Tuesday Menswear Moment: Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne at the 2013 Emmys. Bobby gets the details right with a simple well-tailored dark suit and trim silk tie.  No satin lapels needed.
Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne at the 2013 Emmys. Bobby gets the details right with a simple well-tailored dark suit and trim silk tie. No satin lapels needed.
\r\n\r\nBobby Cannavale is the kind of guy my Mom would never let me date: tall, dark, very Italian in so many ways.  And when he was on Boardwalk Empire, all I could think about were some of the stories my Mom told me about her childhood….and gangsters coming to my grandparents’ home.  But it’s what he said in the March, 2014 print edition of  Esquire that got me to take another look:\r\n

“Details count.  They’re a sign of maturity, of the fact that you’re not just hanging out in a stinky bar anymore.  It’s more like sitting in a good little place, having a real drink and a good conversation, when your friend goes, Hey Man, that sweater’s cool.  Drinking old-fashioneds and complimenting each other’s socks and sweaters; That’s what men do.  Doesn’t mean I’m going to run out and start wearing bolo ties.”

\r\nThis quote reminds me of two things: (1) that more women would benefit if they too paid attention to details, and (2) that women might want to consider complimenting men more than we do. I don’t know, but I think that men often get short-shrift when it comes to compliments. Sure, we’re apt to criticize men when they don’t dress well, but what about when they do? Do we take the time to notice? Do we (if we have fashion sense) help them to put together great outfits so that they will look good not just for us but for the world? Don’t we want our men to look great, whether it’s in suits or jeans or whatever? Sure, there are guys who really don’t care about how they dress, but there’s a good number that do, and appreciate the subtle advice. IMO, we girls appreciate it too–whether we like to admit it or not. So, let’s help each other look more like grown-ups and less like badly dressed teenagers. :)\r\n\r\nPhoto courtesy of HQWallpapers

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