Monday, March 30, 2009

Parents Please Protect Your Kids

Please take the time to watch this. This is about more than looking good and a nice voacabulary. It is about your children. Please feel free to comment.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Successful Image Is Not An Accident

There are a lot of ways to describe how one develops a positive and succssful image; by accident isn't one of them. A positive image isn't achieved by accident. It is the result of performing a series of deliberate acts, consistently, until it becomes routine.
I have a morning routine. I wash, shave, and brush (like everyone else). Then I take my clippers and trim the lipline of my moustache and I clean my neckline. It takes a little more time, but I have an image to project. I make sure my watch doesn't clash with my suit. I also make sure it isn't intimidating to my client. Signs of too much success can be detrimental. I make sure my shoes are nice and clean, and the creases in my shirt are sharp. Then I get dressed and leave.
While I'm on my way to a meeting, I think of the people I may see, potential coversations, and how I want to be taken. I try to see myself as my audience will see me. My movements are deliberate. Every move I make is for a specific effect. I call these power positions.
Have you ever noticed the number of snapshot pictures of our President? He is rarely caught in a silly position or expression, because he has mastered his movements and power positions. In effect, he's mastering his image.
This may sound like a lot, but these are the things that dictate first impressions. These are the things that dictate whether people see you as contender, or a pretender. Anyone can dress up in a suit. But the suit is just the beginning. It establishes the expectation of the audience. What you say, and how you say it are the next steps. It is your responsibility to represent the best you possible. Your image is directly connected to your success. Spend more time on your image and less on ancillary nonsense like fantasy brackets, and where the party is. Think about your image, and you'll think about your success. Until next time...
God Bless and dress well,
William the Clothier
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Friday, March 20, 2009

C.S.I.- Celebrity Stlye and Image "Chris Harris"

Greetings my fellow Imagarians! I have a treat for you. I'm starting a segment I call "C.S.I.-Celebrity Style and Image". The goal of CSI is to give you an inside look into the thoughts and styles of various celebrities. Celebrities will come from all walks of life; athletes, television personalities, and Corporate America.

Name: Chris Harris
D.O.B. Aug 6
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark
Resides: Charlotte, NC
College: University of Louisiana -MonroeOccupation: Safety- Carolina Panthers
Drafted: 7th pick in 6th round (Chicago Bears)
Trademark: His hat
Clothier Nickname: The Mad Hatter

Our debut celebrity is a homeboy of mine. NFL stud safety, Chris Harris, safety for the NFC South Champion, Carolina Panthers. Chris is regarded as one of the best defenders in the NFL. I can personally vouch, he is one of the smoothest, most stylish and down-to-Earth brothers you will ever meet. Chris is the type of athlete you would want your child to have as a role model.
Unlike some athletes in the news lately, Chris takes great pride in never getting into trouble. He doesn't avoid having fun, he does it responsibly. He's a people's athlete. What else do you expect. He's from Arkansas!

I sat down at lunch with Chris and he shared these thoughts with me.
WTC- How would you define your style?
Chris- I consider my style laid back. I don’t like baggy clothes, unless I’m in athletic clothes. I like to throw my hat on and hit the spot. I like to have swagger.
WTC- What is the one item in your closet that you would never get rid of?
Chris- my hats, because my hat game is official right now. I can’t get rid of my hats.

WTC- What is one fashion trend you wish would go away and stay gone?
Chris- Skinny jeans. I can’t stand skinny jeans.
WTC- What is your trademark, and how did it come to be your trademark?
Chris-my hats. I was watching a Donnell Jones video and I thought it looked good. I never thought a hat would look good on me, but one day I just said I’m gonna try it, and I went out and people liked it, so I just stuck with it.

WTC- What era in time like?
Chris- The 30s. I like the times when everybody was clean. They wore hats, and they wore suits everywhere. I like the look on Idewild (the movie), that's a good look.

WTC-How do you want people to think of you?
Chris- I want people to think, “He’s a pretty cool guy. He was very laid back. He talked to us like an everyday person”.

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God Bless and dress well,
William the Clothier

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Church Clothes/ Club Clothes

A friend of mine asked me to explain the difference between church clothes and club clothes. I will do my best. But first let me offer this disclaimer. These are my beliefs, and if you feel differently, that's your right: God accepts us for who we are, and as we are. Regardless of how we dress. What's in our hearts is more important than what's on our backs. We should spend more time worrying about our own clothes that someone elses. That being said; one should pay attention to the way they dress in a number of places; especially the house of the Lord. If you have appropriate clothes to wear to church, you should do so. You really shouldn't look like you're transitioning from trying to get laid to trying to get saved. Your catch me/hump me boots, high cut skirt and low cut blouse may do wonders for your sex life, but it isn't beneficial to your, or other's, salvation. You should dress appropriately. If you wouldn't wear it to meet the President of the United States, you shouldn't wear it to meet the Creator of the United States.
But understand this. If this is all you have to wear, then go for it. I don't know your budget, and I don't know where you are in your walk with Christ. It is not my place to judge what I don't know. I would rather you be in church dressed unseemly, than to be at home dressed appropriately.
The house of God is all of our homes. It is not our place to get negatively involved in your salvation. If all you have is club clothes, becuase you are making a change in your life, then wear the club clothes. God will temper your heart when the time is right. And he will allow you to be able to get the clothing to dress appropriately. Until next time...
God Bless and dress well,
William the Clothier

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Always Wear A T- Shirt (Video)

Don't Wear A Button Down Collar With A Tie (video)

What Shoes Do You Wear With What Suit

I have been asked, by a good friend of mine, what color shoes do you wear with certain color suits. This will be short and sweet. Black shoes match every color suit. You can also wear brown with all shades of brown suits, and some grey and navy suits. If you attempt this, be very careful. It is very easy to make a huge mistake when venturing out to wear brown shoes with navy, and grey.
Now let's talk about the shoes. If at all possible, you should have at least 2-3 pairs of black shoes and 2-3 pairs of brown shoes; especially if you wear suits on a regular basis. They should be different styles, and should always be shined.
Some rules of thumb with shoes are:
1. Always wear shoes that are darker than your suit.
2. Wear shoes that match the dress level of your clothing. Slip on shoes are actually a casual shoes, (hence they just slip on-like slippers). If you are wearing a suit for professional reasons, you should wear a shoe with laces.
3. Make sure your shoes are always shined.
4. Dress shoes should be laced to be horizontal, not criss crossed. I don't always adhere to this because I don't find it to be that important. Now that I think of it, I better fix that now. I should practice what I preach.
Wearing blue, yellow and other various colors of shoes may sound like a good idea at church, but it is a disaster in the professional arena. Stick to black and brown and you will be just fine.
I hope this answers your question. Feel free to keep the questions coming. I appreciate it. Until next time...
God Bless and dress well,
William the Clothier
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

If You Wear a Shirt, Wear a T-Shirt

Listen fellas. I know some of you aren't hip to the dress game, and some of you are. For those of you who are; you know this fact to be true. Never leave the house without a t-shirt.
A t-shirt is to be worn at all times. Whether you are wearing a dress shirt, golf shirt, or a t-shirt, you should always wear a t-shirt, or an a-shirt (otherwise known as a wife beater). An a-shirt should be worn when you wear a t-shirt.
A t-shirt serves a number of purposes. It allows the outer shirt to drape properly without getting that "static cling" look when it sticks to your body.
It also allows a white shirt, especially a white dress shirt, to look crisp an clean. It really looks disgusting when someone wears a white shirt with no t-shirt and their skin shows through the shirt.
It serves as a mild sweat buffer. The t-shirt will absorb the moisture and allow the shirt to continue to have proper drape.
Last, but definitely not least, it absorbs odor. The t-shirt will trap the odor causing bacteria and prevent you from smelling through your clothes.
I know some of you are saying, "t-shirts get really hot in the summer time, and they don't breath well. Well, here's the solution to that! You can buy a 100% polytester t-shirt, much like the material used in the Under Armour clothing. It is like weight, and breathes extremely well. You dont even feel it, and it dries remarkably fast.
I hope you will take heed and follow my advice on this. You will look better, look more professional , and you will look more like a gentlemen. Until next time...
God Bless and dress well,
William the Clothier

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Word of the Day

Today's word of the day is EXTRAPOLATE
1: to infer (values of a variable in an unobserved interval) from values within an already observed interval
2 a: to project, extend, or expand (known data or experience) into an area not known or experienced so as to arrive at a usually conjectural knowledge of the unknown area
b: to predict by projecting past experience or known data intransitive
verb: to perform the act or process of extrapolating

Word in a sentence: To get to the full answer, we need to extrapolate the data to find the truth, not just scratch the surface.

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What Every Man Should Have in His Closet.

I get asked all the time, "What should I have in my closet?" This is a very good question. This is also an individual-based question. Reason being, I need the time to get to know your style, to pick out specific items in your wardrobe. But in my opinion, there are staples that every grown man should have in his closet.
Before I give you this list, suffer me this digression. If you only have 1 suit in your closet. That let's me know things about you. It tells me that you don't take your lady out to many nice restaurants. It tells me that you more than likely don't work in a corporate environment, and that you don't deal with many business professionals. The latter of these are fine, but fellas, spend some more time with your lady. Take her out somewhere that you have to actually get dressed for. Let her feel like Cinderella for at least one night every couple of months. She'd truly appreciate it.
Now, back to your wardrobe. Every man should have the following items:

1 navy suit
1 charcoal grey suit
1 black suit
1 brown or tan suit (optional)

Dress shirts:
3 white shirts with button collars
1 dress shirt with french cuffs
1 Carolina blue shirt (your choice of collar)
1 pink shirt
1 yellow or cream shirt

2 pair of cufflinks
Handkerchiefs to match your tie or shirt (doesn't have to always be worn)
5-10 ties

3 pair balck socks
3 grey socks
3 pair brown socks

1 pair of black shoes (shined at all times)
1 pair of brown shoes (shined at all times)

This is the minimum that a grown man's wardrobe should consist of. Feel free to add to this wardrobe as necessary. If you're saying right now that you don't have anyplace to wear these clothes, refer back to my second paragraph. Until next time...
God Bless and dress well,
William the Clothier
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Don't Button the Bottom Button

I don't believe I even have to post this. I really thought this was a given. You don't button the bottom button of your suit. Regardless of the number of buttons, you never, under any circumstances, button the bottom button. No only is it wrong, it just looks awkward.
Since some of you obviously don't know this, let me explain why. The botton button is to remain unbuttoned so the suit maintains a proper hang in the event that you have to put your hands in you pockets. Now I understand the current style for suits has dual side vents. Though this will still allow suits to hang well, even with the bottom button buttoned (say that fast), it is still improper.
It is also to give the suit proper leg room and drape as you walk. You ever notice how well a suit flows as a gentlemen walks across the room? It looks powerful, confident, and bold. This is a must if you want to maintain a image of success. So, if you see someone out and about in their suit with the bottom button buttoned (again, say that fast), do them a favor, and let them know this. Until next time....

God Bless and dress well,

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