Thursday, October 6, 2011

Of Neckties and Suit Coats

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. ~Epictetus

There is a power in the way people dress.
This is a fact of life so pervasive of our culture that I don't feel it needs to be proven in tremendous detail.

That being said: There are few things more attractive in this world then a well-dressed man. Seriously. Nice shoes, good trousers, button-down shirt, and a great tie. Flirty smile, clean hair with minimal product and a good cut...whew. Classic. Looks SO good.

Or, perhaps even better: a man in uniform. Military...scouts....servicemen...even marching band. I don't know what it is about it.
All I know is, I'm a huge fan.

I love the look so prevalent at BYU: clean-cut guys, frequently seen in a suit and tie. Even if it's not a suit and tie--just dressing well makes men look so good. Not just attractive: good. I am a firm believer that dress should reflect who you are. And who are we all? Children of God. Unique in our talents, abilities, passions, and personalities, but in the end, all are children of God. We are blessed to have access to tremendous resources at this university; we are preparing ourselves to be better tools in the Lord's hands. Many of these young men (and not-as-young men) hold the Priesthood and ordained to offices in that priesthood. They have made covenants with the Lord, at baptism, and for many, in the temple of God.
They know who they are. And they dress themselves accordingly!
That's not to say they walk around in suits all the time, or that if they did so they would somehow be more righteous. That is not true.
But they dress respectfully. They don't have outrageous hair styles or colors, or piercings, or tattoos. They wear neat, acceptable clothing appropriate for the settings and occasions they find themselves in. Essentially, they follow the Honor Code.
And I love it.

Men are awesome.