Function Over Fashion: Why Real Men Dress for the Weather

For some people, buying new clothes is a challenge. On the one hand, they want function. On the other hand, there’s is fashion. Having to choose one over the other can make putting together the ideal wardrobe more difficult than it should be. Finding both function and fashion in the same pieces of clothing is ideal.

When both are not possible, real men choose function. For example, real men dress for the weather. They don’t obsess over fashion so much that they allow the weather to ruin their clothing or endanger their health. It is better to dress in clothing that will be safe as opposed to looking stylish but taking risks.

If this concept seems foreign to you, maybe imagining a few scenarios might help. Below are three to help you start thinking in that direction, compliments of GC Tech out of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wearing Dress Shoes on a Rainy Day

Imagine a business executive whose daily work attire includes business suits and formal dress shoes. Imagine that executive having to walk downtown on a rainy day. He has a couple of choices. He can leave his shoes unprotected based on the misconception that waterproof shoe covers are not stylish. Conversely, he can put shoe covers over his dress shoes.

If he chooses the first option, he exposes himself to risk. First and foremost, dress shoes are not known to have great treads on the soles. It would only take one misstep for that business executive to go crashing to the ground in a heap. He could break several bones on the way down. If nothing else, his clothes will be wet.

Even without slipping and falling, rainy weather can hurt his shoes. At the very least, he’ll arrive at his meeting with water spots, dirt, and debris. He will either have to go into his meeting with dirty shoes or run to the restroom to clean them first.

Taking a Jacket to the Ballgame

Let’s stick with the same fictional executive for the next example: taking a jacket to a ballgame. Let’s say our executive decides to attend a baseball game after work. Even though it’s summer, evening temperatures can dip into the sixties. He changes into jeans and a T-shirt prior to leaving work. Yet he has no jacket.

He doesn’t want to wear a jacket because it’s summer and it’s more stylish to show off his physique in a tight T-shirt. That’s all well and good while the sun continues to shine. But somewhere around the fifth or sixth inning, the sun will go down and the temperature will drop.

Spending a solid 90 minutes being largely sedentary at temperatures in the 60s will not end well. By the time the game is over, our executive will be shivering in his seat and wishing he had brought a jacket.

Avoiding a Hat During the Winter

A lot of men avoid wearing hats during the winter because they don’t want to mess up their hair. Fair enough. It can be a royal pain to have to go into the restroom to fix your hair after arriving at your destination. And perhaps a hat isn’t even necessary if you won’t be outside for an extended amount of time.

On the other hand, not wearing a hat outdoors in the winter is an invitation to hypothermia. If it is exceptionally cold out, unprotected ears can easily fall victim to frostbite. Isn’t staying warm and dry more important than saving a few minutes of personal grooming time? It is, and real men know that.