Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What a Man Should Wear to a Writer's Conference (Hint: I'm Giving One Away from Lands' End.)

Before all my female readers click away, I'd like them to know that the GIVEAWAY is something the man in their life would love. (And Father's Day is coming up, too!)

Have you ever found yourself wondering, on the eve of a Writing Conference in which you hope to dazzle agents and editors with your marvelous manuscript, what to wear?

This might get some attention, but probably not the right kind:

As would this, unless you were at the Dr. Who Convention:

After all, you want to look professional, but you also want comfort. You will be stretching those smile muscles all day, and trekking from room to room in one of those mid-sized hotels so beloved of conference organizers.

Well, gallant gentlemen and ladies, I have found the answer. And I have proof of its efficacy. Please welcome the Lands' End new mesh Polo shirt:
This shirt is comfort incorporated. I wore it throughout my stint as Master of Ceremonies at last weekend's 25th anniversary celebration of our church's founding. It was so comfortable I honestly forgot I was wearing it as I played my role as Game Show host, Rock Band promoter, and cheesecake taster. And the room was hot, far hotter than it's going to be at my next writing conference.

A couple of added factors make this my shirt of choice: the "no curl collar" and the "jersey-taped seams" on the neck and shoulders, which create the feeling of comfort. (Don't I sound the sartorial expert?) If you want to check out the shirts, you can find them at the Lands End website HERE.

Let me hasten to add, in closing, that these shirts shouldn't just grace a writing conference. I'm going to wear mine to barbecues and baseball games over the summer. Basically, the shirt looks good just about everywhere. (And it's certainly more stylish than some of those hats at the recent Royal Wedding.)

Giveaway Information:

If you leave a comment on my blog post, with added points for why you would love to win a Lands' End polo, I will enter you in a drawing to win one of these shirts. The deadline for comments is 9 PM (PST) on Friday June 17th. (U.S. entries only, unfortunately. But if you international commenters ever come for a visit, I'll treat you to a trip to the Land's End Store.)

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of Lands’ End and received a polo shirt to facilitate my review, one to giveaway, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


  1. Why do the Doctors Who look like they were holding hands a moment ago?

    (I don't need the shirt and I live in the UK anyway....)

  2. For some reason, this makes me chuckle--if you're anything like my husband, perhaps you have one of these shirts in each color? That's how he manages his summer wardrobe.

  3. This is interesting, Mike. I will say that polo shirts in general are excellent attire for any occasion.

  4. I haven't noticed those in the Land's End catalogue - maybe they're not in the UK version. I always have to remind myself that Land's End is American, not Cornish.
    I hope you enjoy your Writers' Conference.
    I rather like the first get-up in a 'goodness me' sort of way!

  5. The showy belly button is gross. With a new Lands' End Polo, one never need worry about that.

    The Doctor Who scarf is quite notable. One would need a coat to go between the Polo and such a scarf.

  6. If I get the Lands' End Polo, I'll have to make a scarf to go with it!
    ~David C.

  7. LOL-you're doing a giveaway? Well I'm game...Why a Lands End polo? Because they look nice on every man!

  8. My hubby doesn't like red, but I had to comment anyway.

    Michael, I had no idea you followed fashion : ) Full of surprises, you are.

  9. I like to fade into the background at the start of these type of events until I have sussed the type of person there. So I tend to wear something that blends in.



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