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The evolution of style explained by the movie "The Hustler"

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Art can imitate life especially in certain movies. For a man that is looking to develop a sense of style, he should watch "The Hustler", a 1961 movie starring Paul Newman, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie. Throughout the movie, the characters all showed a well-developed sense of style. Even Jackie Gleason's role as Minnesota Fats shows the viewer a man with a sense of style whose character is overweight. For example, Newman, who plays young pool hustler, "Fast Eddie" Felsen travels to the town of Ames to play the best pool player in the country, Gleason's character, "Minnesota" Fats. Felsen and Fats play 40 straight hours of pool and at one point, Felsen is up $18,000 in the game. As Felsen is revelling in his glory of beating the best pool player, Fats is in his private bathroom at the pool hall, combing his hair and freshening up during a break. Fats comes out calm from the bathroom and shows Felsen he's ready to continue playing pool where he climbs out of the $18,000 hole and leaves "Fast Eddie" on the floor passed out. Eddie Felsen shows his underdevloped style at one point in the movie as he explains it to his love interest, Piper Laurie. He tells her that he feels great playing pool and its important for a man to be great at something. It could be anything, he says, as long as he knows what he's doing and why and can make it come off.

A man must rely on his sense of style during every type of obstacle he encounters in his professional work day and in his social spheres of activity. Also he must adjust to increases and decreases in activity levels, tempo and pace of the day. A bathroom at the local McDonald's or at his job could act as an oasis where he could clean himself up (shave, change clothes, re-wash) and meditate for a bit before returning to the rest of the day's activities. A man's manners and awareness of specific situations at work or in social settings can save him from embarassment and distinguish him from the rest of the herd of men by others. Men's style and fashion isn't just his wardrobe selections but more his overall attitude and presence to his surroundings, i.e., the world at large. This is the difference between Men's and Women's fashion where women match patterns and colors which looks pretty but men must wear clothes that project their inner selves and the comfort they have. Women's fashion has worked hard to get to the point where a woman's style denotes her individual comfort but they still must deal with stigmas of being too "butch" or too feminine and docile. Men's fashion lost this vision with the introduction of casualwear to work but as men can remove old labels (stuffed shirts vs hippies vs rebels/gangstas) it will evolve.