When the issue of the church dress code comes up, it seems that there is invariably someone out there who feels that quality dress and grooming is somewhat elitist. What about those of us who simply lack the fiscal resources to partake in that transformative male experience of the custom tailored suit?
Well fear not, my brethren. There is hope. And once again, the mammon of unrighteousness is lighting the way for us all.
The September issue of Esquire magazine just announced the winners of its “Best Dressed Real Man” contest. Among them is a 26 year old clothing salesman from Philadelphia, Clifton Wilson. Sharp looking lad, no question.
But the kicker is in the fabulous tidbit of advice he imparts to all we would-be travelers on the road to sartorial splendor:
“I used to go to thrift stores and buy a suit for eight dollars. I’d take it to the tailor and get it recut for fifty dollars, and I’d have a custom suit for fifty-eight dollars. I did that for years.”
Glory be! Buy that man a drink! Err…. Well anyway, I hope there’s an honorary place in Heaven for this guy just for that comment alone!
So no excuses guys. We’re all Americans here (well, except for Ronan…) and there’s nothing more American than self-reinvention. I challenge each and every one of you to find a fashionable young lady (ask your Relief Society President if you have to) and set forth on your own road to fashion greatness. The three-piece suit and tie is our modern equivalent of a knight’s suit of armor. The change in attitude you will experience in “suiting up” alone is worth the price of admission.
Now my son, you are a man!
P.S. A shout-out to Ronan over at BCC for providing the inspiration for this post. Take a cue from the Brits. Those folk know how to dress!