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TV Newsmen Who Can't Dress Themselves:

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrDaniels, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    So,

    I have been taking note of news anchor Rick Folbaum (apparantly formerly on FoxNews) on New York's Fox 5 6pm newscast. Specifically, his complete ignorance on how to button a suit coat, particularily when one is being broadcast to millions of households in America's largest television market (which includes America's fashion center). As you will see from the attched picture files, he almost exclusively wears three-button suits and has the nasty and annoying habit of constantly buttoning the bottom button. Now this looks downright dorky when he is standing, but then he actually SITS with the coat buttoned all the way to the bottom and you can see how this makes the front of his coat buckle and bubble.

    These pictures could be used in a textbook to demonstrate why NOT to button the bottom button EVER. How is it that a man can work in an industry where apprearance is so vital and never learn this? I cannot believe that the station does not have a style consultant that might catch this, or at least you would think this jackasses' tailor would watch his client on TV to see how his work was holding up and tell him to stop doing such horrible things to his suits!

    What do you guys think? Once I get some good comments, I am going to forward the link to this topic to his station manager. Maybe we could do this to some other poorly-dressed men in the media...these guys are the only men in suits some people get to see on a regualr basis; they should be better role models dammit!
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  2. AlanC

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    Why these stations don't have some sort of style consultant is beyond me. Maybe they do and they should all be fired. I'm constantly wanting to email them advice. So far I've restrained myself. [​IMG]
     
  3. MrDaniels

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    Why these stations don't have some sort of style consultant is beyond me. Maybe they do and they should all be fired. I'm constantly wanting to email them advice. So far I've restrained myself. [​IMG]

    Let's start a movement Alan! Maybe they dress them poorly as part of a plot devised by George Zimmer...he is notorious for advertising during the local news...he wants the anchormen to look as bad as the men in his ads...(Conspiracy Music plays)
     
  4. Uncletoad

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    Appalling. You'd think his agent or handlers would work on that. I see this quite a bit too and am amazed how these guys get gigs.
     
  5. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    People who appear on TV are sometimes told to button up their coats. Maybe he thought that meant the bottom, too.
     
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    part of the problem could be that alot of these people work their way up through the ranks - starting at small local markets and moving to mid and then major markets - and from what i undertstand they do not make great monet till they get to the major markets - and by that time they probably already have bad dress habits and are accustomed to shopping at the local department store (or worse) for their suits.

    that being said you would think Fox would take the time out to make sure their flagship station anchors look the part...........
     
  7. BrooklynMike

    BrooklynMike Well-Known Member

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    We need more Larry Kudlow-types.
     
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    We need more Larry Kudlow-types.


    Agreed. L. Kudlow, M. Lauer and A. Cooper are all well dressed.
     
  9. MrDaniels

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    Agreed. L. Kudlow, M. Lauer and A. Cooper are all well dressed.

    Lauer is above reproach. NBC should send their consultant to FOX.
     
  10. GreyFlannelMan

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    We need more Larry Kudlow-types.

    Agreed, but keep in mind that Kudlow was a banker in his previous life, so he's had access to and the means to acquire fine clothing for some time.

    Also, the guy shown in the original photos comes from Fox News, which sort of prides itself on being an everyman's sort of network.
     
  11. MrDaniels

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    You ever wonder if the suit manufacturers who dress these guys who don't know the basics on dressing appropriately might start to run a sheer thread through the opening of the bottom buttonhole so that one would still have the visual line of the bottom button, with none of the worry that some idiot would go around with it actually buttoned?
     
  12. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Maybe he's fasteningthe bottom button to hide the tie (which would be a fit issue). The rest of his outfit looks fine.

    In general, newscasters and TV commentators seem to be dressing better in recent years. High-definition television might have something to do with it.
     
  13. MrDaniels

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    I don't know..the tie knot is pretty thick, so I would guess that it bottom of the tie isn't hanging too low. Still inexcusable in my book.
     
  14. Jovan

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    I think you all are making way too big a deal of this...
     
  15. GreyFlannelMan

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    I think you all are making way too big a deal of this...

    I think you're probably right. I don't think the average news viewer really gives a crap about whether an anchor reporter buttons all of his jacket buttons, or if his jacket fits.

    Plus, the suit manufacturers don't "dress" these anchors (to provide free clothing would violate ethics). They are generally responsible for their own wardrobe. It's only in the largest markets that they even get any sort of allowance for doing so.
     
  16. mensimageconsultant

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    When standing with all the buttons fastened, it does create a rather stiff look that most people probably sense.
     
  17. MrDaniels

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    When standing with all the buttons fastened, it does create a rather stiff look that most people probably sense.

    Exactly. Not only stiff, but DORKY! This is why moviemakers will portray asinine characters as buttoning all the buttons-see Steve Martin as the bumbling Clouseau in the recent "Pink Panther" for reference.

    And not only does it make the guy look stuff, it makes the front of the jacket- particularily the area around the buttons buckle and wrinkle. This would be bad enough in a business meeting, but with a camera close-up on the anchor's torso right on your TV screen it exaggerates the sloppy and/ or stiff look.

    As far as "making a big deal about this" have you READ this board?!?!? This is where people come to obsess about the minutae of wearing business clothing in the proper fashion-I've seen far smaller details debated here for far longer . And here we have a guy looking like ass in the largest TV market and fashion center in this hemispehre. You want some college kid to see a guy dressing like this on TV and think it's OK and then show up for a job interview with the bottom button of his suit coat buttoned, looking like a dumb kid whose father never taught him how to dress like a gentleman and a professional?

    If this isn't a "big deal" Mr. Jovan, I suggest you put your money where your suit is, and the next time you have to make an important presentation do it in a three-button suit with all buttons buttoned so that it 1)looks like you are in a straight jacket 2) makes you look stiff and 3) limits your arm movement.
     

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