2018-01-26 / Commentary

Hidden shirttails are my passion

It’s not a criticism; It’s an observation
Mike Cox

I’ve spent most of my adult life tucking my shirt into my pants. Doesn’t make me better than anyone or signify some sort of special upbringing or superior lifestyle. It’s just something I learned early and am too stubborn to change at this point.

Many of my friends, and quite likely the entire population of men under the age of 40, choose to do the opposite.

I’m convinced the only reason those Columbia fishing shirts are so popular is because they are designed to be worn outside one’s pants. With the belly size of most older men, it looks as if one is wearing a pup tent for a shirt. But the darn things are in style, so it’s considered stylish.

I’m not a solitary voice in the wilderness on this subject. I noticed during one of the many post game day rebroadcasts of the NCAA National Championship Game during the last week or so, a segment on the inner workings of both teams leading up to the game featured each coach instructing players to tuck their undershirts in during practice for the sake of team unity.

The first thing a college basketball player does when he leaves a game is pull out his shirttail. There is definitely a difference of opinion here.

I realize casual is in style these days and that’s okay, too. Just don’t criticize me for insisting on tucking my shirt about 99 percent of the time. The only thing I hate worse than shirt tails hanging out might be when someone claims a particular job is his passion. Please.

We’ve allowed the over-hyped language of television barkers, whether focused on selling something or just trying to increase excitement and viewership, to affect how we normally converse. One doesn’t get paid for his passion. Dealing with the ebb and flow of daily existence isn’t a journey. Your best friend and the love of your life are two distinct, separate people.

So you can imagine how I feel about something being sold that is called Untuckit; a shirt made to be worn outside the trousers and look good. The owner of the company, at least the guy portraying the owner in the Untuckit ads, claims his passion was trying to design a shirt that looks good untucked.

He acts as if this were hard. All you have to do is make the shirt tails shorter than normal, make the shirt tighter around the middle, and definitely make sure all the television commercial models weigh less than 145 and have five o’clock shadow.

I’ll bet a truck full of my passion fat guys look as out of shape in the Untuckit shirt as they do in the Columbia fishing shirt if they can find one in their size.

Fashion has morphed a lot during my lifetime. A country of men once steadfastly attired in suits and dress pants now wear sweatpants in public and own several pair of sneakers.

Grown men wear pajamas to buy groceries and baseball caps backwards. I know I’ll never understand such beliefs. And then there’s stripes and plaids together like many old guys wear.

Understanding that is my passion.

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