Does the suit really make the man? One of our favorite new suits from Suitsupply - the grey Plain Soho (http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/new_arrivals/soho-grey-plain/P4939I.html?cgid=new_arrivals)

Does the suit really make the man? One of our favorite new suits from Suitsupply – the grey Plain Soho (http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/new_arrivals/soho-grey-plain/P4939I.html?cgid=new_arrivals)

I can’t believe this blog has been around since 2009.

So much has changed.  We’ve come out of a recession, Barack Obama is in the last stages of his presidency, Daniel Craig will no longer be James Bond (maybe), American Idol is no longer on the air, Twitter is no longer the dominant social media medium, the Chicago Cubs won the world series and we’re about to end one of the craziest elections in recent history.

For us here at ESM, we’ve had our ups and downs as well.  We’ve been through a few redesigns, a few writers, periods where we didn’t write anything at all, article categories we no longer write about and through it all, we’ve always asked ourselves what “style” meant to us.

We’ve asked everyone we interviewed and got so many answers – it represents your personality, it makes you an individual, it speaks for you…

What is "style" to you? Is it represented by this Double Faced Coat by Zara? (http://www.zara.com/us/en/man/trending-picks/double-faced-coat-c858034p3781055.html)

What is “style” to you? Is it represented by this Double Faced Coat by Zara? (http://www.zara.com/us/en/man/trending-picks/double-faced-coat-c858034p3781055.html)

But only recently did we realize what style is: It’s the wrapper on the candy.  It’s the body of the car.  It’s the cover of a book.

If someone were to gift wrap a piece of trash, does the wrapper make the piece of trash less of a piece of trash?

Conversely, if you were to wrap a diamond in newspaper, would the diamond be of less value?

In terms of men’s style, if a douchebag wears a $5,000 Brioni suit, does the Brioni suit really matter at all? (Hint: it doesn’t)

So what is style?  And what is the most essential style a man could have?

Does your style define who you are or do you define your style? Knit sweater from H&M (http://www.hm.com/us/product/46878?article=46878-F)

Does your style define who you are or do you define your style? Knit sweater from H&M (http://www.hm.com/us/product/46878?article=46878-F)

For us, it’s the man inside the suit that is the most important thing when it comes to style.

If a man is kind, generous, has a thirst for knowledge, is constantly trying to reach his full potential, treats both animals and other people with respect and has true concern for the rest of the world, that man has the most important facet to style – he’s a good human being.

A kick ass Absolute Bespoke ensemble just enhances who he is on the inside.

On the other hand, if a man is a dick, no matter what he wears, he’s still going to be a dick.

So what’s the moral of this story?  To have the best in men’s style, it starts out from the inside.

And don’t be a dick.

ESM

To create Essential Style for Men, mix 2 parts petrol, 1 part secret agent, 1 part rock and roll, 1 part hip-hop and a shot of tequila in a shaker with ice and vigorously shake for 20 seconds. Pour into a martini glass rimmed with explosives and have a supermodel serve for all your friends to enjoy.