Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
Aug 11, 2011
Oh, men. We love you, but we’re less than thrilled about the way many of you dress. Thank goodness that some of your stylish cohorts are creating fashion websites that appeal to those with a Y-chromosome. The newest of these sites is Park & Bond, and it is a godsend.
The site, a subsidiary of Gilt Groupe, is part store, part style blog and offers valuable intel on how to dress for work and play. Some of the helpful articles on the main page include: a tie-tying tutorial (try saying that five times fast!), tips on how to pack a business suit in your suitcase without wrinkling it, and how to choose the right shirt for an August wedding.
Additionally, the site offers readers the chance to chat with a personal stylist free of charge. So men, esp. the men who send me Ask Belle’s, you can now pose your burning fashion questions to an expert.
If I could offer one small critique of the site, like so many women’s fashion sites, the clothes are a bit pricey. Like a $210 passport cover or a $345 Fair Isle sweater, pricey. And while spending a bit of coin on a quality piece is not a crime, I think most men who are using the site to up their game would appreciate a few less expensive pieces. As I think it would be mighty difficult to convince a newbie to drop more than a Benjamin on anything other than a suit.
Other than that, I love the site. I spent probably three hours last night reading the posts on The Intersection. My favorite article? 20 Things You Need to Know About Dress Shirts. I have already forwarded it to every man I know.
Perhaps now, I’ll stop seeing so many men in ill-fitting shirts that gape and pucker. A girl can hope.
So if you have a man in your life who could benefit from a little sartorial direction, toss him a compass and direct him to Park & Bond. Because sometimes it’s better to show, rather than tell.