Day #121: The Minders – “Hand Me Downs”
Long ago, Phillipe introduced me to the Nerd Boyfriend (NBF) style blog, which provides guidance to those young lads who wish to take their fashion cues from memorable pop culture icons, however obscure they may be. There’s quite a variety to select from. Perhaps he does well with a Warren Beatty-inspired ensemble that says, “When you meet my parents, please don’t bring up Nixon.” Or, consider Paul McCartney’s wintery Alps look, giving your boyfriend that charming look of the Scandanavian lumberjack cousin who doesn’t speak any English you never had. Can your guy pull off the anemic cab driver as well as David Johanson did in Scrooged? Or Kyle MacLachlan’s Greyhound bus hobo chic? That messenger bag holds a spare trucker hat just for you, honey. Are you ready to hit the road?
But, okay, maybe your boyfriend is more of a modern guy. You could always give him a copy of J Crew’s winter catalog and let him go wild. It could litrally transform him into something of a dashing young Rob Lowe, unless your BF is neither dashing nor young, but instead just a guy decked out in winter J Crew wear. But wait, what is he to do during the other seasons? No problem! For those spring and fall days of cooler temperatures, he could probably do well with a light sweater, and perhaps, a hat. The only question that remains is: does he prefer a sweater vest or cardigan? For the remaining months, just fill his closet with a dozen of the light, casual suits you see here sported by Michael Caine. Feel free to line his pockets with packs of imported European cigarettes and give frequent encouragement that he take up smoking to really make this wardrobe come alive.
Or girls, maybe your fellow could use some new work clothes. Something to replace all those boring baby blue shirts, monochrome ties, and khaki slacks, perhaps? Well you’ve come to the right place! Try this outfit James Joyce is modeling. Following in the footsteps of a famous writer, he will not only be ready for that job interview, but with those sunglasses, he can also disguise himself as a blind man and go panhandling on the rush hour trains if he doesn’t get the job. But, if he still insists on those goddamn pastels and neutrals, then get thee to Richard Ayoade! (Hubba hubba).
Maybe you are shopping for your next date. If he’s taking you to a popular event, take some fashion tips from A Tribe Called Quest and never lose him in a crowd again! Or, perhaps you need to be prepared for the spontaneous camping trip in Northwestern America. Maybe by way of a sea plane? Let John Denver be your guide. Or, if your dates may involve spontaneous parachuted jumps from helicopters in tropical climates, Ralph Lauren can help you both plan an appropriate wardrobe.
I’m not sure how many lads were inspired by this photo of designer, Charles Eames.
He looks like a former milk delivery man who became an agoraphobic when home milk delivery became an obsolete practice. But, agoraphobic milk man or no, there are still guys who can make that look work.
Girls, don’t fret. You, too, can accessorize and stylize with Nerd Girlfriend. Alternatively, these two blogs are going to be really handy come Halloween time.