On Silicon Valley Male Fashion


ValleyWag today talks about Fashion No No’s for Valley guys. Its about time we talked about this. It’s not just that they don’t dress the part, but they don’t care about ever dressing the part. Paul Boutin gives us five pointers. Are you kidding? There should be at least twenty and I could keep writing. And I’m not sure I agree with their logic:

Their List:
1. Dyed hair -I think this depends on how you wear it frankly. It’s not an either or……have it done right and it can work wonders, just like it does with women — or not.

2. Wrong shirt – which is to say, almost any shirt. They say to stick to polos and oxfords. When in doubt, stay within the first ten pages of the L.L. Bean catalog. YAWN – New England-like and boring. Step above the crowd, wear colors and wear them proudly and hell, be creative. L.L. Bean catelog, c’mon. Its so 1980s.

3. Faded pants. They say no, that a worn seat is the classic old boy’s blind spot and that out here, it says you haven’t recovered from the dot-com crash. Los Angeles money would not agree – its all about the fade. Again, isn’t it how you wear it and what you do on top?

Sorry Paul, but you need a woman’s perspective here. It’s not about one piece on its own, its about the blend. And then to end with a suggestion to shop at Banana Republic? Not much better than The Gap or L.L. Bean I’m afraid. So much for being bold, daring and standing out ‘ABOVE’ the rest.

4. Cool shoes. Yes, cool shoes, but I have to agree that I’m a fan of simple but elegant shoes for men and women. They should make a statement but not take over your outfit.

5. Body odor. Yeah, well this one goes without saying and its amazing how often men forget to wear deoderant. There are other people around, ya know?

I could go on. He doesn’t say anything about the permanent cell phone and Blackberry fixture to their belt buckles – so attractive isn’t it girls? And the t-shirt (with logo), tattered sneaker combination with the loose jeans. If you have a great butt, why cover it? If you don’t, then replace an hour of computer time with an hour doing something physical to firm up the overall package.

Yes, fashion counts. So does healthy sparkling eyes that say, “I’ll be around for awhile because I take care of myself and have balance in my life,” sadly something that lacks in high tech circles.

Renee Blodgett
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