Let’s be honest, there are a few times every year that men can wear anything they want, as long as it relates to a favorite sports team. Perhaps the greatest FREEDOM FROM A DRESS CODE is during the infamous month called “MARCH MADNESS.” This is the month where Tiger orange, Carolina blue, Michigan State green and every known color in our spectrum can have a place in the professional dress code. I am always excited when I see the bright Gamecock Garnett where our oldest daughter attends, Tennessee orange or UCLA baby blue shining proud and loud in a men’s tie.
While I would normally chastise you saying, “Hey, wait a moment, your dress code is not a time to highlight your favorite school,” this rule is completely off limits during the “March Madness” college basketball month. Sadly, there are always colleges that do not make the brackets and all of their alumni know they should have so, for these men and fans you can always enjoy a traditional black suit as you mourn the cheers and coffee room conversations about whose team is winning and the next Cinderella team of the decade.
The best part about “March Madness” is that so many colors are represented and education is not as important as the team on the court and the way young collegiate stars perform in their multi colored shirts and the trendy long shorts. Ivy League schools, ACC Schools, SEC schools, Big Ten Schools, West Coast schools and schools with 50,000 students or 5,000 students are all a part of the party.
So this month, be certain and wear your colors, and if your school doesn’t have a team, then I suggest you like the team that your boss likes!!! There are all kinds of places you can let your colors shine. Bright socks, shiny ties, cuff links, obnoxious shirts, and for the true fan, you can even get team logo boxers. So may I say to the MEN OF MARCH MADNESS, this is your month to let your colors show, and as soon as your team is knocked out of the tournament, you must return to the professional dress that your job demands. As for me and my family, we will be shining bright with Carolina blue, Vanderbilt gold and my personal favorite – San Diego State’s scarlet red, gold and black! I hope you enjoy the games and colors as much as I do and celebrate being “real men,” for this is the one month out of the year where your personal brand is allowed to “talk some smack.” Enjoy the games!
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