A gentleman has many strings to his bow. This is meant both metaphorically and literally. It is easy to distinguish the gentleman impostor from the true gentleman by the actual number of strings on his bow.
Having many (metaphorical) strings to one’s bow , however, means that the gentleman must partake in many diverse activities and occupations. Hence, it is common to see a gentleman in some sort of uniform. For the purpose of this article, we shall not treat the three-piece as a uniform, but know that it is the gentleman’s most important of all.
It is important that if a gentleman is to properly engage in a past-time or occupation, he must look the part. Such is the importance of uniform.
Also remember that a uniform is not just the clothes you wear, but also your demeanor, attitude and facial hair.
If you are, say, going down to your local yacht club to smoke a cigar while coasting along the bay, you are clearly presented with numerous choices. Will you go for the Gene Kelly 1940s sailor look, or the Ted Knight in Caddyshack look?
In fact, the Gene Kelly look has proved quite popular.
Gentleman, being the bravest men in the cosmos, are also highly sought after in war time. Well, at least they used to be.
But be careful not to choose an inappropriate uniform for your first day on the job.
And be careful meeting people when in uniform. They may be assume things about you which are not necessarily true.
So make sure you have a full closet of various outfits for whatever your gentlemanly lifestyle throws at you.
Until next time,