TV Fashion: Charlie Harper from 'Two and a Half Men' (CBS)
Take, for example, his wardrobe for "Two and a Half Men." As Charlie Harper, jingle writer and ladies man, he is a virtual catalog for the Hollywood trend of retro fashion. Duotoned, short-sleeved bowling shirts and cabana wear over khaki shorts say all sorts of things about the wearer.
In fact, Nat Nast, a favorite label of Harper's, admits proudly that its upscale sportswear is fully inspired by the martini lounges, pool halls and bowling alleys of the 1950s, an era when men were men and the cool, smooth styles of the Rat Pack influenced men's fashion sensibilities for both on- and off-hours.
For his part, Charlie seems most comfortable in camp shirts, which are basically bowling shirts without "Anthony's Pizza" embroidered on the back. Most are now made of 100 percent silk in retro patterns and color combinations with color blocks that incorporate details of the classic '50s bowling shirts. They say of the wearer, "I'm stylish, laid-back and cool but don't take myself too seriously." And they are the perfect look for Charlie, who is all those things and living in a Southern California beach community.
In addition to Nat Nast - which you really should check out because the clothes are amazing - check out Daddy-o's and styles called Swing Masters, Lounge Masters and the Imperial Line, all of which feature contrasting collars and vertical front panels against the standard black background. All collars on these shirts are splayed, and options include the traditional embroidery or printed artwork on the back. Each series is made from a different fabric depending on your needs. Every guy should have at least one of these in his closet.
The look works best when the untucked shirt - never tuck this shirt in! - is paired with either khaki or gray slacks, although Harper wears the shirt to great success even with shorts. Hey, it's hot at the beach, and he works from home - sue him.
And though Sheen's style might be close to perfect, his timing surely isn't. He launched a line of kids clothing called Sheen Kidz at the same time his messy breakup with Richards was hitting the tabloids. The very hip clothing, inspired by his daughters, does not include a single bowling shirt.