There is no excuse to look like sh!t

I was at an evening event recently, and could not believe how poorly guys dressed.  Being a professional retailer, I simply have to emote … and sincerely hope that this message gets around, because guys and their significant others, should care more.

What’s with this “no tie” thing (at a dressier event/fundraiser), and what has happened to dressing up to show some respect.  At this event, a lot of men were not wearing ties, and their open neck shirts (checks and plaids) were ugly.  I wonder how in the world could they think that they looked so “fashionable”. 

When one is at a fancy gathering honoring someone/something, people should show more respect.  If the attitude is, I can wear anything I want, then wearing jeans and a t-shirt to these kinds of events cannot be far behind.

 It should be noted that most of the men that were wearing ties, had really sharp ones on, and they and their outfits looked great (and appropriate).

Then there were the guys that were wearing pants that were way to slim for them.  Their stomach was hanging over their waist band, their pocket openings were gaping, and everything in their pockets were bulging out.  I’d like to know what salesperson helped fit these outfits, or if their significant other, actually thought they looked good.  There is nothing wrong with tight pants (for a very casual look), but there is a time and place.

For those that want to know, the trend in Europe is for clothing to be loser, especially for fashionable sportswear and suiting.  A pant where the fabric drapes a bit is so much more sophisticated.

Other fashion that is trending in includes, pleated pants, longer shirt collars (and pointier), easier fitting shirts, soft shoulders, jackets just above the bottom of ones seat (sorry guys, narrow ties and lapels, really short jackets, and really tight fitting clothing, is out). There are many aspects to dressing well.  Your fashion look and styling is important, but so is the fit of your garments.

If a man is shorter, he should make that extra effort to dress with the right proportions, as that detail becomes ever so important.

If a jacket is too long (suit or sport jacket) it looks dowdy and (I hate to say) makes a guy look even shorter than he is (even if he is 5’7”).

A jacket should come just above a guy’s seat, and the sleeve should end at the break of the wrist. A salesperson should never let you out of the store with a sleeve that is too long.

At ROBBIE BROWN, clothing for men up to 5’8”, all this is easy, as clothing in shorter sizes, is all we do.  Whether a man is short (5’5” – 5’8”) or extra short (5’2” – 5’5”), or if he wears a 31” or 32” sleeve length, we have the right sizing … not only will you look great, but you will feel amazing. 

Although we have only recently opened (September 2016), we have had customers come in from across Canada and the United States, and they love the fact that they can be fit proportionately, off-the-rack.  What is even better is that they appreciate the fact that we carry quality clothing that is fashionable (I think too many specialty store stick to older looking patterns and boring basics.  I don’t want to be a trendy store, but I do want to be a modern fashionable store.  I like to follow European trends, and be at the front of the fashion curve, because I know that my customers are going to expect that here.  

Unfortunately (and totally unfounded) shorter guys are judged more harshly than the taller guy, when it comes to fashion.  As a result, you should care how you look, and always “want” to look amazing.


Robbie Brown is a retail entrepreneur and fashion innovator.  He is currently building a retail concept called, ROBBIE BROWN, clothing for men up to 5’8” (a fashionable and better quality store for shorter men).


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