A recent e-mail from a viewer prompted this latest blog entry. She asked me if I minded wearing a suit and tie in the early morning and who picks out my clothing ( i.e. “the wife”).
To be honest, I have always been somewhat of a clothes “horse”. I love to shop and wear bold and interesting suits and ties. When I was in sports, I had plenty of flexibility in that department ( just take a look at the following screen shots from the past year ).
In sports, you could pretty much wear what you want and I think it was we sports guys that began the trend of “business casual” and have kept it going all these years.
But when I made the switch over to news, I figured I also had to make the switch over to a more conservative look. Let’s be honest, the last person you want to be getting the news from is someone who looks like they are about to hear out afterwards and visit the local dance clubs. At the same time, I’m not about to starting dressing like I work for IBM. Take a look at the more “conservative” Andrew Stockey and the clothing choices I have worn while working the morning news desk.
While I like to get dressed up, my wife does not handle the responsibility of putting me together each day. I’m proud to say I make my own clothing choices and often I will put together combinations of my own.
For some reason, there is this school of thought that men cannot dress themselves without some professional help. If that is the case, then let me help the fashion-challenged gentlemen of western Pennsylvania. Here are just a few hints that I live by.
1. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A $300 SUIT AND A $1000 SUIT ON TV, IS $700.
Since we’re not in the Hi-definition TV world just yet, the really expensive suits don’t come across that way on local TV. That means that you shouldn’t go out and spend big bucks, but buy a reasonably priced, well-made suit that handles the daily wear and tear. You can go to a men’s specialty store, like Berks’ in North Huntingdon, where I have been able to find a selection of well-made and affordable suits.
2. STAY ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW WHEN IT COMES TO SHIRTS.
The shirt should be always be a straight collar, which look cleaner, and it should always be dry-cleaned. Never wear a button down, unless you are going casual and not wearing a tie.
3. TIES MAKE THE SUIT
I can wear the same dark suit every anchor on TV wears, but I can stand out by wearing bold and colorful ties. While I shop everywhere for suits, I buy my ties at Bachrach of Monroeville because they carry the kind ties that really make a statement.
4. FINALLY, COME UP WITH YOUR OWN FLAIR
Finding a look that is uniquely you. For me, that’s wearing cufflinks from time to time or sporting a two-button suit. Anything that allows your personal style to come out.
Guys, I hope that answers all your sartorial conundrums. Ladies, in case you need more help dressing your man, I always find the latest issue of GQ very helpful. Happy shopping!