Evolution is still in the core of earth and our lives; and gone the days when women out-dressed men. In this twenty-first century, men have evolved at a rapid rate, and with the speed of thought. These days’ men dress more than the women; and funnier still, old men seem to be more fashion-informed than the youth. You may be wondering what is it they did that made and still makes them stand out. They did not do anything special. They only obeyed the commandments of fashion:
1. IF IT IS NOT FITTING, THROW IT IN THE BASKET:
Thou shall not wear clothes that are large or too large. Tight clothes should not be found on you. It has to fit. No two ways about it.
2. FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
Thou shall not be a banker on your upper body and look like an ‘agbero’ on your lower body. If you want to be a rock star, be the rock star. If you want to be a pastor, be the pastor. Your upper and lower body needs to match.
3. SIMPLE, BUT STRONG:
You have no right to over dress. Under dressing is still not allowed; at least, not yet. You do not have to impress people with your fashion taste. All you need is to be comfortable with what you wear. But let your state of comfort impress people. Nevertheless, it pays to be a little bit over-dressed than being under-dressed. Warning: take the occasion into cognizance because your CEO/MD may give you the sack if you attract more attention. Remember what King Saul did David after he had slain Goliath.
4. OBEY THE LITTLE THINGS:
It is little things that sting the most. Little things spread the malaria parasite. Some unseen little virus can destroy the immune system. Pay attention to your tie, socks, watch, collar and the pinky ring. Though they are small, and perhaps the last to be worn, they become the first to be seen. Remember faith is like a mustard seed. Do not forget that it can move mountains.
5. DO NOT WORSHIP BRAND NAMES:
Do not wear that shirt or trouser or tie or shoes because it is Fendi or D&G or Armani. Do not wear that shirt because Will Smith endorsed it. Do not buy that trouser because D’banj wore it. It has to be of the best quality. Yes, the best quality.
6. THOU SHALL NOT DO FREE ADS:
If PEPSI or INDOMIE are not paying you for wearing that branded T-shirt, you have no right to be a walking bill-board. Do not embark on a lone campaign. It is a sin against fashion.
7. BE ABREAST:
Fashion is timeless and infinite. It is never up-to-date. Therefore, you have to keep working on your style every time just as you feed your belly five times a day. Remember, your style tells me who you are. Dress the way you want to be addressed.
8. DO NOT BE A RAINBOW:
Thou shall not wear more than three colours unless you intend planning a coup to usurp the rainbow. And the colours should match!. Hell yes!
9. SHAVE! SHAVE! SHAVE!
Keep the beard neat. Your fashion sense can be 100% but an unkempt beard brings it down to 20% because nobody is going to be looking at your outfit anymore but your unkempt beard. Your beard is going to be shouting so loud that they cannot hear what your outfit is saying. Remember what a drop of contaminated water did to a drum of pure water.
10. KEEP THE HOLES CLEAN:
Before you go get a shave, clean those nostrils. Mucus are not allowed. Do not let your barber see them lest he should have a low-esteem of you that even your golden fashion sense would not be able to redeem.
11. DO NOT BE CAUGHT:
Do not be caught in dusty shoes. Do not be caught in off-black shoes. Do not be caught…just make sure your shoes are in their primordial shape.
Fashion is a means of communication! Don’t forget!