Let’s say you’re lazy, and you don’t want to read a bunch of Esquire magazines and menswear blogs to get your style advice. Instead, looking good is great, but you just want to sit back after a hard day’s work, and watch TV for hours without end, remote control and potato chips in hand.
Well, fear not my lazy, but style-forward brethren. You still have an amazing opportunity to learn about fit, outfit coordination, and style through TV. Yes, it’s true, even that time killing box in your living room can help you dress better as a man. I’ve found myself taking style cues from many folks on TV, and it’s both effortless and entertaining. Here are some shows I suggest you watch in order to learn from well-dressed dudes:
1. Suits: This is perhaps my #1 show for fashion. Harvey Specter is a man amongst boys in that show, both in personality and in style. Though he wears incredibly fashionable casual-wear at times, he’ll be donning a suit the vast majority of the time. Well-tailored with perfect tie/shirt combos. His costar Mike Ross is also a very fashionable individual, just in a more modern and youthful way. The show’s pretty badass as well.
2. White Collar: Only one guy to look for here. Neal Caffrey (played by Matt Bomer). Decked out in Thomas Pink, Paul Smith, and John Varvatos, the man looks incredibly sharp and modern on every episode, and I give mad props to the costume designer who works on the show. Sometimes his suits will be a bit too trendy (razor thin lapels), but for the most part, the guy knows how to dress.
3. Parks & Recreation: There are two well-dressed men here. And one guy that doesn’t dress particularly well, but that you should learn to be like in general. The well dressed men are Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott) and Tom Haverford (played by Aziz Ansari). They have different styles, but both dress impeccably. As for the guy you should be like, his name is Ron Swanson, follow his every command.
4. Mad Men: We’ve seen plenty of Mad Men themed parties out. People dressing to the nines, looking well groomed and incredibly classy. These parties stem from the public acknowledgement of dapperness in the show, and for good reason. Virtually all the men in this show dress well (definitely Roger Sterling and Don Draper), though most of the suit designs lean more classic than modern. If you want to look good in business, this is probably the show for you.
5. Community: Jeff Winger, the main character of this show, is a very good dresser in my opinion. He wears casual clothing most of the time, but still looks styling and profiling. No one else really stands out for me in the show, but in real life, Troy and Abed both dress very well. Check out their GQ photo shoots and in person interviews.
6. Game of Thrones: Thick fur coats, medieval armor, and full blown nudity are IN this season. Just kidding, don’t take fashion cues from this show. Instead, just watch it because it’s the best show ever.
So the next time you plop down on the couch to watch some television, pay some attention to the shows and characters I mentioned above. You’ll be getting your well deserved resting time while also learning about proper fit & fashion.
PS: I didn’t forget Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. I just think everyone else on the show does not dress well at all so I omitted it.