When the invitation for our California engagement party arrived with a dress code of “Ranch Attire,” my English fiancé expressed concern about donning cowboy boots and plaid. My assurances that “ranch attire” was really just a fun way of saying “festive” didn’t seem to provide much comfort. Englishmen tend to balk at anything (sartorially speaking, at least) that requires they venture beyond their norm (visual ref: Hugh Grant), hence the ubiquitous jeans, button-downs and blazers (no ties) that populate the pub at 6pm on a Thursday.
I think it’s fair to say that most men utilize a uniform approach to dressing. Which explains the sheer panic when they're confronted with a “creative” dress code or an event that requires a bit of shrewd styling. Enter: the Moda Woman. Below are a few of my tips: share them with any (or all) of the men in your life.