Originally Posted by Mild Mannered
Respecting your opinion, I do beg to differ, and stand by my words. Yes the clothes, ofcourse. But what good are they without a proper gentleman underneath them? A Dandy 'poser', nothing more. Manners are still the icing on the cake I'm sure you'll agree. Also a working knowledge of what he is wearing and why. Protocol.
I'm not sure what you mean by manners. A dandy would probably be interested in good form, self restraint and poise. The original dandies were all about beautiful speech and being the personification of the high life. I doubt that manners in the American, self conscious, middle brow sense of the word come into play. In any case, one can be a gentleman without being a dandy. I think I understand what you're saying, that if you are a Cad, then you are not a true dandy but rather, a trickster. Which brings me to a related point. People often asscoiate the dandy with old fashioned clothes because they cannot understand the more important life style and attitude of the dandies. If anything should be copied from the past, it is their attitudes and not their clothes. The clothes the dandies wore were cutting edge, not retro. HOW they wore their clothes, immaculately clean and fitted is indeed important but not the specific items they wore in the 19th century. A dandy would not ask other people what he should wear or which items would be a touchstone for him to metamorphose into dandyism. This might be that "poseur" you brought up. And no dandy would wear a Top hat with a day suit.