The dandy style
A dandy is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of self. Historically, especially in late 18th- and early 19th-century Britain, a dandy, who was self-made, often strove to imitate an aristocratic lifestyle despite coming from a middle-class background. In this section we will show you the modern dandy from around the world.
Your looking and feeling great doesn’t have to rely on cosmic randomness or a special event taking place, which you were invited to. In order to look your best, all you need to do is follow a couple of guidelines. These are simple tips that will help you push the envelope and always look as good as you possibly can, and feeling the part as well. People have always been attracted to beauty and looking beautiful, otherwise there wouldn’t be things like Dore Aesthetics. But even so, many overlook simple things like these:
Shopping for presents for the men in your life – whether it’s a significant other, husband, or father – can be a tricky, stressful affair. With the holiday season coming up, people are flocking to stores without having a single idea on what to get. Before you grab something thoughtlessly off the shelf, allow us to narrow down the field for you. Below is our 2017 holiday gift guide, composed of easy classics and staples any man would love to have for Christmas this year:
Gucci Cruise 2017, whose creative director is Alessandro Michele, consists of 87 visions, which are in the spirit of Michael Fish. Fashion for young people not yet recognized in the matrix of conformism and the constant social sex, whatever that means. The outfits are charming, remembering the British impulse - non-ideological dandy Alessandro Michele says: “Men's Cruise collection was an excellent occasion to outline my vision for eccentricity. It started from My enormous passion for England, I tried to describe what is happening in my imagination, which often reveals aesthetics very similar to English fashion."
After Florence and the color explosions there, another holiday of Italian dendism, like a breeze from the Tuscan wind ... Dandy Day RADUNO DANDY ITALIANO, in its first edition, found a matching decor among the antiquities of FIERA ANTIQUARIA DI AREZZO.
Pitti Uomo Firenze - the Spectacular composition of men’s elegance or the shortcut to the belief that the modern man is a Dandy
What is Pitti Uomo? A large and magnificent manifestation of men’s fashion exhibitionism without any holdbacks, blowing like a bottle of champagne and held in the historical center of Florence, Italy, where exhibitors carefully present their latest men’s collections. The latest men’s fashion trends are marked there, before the upcoming fashion events in Milan.
Pitti Uomo is undoubtedly a premier men’s fashion event. At Pitti Uomo you can see the latest trends, new designers and companies in men’s fashion, premiering the best men’s tailoring from across the globe, but also the best dressed men in the world. The best sentence I have ever heard is that there you can meet "anyone who’s anyone in the menswear business". And this is true. The atmosphere is unique and you feel like everyone is your friend. Everyone is smiling and having fun and at the same time doing business.
In a perfect world, “clothes do not make a man…”, “a book is not judged by its cover” and “You look good in anything you wear”. We…. however, live in times where Men’s Fashion is a raging topic, an objective beast for all to covet and critique and representative of how seriously one is taken.
Frenchmen call this hat 'chapeau melon' and Germans 'Melone' because it looks like a melon fruit. Until 1960s, the Bower hat was a symbol of London's brokers and bankers and today it's a mandatory attribute of the officers of the Queen's Guard as part of their urban civilian clothing.
For not so professional sport sailing, in the relatively calm Mediterranean sea, during the Summer season is typical a little more different style - a look for leisure time, inspired by the sea, which is not designed for dramatic climate changes, but fundamentally oriented towards the clothing of simple fishermen.
What is the main feature of the expensive men's suit in addition to the paid price? A monogram on the sleeve, a label with the customer's name on the inner side of the jacket and various other indications, according to gentleman's caprice and taste...
The suit must be worn with dignity and respect for yourself, the others and the qualities of the garment. It should be worn as it's a part of you, not as something bought and put on for the first time as an unbearable burden...
Saddle shoes are real classics for the weekend in New England or for the college look of the exclusive snobbish universities on the East Coast. For decades students and professors wear the immutable shoes with the typical reddish sole.
The Barbour jacket exists in three different fabric qualities - extra fine, fine and Thornproof (heavy waterproof material). For the production of this special and extremely strong material is used straticulate Egyptian cotton, woven with varying degrees of strength and finally impregnated with wax in a special way.
This phenomenon is a convincing proof that one product could be sold with no advertising, when it has a long decades of history behind.
By buying a Barbour jacket you will own not just a comfortable piece of cloth, great for rainy weather, but also a piece of the international life style. A piece, which belongs to the world of those, who have money, style and success.
Large collar with long edges and a single button is known as Classic Kent. It's suitable for formal events and small knot. It's a good choice for gentlemen who are definitely not fans of experimenting and fashion innovations. In short, we talk about a boring decision...
As we know, blue suits and gray suits are classics for men who don't want to risk their reputation - even if they are not politicians or businessmen. They are clean, simple and suits every occasion. But this monochromatic look is kind of background for this Summer season.
If you get inspired by the dandyism you can tie around you neck a necktie as a bow tie and break the administrative conventionality.
Even the most magnificent shirt would 'live' a fiasco if it's not in a resonance with the necktie and the suit jacket. And this means a lot of consideration of lengths, proportions, colors, patterns and details.
We've already mentioned that type of men's shirt collar, which is not buttoned around the neck and is meant for gentlemen, who don't wear neckties. So, this type of collar is suitable for the so-called Cravat (scarf-tie).
Talking about shirt fabrics connoisseurs think about English and Italian fabric mills' creations. Of course, they are well-known and appreciated, but some of the best ateliers and manufacturers of bespoke shirts chose fabrics by Swiss mill Alumo in Appenzell.
The modern men's shirt has a properly long history before acquiring its today's a little boring form in the end of the XIX century. In 1871 Brown, Davis & Co. of Aldermanbury manufactured the first shirt in 'coat style' (with buttons).
The one, who is searching for a shirt, which to fit perfectly to his bespoke suit, as we mentioned earlier, will find something in England, but... not exactly. None of the shirt makers on Jermyn Street actually offers really hand-sewn shirts.
At 71 Jermyn Street is located the legendary company Turnbull & Asser, which since 1904 offers an unimaginable variety of fabrics for bespoke and ready-to-wear shirts and neckties. If you want a bespoke shirt, you should order at least six pieces and the delivery time is 12 weeks.
To the British country life, among the Barbour jacket and the Hunter wellies, unconditionally belongs the checked shirt in the natural 'white' color of the wool, which is actually pale beige. But the key element of this shirt is the check in dark brown, wine red, green, blue and black, a.k.a Tattersall Check.
This type of shirt won his final and decisive victory during the 1980s, when every real Yuppie brought from New York a true Button-down shirt in pale blue, pink, white, yellow or mint, striped, checked or tartan.
To choose shoes in unobtrusive harmony with the rest of your look - and mainly with the suit - might be very easy or very difficult depending on criteria - are they formal or aesthetic.
The Duke of Windsor is mentioned talking about the so-called Windsor Knot - one legend, one mystification in the dummy world of fashion, although photos prove that he hasn't invent it.
Hot weather and Elegance? Two mutually exclusive concepts, but not entirely... Being elegant in the heat is absolutely possible if you are creative.
E. Marinella is an Italian necktie company founded by Eugenio Marinella in 1914 in Naples. The store provides finest bespoke ties for Neapolitans and gentlemen from all over the world, including Gorbachev, George Bush, Francois Mitterrand, Oscar Luigi Skalfaro and Helmut Kohl.
There are neckties made completely out of silk, which doesn't include lining of any other material. This rare and as a rule more expensive masterpiece is called 'seven-fold tie'.
One necktie by Hermes definitely belongs to the small group of exclusive products, which all over the world are recognized as a symbol of good taste. Surely there are ties, revealing even more refined sense of style and even more expensive and rare ties, but no other of them is recognized and admired by critics and fashion as much as Hermes necktie.
You will never find a wool or a textile necktie in the wardrobe of a British city-gentleman. He would wear a wool tie only in his countryside mansion, while knitted ties would leave with please for the people of art, science, literature and journalism, for their real or supposed rebelliousness and anti-conformism.
The most important sign for the quality of a tie unfortunately can't be represented - only felt. So before buying a tie, hold it in your hand, feel it - but not in the genre of sentimentality. It is good to check very carefully in silk creases. The touch of the silk is the first and best adviser. If you can define what you feel, you are on the right way.
A man who wears a tie in the colors of one division, college, school or club, shows his belonging to the institution and more over - to the good society. At least, that's how it is in England - the cradle of the neckties.
The real predecessor of ties is more likely the neck cloth from the middle of the XVII century, which become a mandatory part of the male clothing.
It takes some time until one piece of clothing become a classic. With Chinos it took about 100 years - from 1848 to 1950s.
No matter how beautiful or not your legs are and how hot it is outside, short pants remain questionable in stylistic terms for places different from beaches, camping areas and holiday villages. The only exceptions are the sport courts, where it's common for practical reasons to wear shorts - for example if you play football, basketball, tennis, etc.
Most men tend to consider that the cut of trousers depends on fashion whims and fancies. In reality, the details in the cut of trousers change season after season and the whole basis of the cut is changed every 10 years.
The sports jacket is a variable part of the gentleman's clothing, which for the joy of the eye, in combination with different trousers, gives a whole new outfit. Moreover, a sports jacket combined with flannel or cavalry twill is already perceived as a formal attire.
Dylan Jones has served as an editor of the UK version of men's fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ since 1999. He defines his book Mr Jones' Rules for the Modern Man as moderately successful.
The business suit for a man is like a business card in the society. It should fully represents the nature of the gentleman. Contempt to your suit is automatically contempt to your business.
Times, in which a man could be decorated with jewels as an Indian Maharaja, have passed. And within the business world wearing a lot of jewelry is an absolute fauxpas.
The transformation of a man into a wonderful frivolous mannequin, covered with draperies and Art Nouveau wine red, was a particularly intrusive trend during the latest edition of men's fashion platform Pitti Uomo.
Karl Lagerfeld appeared sensationally to open a retrospective exhibition and to receive the high award of Florence, Fiorino d'Oro. The exhibition KARL LAGERFELD_Visions of Fashion at the at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, included more than 200 photos, following his career as a photographer.
For women, only a day dress with a hat is acceptable. For men, black or gray morning coat with top hat is required. During a wedding, traditionally only the groom wears gray.
For formal occasions and receptions, the dress code requires to add to your tailcoat a white scarf of fine cashmere lined with silk, which however is left with your coat or crape at the wardrobe.
Cufflinks are among those accessories, whose importance is inversely proportional to their size and whose power to finish the look is huge no matter of their small size.
There is one part of the men's suit jacket, which usually doesn't receive a lot of attention, because it remains hidden - the lining. It is one intimacy, revealing a lot about its owner's character and fantasies - the upholstery of male self-esteem.
Duffle coat is the only type of classic men's coats, equipped with a hood. This form of head protection has a prehistoric tradition since the Bronze Age.