When I flipped through the men's fashion magazine, WWD, and came across a story on designer John Galliano's new line, I pointed out the pictures of a model to a co-worker.
"Hey [co-worker], get a load of this outfit," I said.
"He looks like a pirate - like he's trying to be Johnny Depp or something," my co-worker said with a laugh.
"Yeah, but he's rocking that outfit," I said in reply.
It's true, the guy did look like a pirate. He was wearing a brown, leather, tri-cornered hat, cocked back so it barely sat on the back of his head; pirate-style boots with the tops turned down; a big, tan peacoat, with big, brown buttons and straps around the cuffs, and a robin's egg blue waistcoat, with goldleaf trim, and buttons that matched the ones on the peacoat.
I'm sorry, I know it resembles a Halloween costume, but this guy truly was rocking the pirate look. He looked like what you would get if you put an alternative rocker in a pot with Captain Morgan, stirred it all together and poured a single person on to the floor.
I'll tell you this, if you wore only the peacoat and the boots, you'd have a pretty fashionable workplace outfit.
But, then again, I'm not one to settle for the traditional shirt and tie, or polo for the work place. Well, I kinda am, but I'm always on the look out for something hip to liven up my outfits.
People should not be afraid to be a little forward-thinking when it comes to fashion. A few extra straps here and there never hurt anyone. Railroad-striped carpenter jeans will not make anyone look like a fool. A stylish hat adds character.
Of course, I'm the same person who would have bought an Italian Boater hat in Charleston, S.C., last October, if the price tag hadn't been more than $100.
I'm also the same person who wears Irish-style, full-shape caps. I even ordered one once from a shop in Galway, Ireland, just to get the authenticity. I can't help it. I'm a hat person.
I've also been known in the past to - GASP! - wear white linen after Labor Day. Please, get over it. The "Don't wear white after Labor Day" is so outdated.
You think I'm going to settle for wearing dark shades of colors for months on end, especially when we don't start seeing consistently cold weather until November?
My simplest recommendation for how a guy can add some flair to his outfit is to start wearing waistcoats on occasion.
Most people call them vests, but in some parts of the world, they are called waistcoats. They add some color, and they can actually create a trimming effect if worn properly.
Now, I will admit, I have my own limits when it comes to fashion. I've seen this one ski cap with a giant puff ball on the top that makes the person wearing the hat look like he or she is walking around with a pom-pom on his or her head.
I've also seen one outfit that made the model look like a character from "Pan's Labyrinth."
Anyway, people should not be afraid to break out of the jeans and T-shirt look, or the polo and slacks look, and try something daringly fashion-forward every once in a while.
Even if that means dressing like a pirate.
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.