To help the time go by while working, Chris and I tune into a lot of different shows. I can't even begin to tell you how much Archer, South Park, Futurama, and Bob's Burgers we've flown through will stitching and sewing. With that in mind, I thought I would do something a little different and give a nod to some of my favorite, most stylish cartoon characters.
You're likely to see flannel and snowboarding gear up in the mountains of Colorado, but Mr. Mackey still manages to flaunt a little bit of style. Even though he works as a school counselor (m'kay), he wears a tie and tie bar to work everyday. He's had a to deal with a litany of catastrophic problems that would turn any normal man away from dressing up, but each and everyday, he manages to tie one on and look the part. Heck, he was even pretty slick as a youngster, rocking a knit scarf in lieu of a winter hat! Mr. Mackey is obviously a trendsetter.
Springfieldians aren't often known for being a stylish bunch (unless you count Ned Flanders), but an often unnoticed, yet dapper, character is Waylon Smithers, Mr. Burns' right hand man. Smithers struts around in a sports jacket AND bow tie on a consistent basis, showing us that you can always dress well for work, no matter what your occupation. We can't confirm or deny whether or not he uses a clip-on, but we'd like to think that Waylon is a strictly self-tie kind of guy. Plus, if his style isn't enough, you have to give him props for the undying devotion to his boss.
What better model for a man who knows how to wear a tux than Bruce Wayne? While his alter ego often gets most of the attention, you have to admire a guy who can keep that kind of a secret under wraps and still show up to an opera dressed to the nines. Got punched in the face half of a million times and locked the Joker up? NBD. Let's go sell a billion dollars worth of high end, downtown Gotham real estate! If you're looking for a prime example for what to wear and when to wear it (ie, what IS the right occasion for my tight leather, crime fighting suit?), look no further than Bruce Wayne.
At my house, we have an almost unhealthy obsession with Adventure Time (what I wouldn't do to live in that tree house!) and Peppermint Butler is one classy dude. He's seemingly the only competent person watching after Princess Bubblegum and, although I assume it's part of his royal uniform, his tuxedo is bold! Who in their right mind has the nerve to wear a navy blue tuxedo with a bright red bow tie?! Pepermint Butler, that's who. He's stylish as hell and cute as a button, but, watch out, I hear he practices the dark arts...
Oh, Archer. Who else can get away with wearing a white tuxedo while drinking cobra whiskey and accidentally saving the US from a plague of interstellar robots? Whether he's in an ascot, a skinny black tie, or bringing the turtleneck back, this dude looks sharp. It doesn't stop there though; Archer is known for having great disguises, whether it's going down to Miami as a Vice agent or throwing on the occasional false mustache. There's a reason Archer is a my fallback Halloween costume every year. This sharped dressed idiot is easily our most quoted character while working as well. Here's one of my favorites:
"If I am forced to use a sword in combat, I just swing it around like a baseball bat while screaming, at the top of my lungs: “There can be only one!” Which, if done correctly, is surprisingly effective."
We have to give props to our guy Bob from Bob's Burgers for strapping on a bow tie for his wife and Zapp Brannigan for always looking good for the ladies.