Men's Jacket Lapel Pins – Thoughts On Wearinga Lapel Pin – Men's Style Advice – Fashion Tips Hi! I'm Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real MenReal Style.
Today, we're going to be talking about lapelpins.
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“So what is the consensus on lapel pins, namelysmall ones like aviator wings or other military breast insignias, not the normal size ones, but rather the small ones? Thank you.
” The gentleman that asked this, I looked alittle bit over his profile.
It looks like he was in the Navy.
And for anyone that's not familiar, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, the Army, they've got different insignia that you canwear.
My brother's in the Army, but man, they'vegot insignias for everything.
They wear all this stuff on their uniforms.
The Marine Corps, it was much more limited, but in the Marine Corps, the one thing that always stood out on the uniform is if youhad jump wings or if you were an aviator, if you had gone through dive school.
What else? Well, you can guys can help me there.
I mean, there are certain things — thereare other ones that you could wear, but basically, you had these wings that you could wear.
They were gold.
They stuck out on a camouflage uniform.
Now, you didn’t really wear them in thetheater very often, or if you did, you were pretty careful about that, but it's one ofthose things that identified you with a group.
In this case, this gentleman obviously earnedhis wings.
I see what he's talking about.
The ones that you wore right here were, Idon't know, maybe three inches across on the wings and they had smaller ones that weremore like an inch, very small.
In that case, it's small.
It's not going to really jump out.
People will notice it and it's going to raisequestions.
It's a great chance and a great opportunityfor you to explain and to talk with that person a little bit about you.
In the United States and most of the countriesaround the world, having a little bit of military experience is a great, big bonus that justshows a lot about your character and who you are, but there are many other opportunitiesfor men to wear pins or little things which have a little bit of a symbol.
I see guys starting to put silk cuff linksin there.
I'm not a big fan of that because to me, itjust looks a bit dandy.
I would rather you go with something thathas a bit of meaning to it.
For me, the big thing there is meaning, soyou don't want to try to wear one of the military pins I just talked about and not have beenin the military because then you're going to get somebody really upset.
Another place you see this, by the way, ison neckties.
So neckties, it used to be that most of theones you saw over in England and still today, they depend on what branch or what unit you'rewith in the military, what clubs you went to or were a part of, what schools you wentto.
All of those schools, they all had their owntie.
You don't really see that so much in the UnitedStates in ties in general for the last 50 years.
It had become much more flamboyant.
The Italians have always made a great selectionof ties that aren't really stuck to some type of meaning.
Jumping back to lapel pins, I think they'regreat.
One thing I think that they're abused though– and I think Obama got hit on this — is he wasn't wearing a US flag pin or somethinglike that.
I think that's a bunch of BS.
If you've got to wear a pin to show you'repatriotic or you feel like you have to wear one, then it's almost like the meaning hasbeen perverted, in my opinion.
It really is just a small chance for you tohave a little conversation starter and to perhaps form a bond with somebody.
If I was at a networking event, I may notever have the chance to ask that guy, “Was he a naval aviator?” but if I can see thatlittle pin, I know what that is.
When I see those crossed anchors, I immediatelyknow it's a naval aviator and he was a pilot.
There are a lot of little details on thoselittle pins that you know what they are.
If you're a SWO, why not have a small pinfor that? That's pretty cool.
You can talk about that you were on this carrieror you were on this ship.
It instantly forms a strong bond that youperhaps may not have even known about that person.
This has been Antonio Centeno with Real MenReal Style.
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