Dress Like "Charlie Harper"
Dress like Charlie Harper! Or Do You Want To Copy Manny's (on Modern Family) Cubavera Style!
My husband used to love the TV show Two and a Half Men. I am quite sure that he did not identify with Alan, the younger, geeky brother. I know he did not want to emulate Jake, Alan's kid. So that just left the older brother, Charlie Harper, for him to admire. My man is not a womanizer nor a musician. He does not have a paid maid (unless you count me, his wife, as a paid worker) nor does he drink tiger juice. So what can he like about Charlie? I guess it was the way he dressed! I rather liked Charlie's style--retro casual bowling shirts and cargo shorts, too. (Actually, he liked the humor of the show the best!)
Since Charlie's demise, it seems that the character of Manny Delago from "Modern Family" has picked up the torch for the bowling shirt.
If you like Charlie's and Manny's style, you might be able to find something similar on Amazon.com. Keep scrolling down to find some Charlie Harper Shirts you can buy.
Who is Charlie Harper?
He is not real, he is a character on TV--CBS's Two and A Half Men
Charlie Harper is a fictional jingle-writing bachelor living in Malibu. Charlie (formerly the character played by Charlie Sheen before his leaving the series in 2011) is always in cool, casual attire. The 2 and a Half Men's costume designer puts him in comfy retro clothes to reflect his character - laid back and free-spirited. In fact, Charlie has become a virtual catalog for the Hollywood trend of retro fashion. Two-toned, short-sleeved bowling shirts and cabana wear over khaki cargo shorts all gently shout "cool comfort", and Charlie Harper (or Sheen) carries the look off pretty well. He seems most comfortable in camp shirts (basically bowling shirts). CH's look is perfect for his character, who lives in a Southern California beach community.
How much of Charlie Harper's style is Charlie Sheen's? Who can tell? Not me. One thing is certain, the Charlie Harper Style has become identified with Mr. Sheen. I am hoping that Mr. Sheen's personality will not affect the popularity of these classic shirts!
(image from Flickr user XRain.M. "Charlie Harper" is in the front row, left in the black and tan shirt.)
A Classy Bowling Shirt that Charlie would have loved!
Do you recognize Rico Rodriguez aka Manny on "Modern Family"?
Manny's Charlie Harper Style
Cubavera or Guayabera Dress Shirts
Because of Manny's Colombian origins, he would naturally be drawn to the retro look of bowling-type shirts that Charlie Harper would wear. I have seen this style called "cubavera" or "guayabera" on the web or on Amazon.com.
The Cubavera shirt shown to the right was found on Amazon. It comes in lots of colors.
Not familiar with Two and a Half Men? - Here is a clip from one of my favorite episodes:
The writers from Two and a Half Men and CSI traded jobs. This is video shows a clip from the episode of Two and a Half Men written by the writers of CSI(LasVegas). Enjoy this video about the experience!
Charlie Harper: clothing icon?
Do you think Charlie Harper was a good dresser? I, personally, will miss the clothes that Charlie Sheen wore on Two and a Half Men.
If you have an opinion, be sure to add it to the comments at the bottom of the page.
As far as the shirt below, I love pairing black with classic khaki shorts. My husband loves cargo shorts and, believe it or not, he actually found a use for each pocket! One can never have too many pockets. The new cell phones out there on the market these days, demand big pockets.
Does Television dictate your fashion style?
Do you think that TV shows like Two and a Half Men can influence what we wear?
FYI: if you make a purchase from Amazon because you read this article, I will receive a small compensation.
© 2009 Mickie Gee