Tom Ford Defines The Modern Gentleman

If Tom Ford made a dress out of water bottle caps, I would wear it.  The designer/director can do (almost) no wrong in my book.  And in light of a certain ex-designer’s recent rant, Ford is coming up smelling like roses.  In the spring/summer edition to Another Man, Tom Ford gives his five tips on how to be a “modern gentleman.”  The Daily Mail found as much joy in reading them as we did, praising the designer for his “uncompromising attention to detail.”

Ford’s tips on being a modern gentleman include:

  • Putting your best foot forward when you step outside each day to greet the world. Ford claims it’s a show of respect to others around you.
  • Working.  Gentlemen who don’t work lack passion and are boring/bored with their lives.  Says Ford, “You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.”  (I’m assuming this doesn’t apply to the ladies. ‘Cause look at most of our Housewives. They don’t work, and yet they have a passion for fighting, jewelry and driving their husbands into debt)
  • (I need to quote this next tip because it makes me love Ford more than I already do) “Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they’re walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.” SWOON.
  • True gentleman are not pretentious, racist or judgmental.
  • Gentleman should not wear shorts or flip-flops in the city.  Flip-flops are for the beach and shorts are for the tennis court.

PHOTOS: Tom Ford’s Spring 2011 Womenswear Collection

Attention all gentleman.  Print these tips and use them as guidance each and every passing day.  Because when Tom Ford tells you what’s right, you’d better believe he knows what he’s talking about.

No other man could pull off a royal blue velvet dinner jacket, but Ford wore it well at the Vanity Fair Oscar party February 27th.  Ford made his directorial debut in 2009 with A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.