours… Unless of course you find yourself working in construction sites or out hunting, then go ahead and stand out all you need.

I can't find an example so here's a man on a horse

Lastly, I have not seen this too much, but I have seen it enough that I feel it needs to be mentioned. Do not under any circumstances wear a plaid tie with a plaid shirt. I mean come on, are you insane?!?! It just looks  ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, I like plaid, I personally own a  few plaid ties, and I also own one or two plaid shirts, but I never ever wear them together! No matter how much you may think they match, I can assure you they do not actually match.

Brad... I don't know h ow to say this, but I'm afraid you've made a horrendous mistake

So that’s my bit about ties. They are extremely important, if you are wearing a tie there is literally no stopping you; except for ceiling fans and wood plainers of course, watch out for those. Anyways for now I will leave you with something I found a little interesting this week, they’re just a fantastic band:

Summer Time Brah

I have a beer on my  desk that has replaced the stress ball, I’m not wearing socks, and the sun is shining, this can only mean one thing… School is over and my summer break has officially begun! As I write this blog (the first blog of my summer) I am listening to some amazing music. I am using a site that I stumble upon, it’s called 8tracks and it is quickly becoming my new favourite website. The idea i s super simple, people create and upload music playlists, and other can listen to them and comment on them. I myself have made an account and have been commenting on all sorts of playlists.

if my comments were art, they would look like this

The best part about the whole thing is that you can find people who like the same music as yourself, only because they’ve made a playlist of music, chances are they’ve found music that you’ve not heard before, but will like. It is a great way to find new music, which is important if your like me and need new music in order to survive.

It’s surprising, I thought that when the leash was removed and I could write about whatever I wanted on this thing, I would  have loads to talk about. However once again I find myself unable to think of anything (communication related or not) to write about. I have been thinking lately about fashion, but I don’t think I want this to turn into a fashion blog, but if I do choose to write about fashion there is one thing readers must understand, I am very interested in fashion, and I do write a blog, but I am ONLY interested in women. Not that I have anything against anyone who makes different lifestyle choices, I just do not wish to be misunderstood.

I subscribe to GQ magazine, and I really so have a thing for suits. I feel that there really is nothing a man can’t do, if he’s wearing the right suit. Which means it not only needs to have the right combination of colours and style, but it must also be correctly fitted. Now I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how to dress, because thats  GQ’s job. But I do have some favourite items, or looks that GQ has had in their magazines over the course of my subscription, and I would be interested in sharing them.

Skagen Denmark

The first is this watch, or watch maker. Skagen Denmark is a watch and sunglass producer that I found thanks to GQ. I am in the process of ordering a watch from them. The watch is classy, but not fancy, which is something I would say is very important because it allows the owner to wear it with anything. The best part about it however is the price, it’s a nice watch for an affordable price. The only problem however is that Skagen Denmark only ships to the USA, they do not offer Canadian (or international) shipping. So I have had to make arrangements with a friend of mine in t he US to bring it home for me the next time he comes home from college.

In the event that someone at Skagen Denmark see's this post: Canada is the red country featured above.

Stuff like that really upsets me, just because I can get the watch sent to Watertown which is literally an hour and a half away, but I can’t get it sent to my house, just because I live outside of the USA. Anyways that’s going to be the post for now, because I’m done my beer and I haven’t read the entire issue for th is month, and I can’t remember anything specific I’d want to talk about in the older issues, but hopefully I can continue to write these blogs through out the summer as a means of keeping my mind  from turning into mush.

Next time I think I'll go on about ties, so you know... that could be exciting