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Excuse Me, Did They Run Out of Fabric?

You work out. We get it. But that’s no reason to assault the rest of the supermarket/nightclub/coffee shop with your “winking pectoral muscles”*. I appreciate a well-defined frame as much as the next person [looks in mirror and sighs], but I don’t need to see your areola while I’m trying to decide between Organic Raw Blue Agave Nectar and No. 2 Amber maple syrup.

I’m referring to men who wear plunging V-neck tee shirts; tank tops with the arms cut ridiculously low; or V-tanks [the illogical marriage of both aforementioned items] in a size that can only be described as smedium.

Now there are only a few reasons why a man should wear any of these in public:

1 – He’s working out [in a gym].

2 – He’s doing yard work.

3 – He has a part-time job as a goblin.

4 – He’s on a beach.

5 – It’s Halloween.

That’s it.

I’m all for being on-trend, however, exaggerated fashion is suitable for the catwalk not the sidewalk. Men should make an effort in their casual dressing – have a complete look that’s tied together with proper footwear and an accessory [maybe a hat]. Aim to look polished, not like you’re auditioning to be an extra in Jersey Shore 3D [you know it’s just a matter of time before that becomes a reality].

*Term credited to Meghan Butler.


In Defense Of Collar Stays

Once during a trip abroad, a friend saw me inserting collar stays into the collar of my shirt. He asked “What are those?” I responded. He continued, “Aren’t those just things you throw away like the tissue and cardboard they use to stuff the shirt?” I called him a Philistine and immediately cancelled brunch. Who am I kidding? I’d never skip a meal, except that one time when I was on Master Cleanse. Now I know why hungry people are mean. Alas, I digress.

For the uninitiated, collar stays are those plastic or metal strips that are inserted into the collar flip of a dress shirt. This ensures that the collar is kept both straight and unwrinkled. Oftentimes dress shirts come with plastic stays which need to be replaced when they bend. You can purchase collar stays in most menswear stores.

Collar stays should be removed from shirts before cleaning and ironing. If you iron a shirt with the collar stay still in-place *scoff of derision* then you should go back to kindergarten then both the shirt and plastic collar stay will be vulnerable to damage. After all, no one wants that shiny collar stay outline on the collar. Some shirts do however have collar stays which are sewn into the collar, thus aren’t removable. Exercise caution when ironing such shirts, use medium heat when pressing the collar and always iron the outside of the collar [the part that is not seen] – this goes for all shirts.

Metal collar stays are highly advantageous as they will never bend and make the collar look crisper and stand more upright than the plastic versions. There are a number of various metal options on the market such as brass, stainless steel and silver. Alternatives to metal and plastic come in the forms of mother of pearl, horn and whalebone.

A well-dressed man would never wear a dress shirt without collar stays. After all a limp collar is as attractive as a limp …


Re: Regular Doses of TNU

Simply put, I’m going to blog more. I will be updating The Natty Urbanite daily er regularly for all of 2011.

Blogging is hard work. Very hard work. That Julie & Julia movie made it seem like a walk in the park. Not to mention my dear friends Seven Dollar Pants who seem to do it effortlessly. However, this journey will be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful.

Therefore I’m promising to make use of The Daily Post, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals. If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll write positive comments and give me lots of ‘likes’. Oh and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @nattyurbanite.

Be well,


Here’s that Amy Adams dusting her pixie dust over unsuspecting bloggers in Julie & Julia.


The New Natty Urbanite

Dear Blogosphere:

Thanks for being patient; welcome to the new & improved The Natty Urbanite. As you’ll notice I’ve switched my focus to something I’m obsessed with – manly gentlemanly behaviour.

Gentleman [n]: a man whose conduct conforms to a high standard of propriety or correct behaviour

This blog will be a guide to becoming a gentleman. No, that does not mean an instructional guide to engaging in a duel, but rather I’ll highlight the skills and mannerisms becoming of a modern gentleman. From how to properly make a bed to the ideal way to resign from your job, I’ll share with you the knowledge that I have garnered from my career and upbringing.

So grab a G&T [that’s gin and tonic for the uninitiated] and join me in toasting the new TNU.


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