Here’s my suggestion: getting dressed is a deep personal act in its reflections with our most intimate values and also our personal relationship in the world. I would classify my style as modern vintage, with a tad bit of street if that makes any sense. I really loved the way older gentleman of the 1950s, 1960s looked and their decorum. For example they could be in the lower income bracket, or unemployed but they dress in suits like they were worth a million dollar. To me, confidence is always important!
If we can understand that, it gives us two super powers.
First is the power to make our own choices about how we present ourselves in the world. Also to use what’s useful about all these cultural values and traditions, leaving aside what is not for each of us. Personally. Clothing is an almost purely cultural construct. There may be a few truth inputs in clothes – like a biological attraction to men who look like they can reproduce well, a need to protect the body from the elements, maybe a brain chemical preference for color combinations from nature – but everything else is, for lack of a better phrase, “made up.”
There is some value to this, in fact I have written here defending this value.
The clothes you wear can communicate a message if you and those you interact with have similar sense of style. The clothes you wear were worn according to cultural traditions which portray beauty. An aesthetic framework like traditions menswear helps organize and process what we see. This creates beauty in our brains, just like a sonnet – form gives power to the content.
Ties are designed to hopefully be beautiful and that best show their inherent qualities. A tie is a piece of silk (or other fabric) folded with some inlays, the fundamental divides and decorates the chest which set-off an outfit. If the knot is too mute or dull the outfit collapse with it. Different knots say different things and ultimately extends the wearers character, like all clothing.
The thing with white shirts is that you can never go wrong and because of this it’s such a great starting point when it comes to putting an outfit together. The great thing about this challenge is that I am able to create a look which consisted of both old and new items that I already own. When it comes to styling shirts, I know exactly what look to go for. I want smart and classic look, something that is timeless.
When I first decided to do this shoot, I had in mind to theme around the classic gentleman, however whilst working on the shoot the concept changed slightly which is not unusual when compiling creative ideas. As the concept evolved it started to become very heavily based on my own persona and as a result I decided to name the Look. With both looks I push the boundaries and it was of utmost importance to show progression, maturity and wisdom within the look. While merging influences from modern and more classic styling.
Wearing cotton is a cool and classic alternative to a modern fabric, It expand its reach to more casual wear. Owning a hook and albert lapel pins adds visual detail without the loss of comfort in the chill seasons. Here is one of my favorite button down to date, by Zara. The thin white adds a simple contrast to its solid color. I often find myself experimenting on how to make ties more appealing being a young man. A grenadine patterned tie is great and subtle, It is well appreciated in a solid earthy color. It’s also important to make use of lighter tones to prevent heat. Lighter colors don’t absorb as much heat as darker colors.
Photo Credit: Ada Ngozi Emihe of http://afrizion.com/
Location: Adams Street / Plymouth Street, New York.
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