With “retro” making its presence felt heavily in 2010, the image of the stylish man is in the polishing phase. Edgy, but sincere. The shadows have been lifted and the stage is set for the unveiling of a new and improved gentleman. I’d like to call it “an old dog learning new tricks– the classic styles of decades prior, meeting a more relevant-to-now elegance. It’s been long awaited for the double-breasted suit to make an official comeback to Wall Street, and with the well wishes from economists and the feds, it will change the way we do business…the suit, that is. Bold is no longer single.
James Bond’s look is undeniably one of the most sustained and permanent exhibits of fine tailoring in the modern day man’s fashion scope. It is with that same zeal that any gent with purpose should hit the charts and the books this year. Learn the rules, get the aid of a professional and really have a wardrobe to marvel at. Show no favoritism to one style. Embrace the casual, the city sleek, and the urban portrayals just as you daunt around in your uniform formerly known as the business suit.
Even the denimologists are pulling tricks from their sleeves. Everything from the classic denim button-down oxford to the worn-in look of blended linen and cotton. Certainly, this will be the cool breeze for the heat wave. Fine tailoring has a new accessory. Not only will man’s A-line be accentuated, but his “A-game” will also peak.
As the winter has brought attention to detail, it’s no longer OK to have just the million dollar look, now there must be substance uttered in the negotiations as well. Last year, I heard a lot of guys boasting about how much they ‘loved’ their “ready to wear” wardrobes. You know, the kind of suits that come pre-finished? Yeah…well, what their look was really communicating to me was “their lust for the lack of dedication required to unveil the best me possible and if I could outrun the truth, I would”.
It’s overdue for tailors to have their lives in high gear! The Style Aficianado checklist to “E.L.E.V.A.T.E. your image” for 2011:
1. EXPLORE. Let’s try to make it beyond the first few items visible when you stumble into your walk-in closet.
2. LIFT. Bring up the bulge at the ankle of those trousers and pull back those sleeves from your hands. Show some “time”.
3. EXHAUST. You can never own too many well-fitting garments.
4. VARY. Find YOUR place in the style battle and stand your ground…This time it’s ok to let the opponent know you’re there.
5. AESTHETICS. Let’s not just cover it up – now is the time to train and not gain. Thirty minute cardio sessions, daily, will sustain the value of a nice fitting garment.
6. TRY IT ON. We must make the time to enjoy the courting of potential fits. Don’t put the cart before the horse in your wardrobe. Enjoy every step and it will become more wholesome.
7. EMBELLISH. Secure a snazzy pocket square, angle the tie bar, polish the lace-ups, and get a lid on it! Accessories will entice you, but be forewarned–less is more.
Brandon A. Hosley is a wardrobe consultant and stylist in Albany. He can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.