Menswear Moment: Pope Francis is Esquire’s Best Dressed Man for 2013

Pope Francis, Esquire's Best Dressed Man of 2013, is both simple and snappy.  For a Pope, that is...
Pope Francis, Esquire’s Best Dressed Man of 2013, is both simple and snappy. For a Pope, that is…
\r\n\r\nHuh?  A Pope who eschews custom-made red leather loafers is 2013’s Best Dressed Man?  Really??\r\n\r\nIt actually makes my frugal little heart jump with joy to see this, although I do find his wardrobe color choice a bit limited….\r\n\r\nEsquire quotes FIT asstant professor of menswear design, Mark-Evan Blackman on the choice of the “People’s Pope”:\r\n

“His mode of dressing really does reflect the mindset behind it,” says Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor of menswear design at FIT, of Pope Francis. “I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role.”

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I knew it was all about those tacky red shoes….

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Aside from that, what is most notable about the Pope’s style is that it reflects who he is and his mission.  His style is all about his character as a man, not about the kind of character he might be.  Those red shoes, to Pope Francis, sent the wrong message (boy, do they!) and so do other garments, like fur-lined robes, that were worn by Popes of the Past.

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Pope Francis will have none of that–any more than he will have a Mercedes-Benz as a Popemobile or live in the Apostolic Palace.  Nope.  Not this guy.

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Maybe this is what it should be all about for men and women: that the manner of their dress reflects their character as men or women.  Manner of dress should perhaps have less to do with being skinny, wearing designer labels, and so forth.

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A pretty good idea–simplify your wardrobe and make it reflect your character– don’t you think?

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