Rules. All those rules. From not going into the water until at least half an hour after eating, to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Never wear seersucker before Memorial Day (depends on the latitude and attitude, dude!), don’t wear white after labor Day, but always, ALWAYS wear comfortable underwear.
You gotta believe some are just meant to be broken.
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges soon,” said I
Proud ‘neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I’m younger than that now.
Having grown up in the Midwest I knew that the “Full Cleveland” was a thing; witnessed it… Okay, okay, maybe I even wore it once or twice. Oh, you don’t even know what it is? Well, then – definition: conspicuous matching of white belt and white shoes; highly desired for both to be shiny, like patent leather, but not actually leather (i.e. naugahyde); finishing touches to a leisure suit. see: used car salesman.
Having a sense of history and knowing what’s what… that is the starting point to breaking rules. Hell, it’s no fun to break a rule if you don’t even know there’s one in place. Bending, breaking or at the very least, gently twisting the societal norms of dressing are what give stylish folks their style. It’s a thin line though between love and hate, good and bad, but that’s what makes people watching during your post-ride coffee a worthwhile endeavor.
So I say, what the heck, wear black with navy if you like black and blue. (I credit the old “Black and Blue” division of the N.F.L. for my own early transgressions here). Don’t listen to Dick Cheney; go ahead and wear brown socks with black pants. Sport a button-down on your mountain bike, and totally mis-match your road kit. Port a water bottle filled with Irish Coffee… eat a donut, then take a dip immediately after… and fly your full-freakin’-Cleveland on your next ride. Even after labor Day…!
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