Originally Posted by Get Smart
that's the catch, very very few can....it's one of those "magazine" looks that seems cool on a full splash page with a model, pro lighting and styling/photography....but when the punters see it and go gaga and try to do it themself, it looks shit and contrived.
I saw a brief TV clip of will.i.am (of all people, though he does have some serious flair at times) succeeding at it once
I initially thought this was a wmmk
. If it was, I'd still post images from this Watanabe collection every time:Ears
- you have a decent scope for experimentation, I think. You can go with flat caps and trilbies; you can integrate Engineered Garments-style workwear in place of trad items; you can go with rolled-up trouser hems and a slouchy appearance as in the photo; you can experiment with colours and proportions; you could even go for a Harrington jacket in place of a leather jacket - it may appear a lot less self-conscious. And, off kilter as it sounds, you need to be able to project a sense of yourself (lifestyle, musical/sporting/cultural interests) into outfits to individualise them
You should also get into accessories - akin to my hat suggestion, you have the options of scarves, gloves and even pin badges (if non-childish ones actually exist, of course)
I have a whimsical approach to dressing, so I find it difficult to give advice, but this is my stock answer to altering and personalising an iconic smart look. Notice that I didn't get into the issue of "edge" - it's better to have personal expression rather than affecting a pose