A Gentlemanly Rebuttal

nov 06 2014

I recently stumbled upon this list of characters and how to dress like them (kinderspul.com). But I won’t lie this is going to be a short, possibly silly, poorly explained rant and I don’t care.  I’m kinda mad.   I have some issues with the post. First and foremost, they may look like traditional gents, but they sure as hell don’t always act like it. Is that no longer what being a gentleman is really about? I won’t open that can of worms now, but I will say that I think that Walt acts like more of a gentleman than those guys. Gatsby dies for a married girl he dated forever ago, Chuck Bass and Harvey are not that great to be around, and Don Draper? Don is a hot mess and always has been.

Second, isn’t anyone else tired of a modern gentleman being portrayed as a high-powered New Yorker? I want some variety. If being gentlemanly really is supposed to be based on how you act, shouldn’t there be a bit more variety in there?  I vote yes.

To remedy both those greivances in one fell swoop, I present my case for a gentleman character whose style you should be emulating: Walt Longmire.

He’s about as different from those other guys as you can get. Cowboy hat, denim (seriously, why don’t those other guys wear denim?), boots, and a coat. It’s as invariable as the suits those guys choose as their uniform.

But there’s something more authentic about it isn’t there? Less polished, yet more expressive of who he is. He’s a sheriff that works outside in a world not as dominated by sartorial choices but more by how a man acts. His wardrobe perfectly reflects that. That’s true style. Sure, a slick suit would look great, but who would take him seriously or, for that matter, think the man hadn’t lost his mind? Take a page from Walt’s book. Be yourselves, dress yourselves, gentlemen.  Not everyone needs a suit everyday.

This is Walt. You know exactly what to expect.

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