Originally Posted by rssmsvc
To me it looks like the button down is a more casual shirt and the DB suit is a more formal. Like shorts and a sportcoat.
CG did that a lot--paired the button-down with a more formal looking suit and ensemble. Why? It's a mystery. Although not really. He experimented and tried to push the enevelope a little. That's the only way to discover what works for you, what's personally appropriate as opposed to "aping another man's style." I've tried it, for instance, and could never pull it off. I think you're right. It's an odd combo. I mean, would not have a straight collar been better? Probably. At least for the rest of us. But somehow CG pulls it off. Wonderfully, methinks. He tweaked the rules in his day, creating a personal style, something I think we all should aim for. It ain't easy because it takes a lot of thought. A lot of time. But it's more interesting than following the traditional 'rules,' whatever they are. And as to the white suit on the cover of the book. The whole look works harmonioulsy--the relaxed tropical suit, the fluffed hankerchief pocket, an unusual choice for CG, which is why I chose it instead of the same old buttoned up look he's famous for, the draped hand, the radiant tan as if he's just back from St. Tropez, etc., etc. But the collar buttoned up all the way creates a kind of formal tension in contrast with the overall relaxed sartorial and phsyical demeanor. When you start to notice the nuances in CG's attire, you regard him as not just a man of style but as a kind of artist, although he would think that ridiculous and pretentious but he took the art of dressing seriously as any artist. RT