The Rein kids are big fans of the FX show "Rescue Me." Could be because the eldest Rein is a part-time firefighter in a small Minnesotan town, or it could be that we dig Denis Leary's sense of humor. Either way, you can thank Season One for this latest Minneapolis Men's Style post.
In one of the early episodes, Denis Leary's character shouts "I'm sure Black & Decker makes an attachment for that!" while threatening to help remove his daughter's newly inked tattoo. And while the moment generated laughter, it certainly got this girl thinking.
There are a lot of guys who live there life by the Black & Decker way. By that, we mean if it can't be solved by tools and elbow grease, they aren't interested. And really, that's where style starts to get a bad rap. There's not a Chilton's manual for it, or a basic tool kit with optional attachments to buy for specialized jobs. Caring about how you look starts to feel unncessary and hard work.
Clearly, the existence of this column tells you just we feel about that train of thought. And it's not because we don't love our wrench sets and Chilton's manuals. [Because we do]. Our response breaks down into two points:
1) Looking good does matter.
Don't believe us? Reputed fashion channel Women's Wear Daily recently reported that the Men's Wearhouse "Well-Dressed Men" survey found that " well-dressed men are seen as sexier, smarter and more successful." Well-dressed guys make a better impression at work and with the opposite sex.
2) Looking good can be just as systematic and ordered as your tool box.
There are manuals. Besides this column, we like this book. Or get inspired by the blogs, magazine coverage, and other guides available.
See? Not so mysterious after all. So get out there, dear and wonderful Men of Minnesota, and show us your style. Like the survey says, we promise to find you sexier for it.
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