Gentlemen, start your cufflinks

Times Staff Writer

If you spend more time obsessing over footwear than football and your idea of dressing down is going with the solid-colored pocket square instead of the patterned one, your sense of style could be worth $5,000 and some serious bragging rights.

That's what goes to the winner of Esquire's "Best Dressed Real Man in America" competition, a nationwide search for average guys with an above-average wardrobe.

After two years of holding events in five major cities (including L.A. and San Francisco), the contest has moved online. And through May 21, well-heeled gents who think they've got what it takes in the wardrobe department can fill out an application and submit photos at

In July and August, visitors to vote on their favorite and five finalists will be flown to New York City for a photo shoot with the magazine's fashion director, Nick Sullivan, that will appear in the magazine's September style issue. The grand-prize winner will be announced live on national TV.

Last year's winner was Anthony Rogers, a 37-year-old police officer from Hempstead, N.Y.

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