My first prediction: any local, state, regional, national or international magazine this time of year will be chockful of articles on men’s fashion centering on… drumroll please: what to wear this spring. Makes sense, I mean the weather has turned, which means before you know it, Easter, The Kentucky Derby and the Iroquois Steeplechase are upon us. Every writer will be writing about spring colors, classic seersucker and the “correct” colors to be wearing.

Going to make it simple for you.  If you have seersucker, WEAR IT!  If you don’t have any, get some. Other fabrics to break out are linen, silk and cotton. And finally, when it comes to color, consider the color of Easter eggs. Now, think about it. Wait for it. The light bulb just went off didn’t it?  Now, wasn’t that easy?

Ok, so you are thinking my first prediction of 2019 was right on. Here comes the one that is going to blow you away!  Stay with me.

Did you see the recent Academy Awards show?  I did, not to see who won awards, but to see what people, especially men were wearing. In years past on the “red carpet” the focus has always been on the ladies, what designer, what jewelry, what shoes, and so on. That happened again this year, but so did something else! And it’s going to be a game changer when it comes to men’s fashion.

Normally at these award shows and the local events like the Hunt Ball, The Heritage Ball and Swan Ball, men are dressed in the traditional black and while tux or white tie and tails, aka penguin suits, and there were plenty of those this year at the Academy Award show, too. 

They looked tired, old and boring! Why? Because of the men who chose to go fearlessly in a different direction. COLOR COLOR COLOR.  That is not a typo! Jason Momoa, who starrred in Aquaman, wore a purply-pink velvet suit, designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi. Billy Porter was in a black velvet tuxedo hoop skirt while the always fashion-conscious Spike Lee was dressed head to toe in purple. The Stars and - ultimately you – and/or the man in your life are beginning to demonstrate their or your version of what men’s formal fashion is.

Remember the first time you saw a navy blue tux or a black shirt instead of a white one? Hang on. The game is changing and it’s gonna be a wild ride. Let me clarify. I am not advocating for men to start wearing a voluminous velvet skirt - a kilt yes if you have the guts to wear it. But certainly not a dress Scarlet O’Hara would wear.  I am saying the tide has turned in men’s fashion and in the next weeks, months and years, what was once considered the ‘right’ thing or the “correct” color to wear is going to change in a way that you never thought possible. So, the next time you are at a formal event or even a night out on the town and you see a man wearing something and gasp or say“WOW.” Remember, where you heard about it first.

As always, I love to hear from all my readers.  If you have questions, feel free to email me at johntom71@comcast.net, and until next time, if you can’t be brilliant you can always be bright!

 

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