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Paul Newman Spread - GQ's February Issue


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Jan 18, 2009
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Just picked up the new issue of GQ and I came away very impressed overall (the 50 things to be 'hopeful' about was interesting, as were the Russell Brand and LeBron James features). One section in particular I felt was noteworthy. Using deceased style icons appears to be a trend for GQ and a welcome one. This month they featured the style of Paul Newman and I thought that the feature was superb and could be circulated as a rather abbreviated textbook entitled "How to Ensure You Don't Dress Like a Jackass". The entire spread features clothes that some may think of as "conservative", but still manage to look unquestionably cool. Even the traditional "short sides and back" haircut manages to look classically cool.

There is no link I can provide to the pictures on the GQ website. However, if you have the magazine in front of you, I think that if you pay more attention to the looks as a whole rather than the associated "tips", you will agree. The first picture suggests going with a dark suit, white shirt and dark (fairly narrow) tie; the second suggests going with a lighter coloured v-neck sweater (in this case, light blue); the third picture has a dark, fitted cotton trench coat over a plain white t-shirt; the fourth is is probably my least favourite look, but I would agree you cannot go wrong with trouser-cut plaid bermuda shorts and a plain white t-shirt; the fifth says that if you have a perfectly fitted suit, you can lose the belt and tie and wear a plain white oxford and look great (also featured is a simple watch with leather strap); and the final picture isn't quite as feasible as an everyday look, but if you live in New Mexico, a Stetson, western shirt and worked-in jeans would work well (the western shirt is cool by itself anywhere).

I realize that these are hardly ground-breaking ideas or looks, but they nonetheless provide for an awesome, back to the basics, trip through "Dressing Like a Man" fundamentals.

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