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    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    It was last Saturday night. Amidst the crowd of dancers, a very handsome gentleman in a steel-gray three-piece business suit walked by me. I couldn’t help but notice. He approached a table, and took off his jacket. His silk-backed vest immediately caught my eyes.

    The guy was sharp. "I wonder who he is’" I thought to myself.

    I couldn’t help but notice how this man was dressed. The way he carried himself, his attitude, his character’ all a reflection of that beautiful suit he was wearing. His shoes were a shiny black. His gray-checkered vest fit perfectly over his chest and abs. His simple, yet elegant tie, contrasted beautifully with the color of that gorgeous suit. His shirt synchronized the ensemble into a perfect combination of masculinity and style.

    I could tell he was ready to dance. He started looking around the room, one direction, then the next. His head was high, and posture, perfect.
    "What a fit." I kept thinking.

    That suit looked fabulous on him. "I wish more Salseros knew how to dress like that’" I thought to myself.

    Suddenly our eyes met. Realizing that I had been staring at this man’s suit for quite some time now, I immediately looked the other way in embarr***ment. The second I did, I had to do a double-take’ a BIG ‘OLE smile came across his face.

    I KNEW THIS GUY!!!

    I have seen and danced with this man at various nightclubs and parties, but I had no idea what his name was! (I’m terrible with names - I just found out... It was "Mr. David Blanco" of Los Angeles, CA) He’s a BLAST to dance with’ but I’ve only seen him in shorts or sloppy nightclub pants and wrinkled shirt.

    IMMEDIATELY, I smiled back at him, went up to him, gave him a big hug, and said, "Wow! You look’. GREAT!

    He extended his hand, and asked me to dance. We danced up a storm. His lead even felt better, because he was leading me better. I have a feeling his confidence level went up a few notches because of that suit’ or maybe I was just following better BECAUSE OF THAT SUIT! We danced that song like we’ve danced so many times in the past’ but this time, we were dancing BETTER.

    Gentlemen in suits’ and Salsa dancing.


    A perfect combination.
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    Blog Post Comments...from readers

    I just read the article written by Edie The Salsa Freak. It was great. Being one of those men who like to dress when I go dancing it is nice to know that some women do notice. Sometimes I do feel out of place when most of the guys are dressing more casual, but that's fine. Those who know me know what I mean.
    Guys I must tell you that dressing the part is very essential in dancing. Although I am not a salsa dancer (YET) I do enjoy dressing in suits,(I guess cause I have to wear then to work), but I do dance Merengue y Bachata. But Edie made a great point on a perfect ensemble.
    When you can dance it looks good, but when you can dress and dance it look great!! Gentlemen come on, the Ladies take their time to look great for us, we should extend them the same courtesy and look good for them. If more people decided to dress up it would make for a great night of dancing and socializing. Do you agree??

    Dress to Impress and dance the night away!!!!!!

    Ok... Since I am a poor guy, for me is not affordable to wear a suit. I wish I could have several Zegna or CK or Armani... That does not mean that you have to be in a suit to look good. I love to use dress slacks with v collar sweaters. I rather dress like that, than having a suit from the Men's Warehouse($ 99).

    I think is not the suit, is the quality of the suit, the fabric, the cut, the proper lenght, the color, the matching shirt and tie. I have seen people in NY with power suits, and then they ruin them with the tie. Tie is the most important accesory, because is a extension of your personality. For me a suit means nothing if it is not balanced with the complete style of the outfit.

    I disagree with the opinion of that a suit helps your confidence. Dancing ability does.

    Confidence is within you, if you need a suit to build confidence, then you have problems...

    I agree with Subway Joe. Shoes are very important as well, they make or break the entire outfit. My preference are shoes with a square point...

    Is nice to dress in a suit, people notice you. People that never say hello will do it when you wear a suit, but for dancing, well is not that practical. They get all sweat and stained. You have to send them to the Laundry, which diminishes the life of the suit...

    hep_cat:
    Unlike the City of Angels (LA), men in New York City know what dressing is! The Godfather John Gotti wore $10,000 suits from Barney's on 5th Avenue in New York. So New York is about dressing, about the finest linens, threads and the most appropiate shoes and top hat.

    It's the suit allright! However, it's not the suit that makes the man, it's the individual's confidence that makes the suit. You can always tell a guy who hardly wears a suit, he tries to impress or feels uncomfortable in a suit. He can't be natural.

    I don't want to be a millionaire I want to feel like one. I don't want a suit, I want my shoes also. Tell Edie that the shoes is what makes the man. You can have a beautiful suit but if your shoes don't shine then your manliness does not shine. The suit is a metaphor of success and maturity, the shoes are a metaphor of manliness. Woman can (through their third eye) read body language and a well dressed man (Subway_Joe definitely is one) is always in fine Italian suits made out of the finest threads (linen, cotton, wool and mohair), no room for polyester here.
    Subway_Joe

    Actually, confidence has nothing to do with wearing a suit. Many extremely confident people do not wear suits well. On the other hand, many guys who are basically losers look great wearing suits. They have the right attitude.

    Because New York is a suit city, you do get a lot of walking suits. What I mean is &^%holes, schemers, hustlers and low-lifes who look really good in suits. And everyone knows it too.

    That is why people are so rude to each other.

    It is good to have nice clothing (and shoes too) and wear it well but let us keep things in perspective, what your mothers told you is true, clothing (and shoes) does not make a man if you are not one to begin with.

    I think that it does give a person "attitude" when you are dressed the part. I, personally, find a man in a suit very very cl***y. Even some of my buddies, who I dance with all the time, when they get dressed up---Wow!! Boy, do I notice!!

    I do feel thoughtthat for those gentlemen that go out several times a week, getting dressed up every time might be too much. Also, getting dressed up at a "casual" type place might also make the person look out of place. But choosing maybe a couple of nights to dress up --not only the suit, but you know...hair, shoes, the extra accessories and go to a nice club--that's what going out is all about. Getting out of the "everyday" way of thinking. Walking into a fantasy (or should I say "dancing" into a fantasy).
    Salsera23

    There are those who think, The suit makes the Man, I think is vise versa, the Man makes the suit. Confort still defines personal style!
    Armany

    Armani,
    Good point. But there are things that guys can wear to dress it up a notch. Suits are no longer worn fitted. They do make athletic cut for the comfort.

    The SWING dancers of the 40's and 50's really knew how to dress. If you see the cl***ic films or even the updated versions. They all look very dapper. That's what I am referring to. The elegance of the style when men dress up, combined with smooth dancing skills lead up to the complete look.

    Remember the Desi Arnaz, tito Puente, Cachao, Beny More, Prez Prado, all those pioneers of the music, had large bands who always looked very sharp. Look at Cab Calloway "the King of the Zoot Suit", Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman all very dapper bands. The elegance of going out is fading, but it's nice to know that's some do still enjoy dressing for the occasion.

    There are variations other than just wearing a suit. Any man can wear a suit. But its the complete ensemble that makes a man dapper. The look, the attitude, the feel of being dapper.

    Well I think I have spewed enough. Thanks for your point of view. I hope you get my point of view.

    Carnal,
    I used to wear suits to clubs but I never do now. My girlfriend has long hair and it would frequently get tangled in the buttons of my sleeves. We would both have to stop and untangle her hair for several minutes. Very painful for her. From then on Guayaberas for me. - Piero

    Yeah, I'll wear a suit - as soon as they put on the damned air conditioner. - Sudando como un p gringo

    Giuseppe:

    Regarding your communique on EDIE-SALSAFREAK and a man and his suits and the vicarious life styles of New York men I must "say" that you are right my man, confidence has nothing to do with the suit! It also seems to me that you are echoing what I wrote earlier regarding EDIE the SALSFREAK's article on a well dressed man. I wrote "it's the individual's confidence that makes the suit." In a more descriptive manner, the suit enhances a man's looks and heightens the gleam in his confidence. It's a social statement, nothing more.

    However I was not "talking" about the suit I was addressing the man and his shoes. EDIE looked at the suit but failed to observe the "dancing" shoes, a measuring stick of the man in the suit. I must "say" that I'm a 9.5 in shoe and a 10 in Nike or Reebok. I do not care about a suit, I care about the shoes. The shoes are a gradient and important ingredient in the ladder of personal success or at least the pecking order. A great deal is said about foot gear on a man, and not just dancing "boogaloo."

    Yes, New York City is not just a city of suits, but it is a city dressed to impress. Yes, New York has the &^%holes, schemers, hustlers, and low-lifes. Perhaps you live in a small town orperhaps a large lilly white city USA where these characters do not exist. It does not matter, let me say that Jesus walked among cheaters, thieves, hustlers and &^%holes. Although he did not wear a suit he certainly walked with confidence among these worms from hell. I say to you that I walk among these men and have no fear for they are souls drowned in ignorance. Yet I have earned their respect because I have honored them with respect.

    These creatures of habit that you described have always co-existed among us, they are part of our dark side. I can tell you that they have succeeded where you have failed. They are not afraid to live dangerously and seem to exemplify a life of adventure. These creatures who you described have been portrayed by Hollywood more than I care to count. In contrast, it seems to me that you lead a boring layback life on the west coast. Hollywood would never portray your character on the screen because you are too clean, honest and tooooo straight and lead a layback boring life.

    New York is still one of the few remaining cities where men and I mean men like me care to have their shoes shined. Yes, you may catch me one day having my shoes shined by a young "shoe shine boy" for two bucks. I was once a shoe shine boy and I learned early in life that the signature of a well tailored man is to have distinctive shoes. I follow that lesson today.

    New York is not Beirut or Bosnia, but certainly life here can be dog eat dog. Rudeness is like Corn Flakes or Cheerios here, however you learn to live with it and it seems to me that after awhile you learn to read it and deflect it. Most people in New York are not rude, but if you tread on their toes they will not be rude, they will blow you away. It is Social Darwinismwhere the best meet the baddest. It is a city where the suit could be the trademark of a businessman or a "hit man." If you ever come back to New York remember that the guy in a suit on 5th Avenue, may be a hustler, a pimp, a thief, a businessman, a carpetbagger, and a gentleman (that kind of describes me).

    Hey Mr. Clean that creature of habit on a furlough from a jail has a story to tell and often women hear his battle cry and come running to him like rivers run into the ocean. Now isn't that unfair to you and me? I like to add that Barney's has ten thousand dollar silk tweed suits that are custom made or hand made for those who can afford it. I can't afford a suit that costly, but I certainly love to wear my threads to fit me and fit the occasion. I must add that Bijan on 5th Avenue and on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills make exclusive clothes for the well tailored man, checked them out. Remember that the price of a suit is a stable barometer of the laws of supply and demand. What are you willing to pay for a suit champ?

    One last challenge to you MINI-ME, my mother still tells me, "son be polite, caring and most of all dress well." I'm sure that you have a blessed mom who has orchestrated a moral life for you. Perspective, is a moot point little man, perspective depends on your angle or your position in life. You know "mom" meant that to be an allegory for better living (God bless her). While we are on the subject of suits let me say that SANTA CLAUS needs to be shaped into a more modern suit or attire. I hope the new year brings that jolly old fart a new suit. Hohoho MERRY XMAS and to you all a good night!

    Subway_Joe

    So I'm dancing with this guy last night at Steven's.... you guessed it, Mr. Slick Suit, David Blanco was in the audience, just watching us, very close. My partner spun me into a super fast quadruple right turn, and I managed to somehow accidentally CLOCK poor David right on the cheek with the back of my HAND!!! I could NOT believe it! I even "heard" the crash. I immediately stopped, held his face and apologized. When I saw he could BARELY TALK, my knees became weak, and I felt SO BAD!!! I glared at my partner for spinning me so close to him, but then again, no one was to blame, really.

    Oh brother. Goes to show that even if you're an innocent BYSTANDER, SITTING DOWN, MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS... if you're too close to the dancefloor, you can still get hurt! Salsa dancing is a CONTACT SPORT! Almost like hockey, or football, with the SAME INTENSITY!!!

    I'm so sorry David! I know it's no fun getting hit when you're sitting down resting!

    Next time, I'll be sure and CLOCK you while we're dancing instead. . - Edie
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