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
Solving the shoe color/suit color question once and for all
Stumbled on this great visual from Esquire on which color suits match which color shoes. Brown shoes go with way more colors than guys usually think, so save this to your desktop. It’s from last year, but luckily, things like this don’t change. So learn it, live it, love it.
Shout out to:stylegirlfriend
James Bond, in what Will Boehlke calls: “The most basic of lightweight combinations: blue tropical weight suit, white shirt, black shoes and a solid satin or knit necktie.”
shout out to:putthison
Unless you’re a Victorian schoolboy, shorts are inappropriate for anything but the most casual of situations and warmest of climates. Therefore the entire concept of wearing a sport coat with shorts is patently foolish. Any situation that calls for a jacket also calls for fucking trousers. Any…
Shout out to:stylepoints
I haven’t done this yet, but I was contemplating rolling to a casual afternoon beach wedding like this. Most people will be in shorts either way. I feel like even in shorts I will be overdressed for this affair. Other than that, SP is on point as usual.
His idiosyncratic persona—crisp knife-sharp suits, pork-pie hats, sunglasses-at-night—provided the perfect visual to his music. Oh to go back to the days when musical artist cared about there dress. Renowned for his distinctive style in suits, hats and sunglasses. He was also noted for the fact that at times, while the other musicians in the band continued playing, he would stop, stand up from the keyboard and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano.
My takeaway from this: I’m going to hurry up and have a son, move to Italy, and raise him to be a tailor so by the time I’m 40 I can have my own personal tailor. Taking applications from women looking to help make this blogger’s dream come true now.
The above is a trailer to Men of the Cloth, a video documentary about three world-class tailors with an Italian heritage - Joseph Centofanti, Nino Corvato, and Checchino Fonticoli.
All three men face a common problem. They’ve spent their lives honing their Old World tailoring skills, but are now in the twilight of their careers and need to pass their knowledge to someone else. This film is partly about these men’s careers and legacies, and partly about the wonderful world of bespoke tailoring. It’s a subject matter that’s very much in the scope of many people’s passions here.
Vicki Vasilopoulos, the director of the film, currently needs to raise some money in order to edit the film in time for some film festivals. I encourage you to check out her IndieGoGo crowdsourcing page and consider giving a little donation. She has some rewards for people who donate a certain amount, but you can contribute as little as $1.
Speaking of IndieGoGo, Chris Callis from Men of Habit is launching a print magazine about the classic, tailored menswear. The magazine will feature articles about Savile Row and Italian craftsman, as well as personal style portraits of some of the menswear industry’s bests. If you enjoy publications such as The Rake, Men’s Ex, or Leon, I think you’ll really enjoy this magazine. I’m working with Chris on the project and I’m excited to say that I think this will be one of the best publications on the market. The magazine needs funding to get off the ground, however, so if you’re interested in helping, check out this IndieGoGo page as well.