Are you still wearing free t-shirts and calling it style? If so, Esquire Magazine has some advice for you—take them off!! With the advent of the internet and all things tech, startup T-shirts became the rage as startup companies handed them out like candy. Men across America began wearing them with jeans, sweaters, and even under suit jackets. The popular magazine recently released an article that was based on a Tumblr piece called Dudes in Startup Shirts, and makes fun of men in the shirts. The article is complete with many photos of men who, quite frankly, think they look better than they really do in the shirts. Here are some of the highlights from the article:
- In a couple of the photos, men are shown either eating pizza or standing over a pizza with a knife ready to cut it. In all of the pizza photos, the men are wearing T-shirts that advertise startups, many of which most people have never heard of.
- There were many photos of men at tech conferences who wore the T-shirts to advertise their brand. This is the one instance where we believe the shirts may be appropriate
- One photo showed a man being led away in handcuffs with a startup logo blazing across the front of the shirt. This is one type of publicity the startup founders probably never counted on, or wished for.
- Thumbs up poses were big in the article, especially when the photo showed men in groups. They would cluster around each other, all with goofy grins and giving a thumbs up to the camera.
As you can imagine, the magazine article didn’t show men—or their fashion sense—in the best light. The takeaway from the piece is that it’s time for men to start taking their fashion seriously, and free startup T-shirts just aren’t going to cut it. The problem is that the American style of men’s fashion is currently undergoing major changes, and the men portrayed in these photos are simply not keeping up with the times.
The New American Style
While it was considered hip in the past decade for men to be charmingly sloppy as they were dressed in jean with baggy shirts or the startup tees mentioned above, that look is past its prime. Today’s men are waking up and realizing that the rest of the world has left them behind when it comes to fashion. For instance, in Europe, which has been long considered the place for fashion icons, men are wearing more sophisticated styles. Long gone are the baggy shirts that make men look dowdy. They have been replaced for a more fitted style that is far more appealing for all body types. In addition, rather than the simple blend of cotton tees and the baggy shirts of yesteryear, the new styles are made with high quality fabrics, such as Turkish cotton, arguably the most luxurious fabric to hit men’s fashion in decades. In addition, men are challenging the status quo by insisting on men’s shirts that have character, rather than the one style for everyone theme of the past decade. The new shirts feature contrasting collars and cuffs in a multitude of colors and styles that allow men to express themselves while still remaining fashionable and sophisticated.
Have You Seen Our Men’s Shirts?
If you ‘re not familiar with our brand, you’re going to be surprised when you see our line of men’s shirts. You see, we realized some time ago that American men were falling behind in the fashion world, and we introduced a line that brought the highlights of European style to the American man. We feature Turkish cotton shirts with the fitted lines that have taken Europe by storm. In addition, we offer a wide range of colors, along with contrasting cuffs and collars to fit every man’s style.
So Take off the Tees!
While it’s true that every man needs free T-shirts, however goofy, the fashion magazine makes a valid suggestion: wear them in the privacy of your own home. And after reviewing the pictures and comments from Esquire Magazine and the tumbler site, it might be wise to follow their advice and only wear the shirts while cleaning out your gutters, painting your house or, while working out at the gym. And when you’re trying to make a good impression, or are out in public, keep up with today’s style by wearing shirts that will keep you feeling comfortable and looking your best. If you haven’t already, take a look around our site and see what today’s fashionable man is wearing.