I just watched the iPhone 3 Software Launch.

forstallAs I prepare to jump ship and invest in my first iPhone (4/1), I’ve been paying close attention to all the buzz. Along with the rest of the world, I was very happy to learn they’ve instituted cut, copy, and paste, but while watching the announcement, I couldn’t shake the thought that these men, speaking in front of millions of people, all look terrible.

sitting-iphoneI understand Silicon Valley’s need or desire to appear casual. It’s cool. I get it, but failing to take time to give a bit of thought to what you’re going to look like for a hotly anticipated presentation, one that will be watched by millions, is a bit like going to battle without your armor.

iphone-stripesOf all the men who presented, Apple’s Greg Joswiak, wins best dressed, and that’s by default. At the very least, his staid striped shirt fit, his dad-approved denim was not the loosest-fitting of the crew, and he was fairly well-kempt (i.e. shave and a haircut). But Mr. Joswiak, if I may, just tuck in your shirt; now, leave it there for an hour and a half.

Images of the launch c/o engadget

If I had any reason to speak in front of people in Cupertino, California today, this is what I would have worn,* for better or worse.

*Let me begin by setting a few ground rules. Based on those in attendance, I gathered denim is fare game, but tennis shoes are not. No one wore a tie, and the only jackets were an ill-fitting suit jacket and a velour job.  I don’t foresee a velour jacket purchase any time soon, and if I was the only guy wearing a suit jacket that fit, I’d probably take it off.apolis-oxford_military_woven_light_blue

Ryan Huber and his partners at Madison, Wisconsin’s Context provided a great base with this look. The military shirt is from Apolis Activism. The jeans are the New Standard from APC. fm-allen-pelican-beltI have wanted the Pelican Belt from F.M. Allen ever since seeing it on Hollister’s blog. If I were invited to speak at Apple’s headquarters, I’d treat myself to a new belt.florsheim-imperial-kenmoor

I found an old pair of Florsheim wingtips in the dusty basement of a theatre when I was in college. I’ve been told they’re from the sixties. I have worn the soles out two or three times. I will continue to do so until someone begs me to stop. A pair of Kenmoor from Florsheim’s Imperial line look awfully similar, and they are well-priced.

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To keep myself honest, I’d wear Emmett Brown’s plutonic undershirt and Casio’s Databank Watch, Model DBC-610G-1DF.

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Miniot, a Holland-based company Porter Hovey brought to my attention, make fine wooden cases for iPod and iPhone products.

Keep it simple. Have a little fun. Look the part. Buy clothes that fit you. That’s all for now. I’m allplaidout.

Special thanks to Joe G. for the idea.