During my military days, one of the things our uniforms were judged on was our "gig line".  That is the line formed by the shirt, belt buckle, and the fly of one's pants.  Maybe it's me, but I'm conditioned to see misalignment of these things as sloppy.  However, I rarely see it mentioned in discussions of mens' clothing as something to look out for.

 

So, my question is this: How many of you gentlemen take pains to make sure your gig line is aligned?  Or is it just some of us military guys?

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I definitely pay attention to it! It just looks weird when it's not aligned, but I never knew it had a name. Thank you! 

Oh definitely. The Navy conditioned me to pay very close attention to it and in that of others. It just looks better having everything lined up. If I iron nothing else, I have to make sure to get all the bacon out.

We were taught it in the corps at A&M, bugs the crap out of me if it isn't right now

We military guys are diferent bunch. You would agree that most men dress sloppy. Gig Line I pay atention to, however what is up with mandles and socks. Drives me nuts, but it seems to only bother me.

 

I pay attention to my gig line AND the laces, left over right.  Figure after 14 years active and 12 reserve it comes second nature.

I'm not military, but it is something that I have usually paid attention to. I'm a very visual person, that misalignment drives me nuts. 

I have no military experience, but I am a tad bit obsessive-compulsive. Because of this, I need to ensure most things are in line. This includes the positioning of my watch on my wrist, my knife clipped in my pocket, the slip-joint in my back pocket, and my cell phone in my left front pocket. If anything is lying on its side, crooked, or not firmly in place, then I adjust.

And next, "the Citadel Hug" for keeping one's shirt front looking sharp...

I never heard a specific term for this ("gig line"), possibly because it's always been so obvious that the placket, belt buckle, and fly needed to line up, or you looked the fool.

(Obvious exception for John Wayne in Red River.)

I work in a "dress down" office environment but still wear a tie everyday. (Hey. After 40 years of office work experience I cannot change. besides, it hard to keep a Work" attitude when you're dressed like your going to the mall.)

Anyway, back to the tie issue. I wear a neck tie Monday through Thursday and a bow tie on Friday (my way of observing dress-down day). I'm always aware of the gig line particularly on Friday.

I remember that the "gig" in gig line relates to a demerit you receive if your line was not correct.

I have no military experience, but I can't stand it if that line's not right.

EVERYTHING VISUAL MATTERS.  from gig line to shoes, socks, type of knot in the tie, collars, lint on the coat, cut of the hair.  EVERYTHING. 

GIG LINE MATTERS.

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