Per my cliche dilettante sensibilities, I was having my ritual cup of hot tea this morning on the porch of one of my favorite coffee houses when I ran into an older gentleman who commented on my clothing and choice of beverage. I quickly greeted his unexpected compliment with a warm smile of gratitude as he set his coffee down at the table next to mine. Due to his proximity to my table I decided to strike a conversation with him, and to my delight I was surprised to find we actually shared the University of Virginia as an Alma Matter.
As our conversation developed, he framed my University’s rather detailed past and explained to me that during his undergraduate years young men and women actually had a strict dress code that required males to be in suits at all times and young women to follow apropos. As he continued to recount his recollections of what student culture was like, I could not help but envy this picturesque perception of my school that was slowly building in my head.
My envy stemmed not from a cliche nostalgia of men and women being forced to conform to stereotypes or dress normatives, but rather from men expecting more out of what they wore. I am beginning to find that with what you wear, there comes a unique inner epiphany that sheds light as to how others see you and how you perceive yourself. When you dress like a gentlemen, it is usual that your behavior follows suit (no pun intended).
What I feel that our current culture lacks today is that modern man dressing and conducting himself like a gentleman. I am certainly not saying that suits and pocket squares make the man, rather that when you truly strive and meticulously push yourself to reach a higher standard there is a noticeable discernment of effort you place into other components of your life. This concept encompasses more than just fashion. As these minute executions in your life continue to build, you will see the manner in which you conduct yourself in the various stratums of your life, whether it be business or personal, greatly improve.
Gentlemen, take the time.
Take the time to adjust that windsor, to placate the “distressed jeans” for those tweed slacks, to have a firmer handshake and a stronger voice. We are gentlemen after all.
This is our time, and it falls upon us to take it.
Shout out to:carlpierre
Vintage Christian Dior For Sale $290
Size 40R 32 Inseam, two-button brown herringbone suit, four-button cuff, single vent , notch lapel, 100% virgin wool, Pants: no pleats, * Excellent Condition
Shout out to the good folks over @ACShop
This is my size and I know it would feel great. If only I hadn’t purchased a grey suit less than a month ago. My loss could be your gain. Happy shopping my fellow 40R’s Click below for sale.
Random Florence Street Shot
One must wonder: is this just an unflattering photo of the gentleman on the left or does he indeed have way too much fabric in the upper back of his jacket? Or maybe he recently hit the gym and shed some pounds. Who knows.
But notice how much better the jacket homie on the right is wearing fits.
Pinching and raising the neck of a jacket is usually done to correct collar flaws. However, any time I have had my neck pinched and raised, I’ve noticed a better fit across the back as well. You’d think this Florentine gentleman would have gotten that fixed, whether by pinch and raise or some other technique.
In any event, nice bag, bro.
Thanks GAWD for Friday..
Notes to stop my brog-box from filling up ;o)
- Suit - Navy herringbone. Cotton. 3R2 SB. Twin vent. 2 x patch hip pockets. Plain front trou + 5cm cuff. Herringbone SS09
- PS - Ecru + corn flower print. Cotton. Paul Smith SS 07
- Felt Flower - Japan
- Shirt - Light blue + white Bengal stripe. BD. Single cuff. Polished cotton + herringbone weave. Bespoke
- Tie - Chocolate. Cotton knit. E. Zegna AW 07
- Knit - Chocolate. Cashmere zip-neck. UNIQLO
- Socks - Navy with white dots. Cotton. Pantherella
- Shoes - Brown. Reverse calf. “Poole” C&J
- Bag - Tan cotton/nylon tote. Porter of Japan