In my last post I mentioned that Grandpa Bob, on most days, opted to wear his utilitarian, multi-purpose, I-can-plant-a-tree-and-fix-a-car-at-the-same-time work outfits.  I remember his prefered colors being navy blue, dark brown, and tan.  And, as you can see in the pictures above, he prefered to go monochromatic.  His closet consisted of multiple pairs of the same shirts and pants.  Grandpa wanted to keep things simple, and his clothes were no exception.

Well….almost.

The following pictures are just a sample of the special moments when Grandpa Bob showed his more formal side when it came to fashion.  His inner Frank Sinatra did not surface often, but when it did, it left an indelible mark in everyone’s memory:

June, 1946: Grandpa Bob (right), 19 years old, with a fellow soldier. Grandpa probably did not intend to give the photographer that movie-star pose…or did he?

Grandpa (far right, date unknown) as a groomsman at a friend’s wedding, wearing a double-breasted tuxedo.

December 9, 1967: Grandpa Bob and Grandma Lita on their wedding day. Even with his stylish jet-black suit and slim tie, Grandpa’s most fashionable accessory was his smile…and the beautiful lady on his arm.

December 11, 1976: Grandpa Bob (standing) with Grandma Lita and my paternal grandparents, Grandpa Jack and Grandma Eloise, at my mom and dad’s wedding reception. Grandpa is wearing a barong Tagalog, which within filipino culture is a formal shirt primarily worn by men during weddings and other formal occasions. The barong Tagalog is still popular to this day.

January 12, 2008: Grandpa and Grandma just before Jeremy and I said “I do”.  Lookin’ sharp, Grandpa! 🙂

Christmas Eve, 2009: Grandma and Grandpa with my niece, Jayda.  This was one of the very few times I saw Grandpa Bob wear a patterned shirt! 🙂

Is it a coincidence that the majority of Grandpa’s most fashionable moments were when he was alongside his wife of 45 years?  Probably not.

The love of your life has the ability to always bring out the best in you, but not in the “You HAVE to wear this tux, honey” kind of way.

When you feel loved by your partner, you have no choice but to radiate positivity, and that leads to looks in your direction…whether or not you are wearing the most expensive suit in your closet.

So, we can say that the pictures above (and many others that I plan to add to this post soon) do not only show Grandpa at his most dapper, but they also show Grandpa feeling loved.  The snazzy clothes are just the icing on the well-deserved cake.  🙂

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