NYR, that suit (#5, I think) is amazing. And I love the floral tie (#3). I am recognizing some of the same issues in what you are/were trying to do as I have been struggling with as well - a desire for properly tailored but flamboyant and expressive suiting, but at the same time, a liking for classic American workwear and a love-hate relationship with preppiness. I think I have come down more firmly on the hate side where preppy is now concerned (and in fact 'MC casual' more generally)... but I recognise that in your line of work, tailored suits are a difficult proposition to carry off on a daily basis.
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Your avatar has me thinking: would you consider experimenting with eyeframes in the style of Jarvis Cocker's Cutler and Gross pair?
Thank-you, Barims, for confirming my belief in you! And it's even more interesting to see the considerable progress in your looks over the last four years. You have, as you say, started to manage to integrate not just two but three ostensibly very diverse influences (classic English gentlemanly forms, a Ghanaian / West African approach to colour and pattern, and 60s-influenced street style) and with considerable aplomb, with the result that what you wear is not costume, because it isn't a copy of anything exactly, but is a style all of your own - and probably almost inimitable. This is what a really successful peacock looks like, gentlemen.
Many thanks for your continued support, FM - it's long been appreciated
I think what should be recognisable to anyone whose read either of my Mode Parade blogs is that I have spent much time gathering inspirational photographs, from here, from other blogs and forums, from Google and so on. I'm a big advocate of clothing history, particularly in an overall milieu like MC - using the past to influence the present, and all that
I don't (and definitely can't) exist in a vacuum; there are many successful examples of different approaches and I, as you say, look to use them as a basis rather than as things to clone from (unless done in the name of homage). And part of my madness comes from a belief that there are some chances that can be taken - like those drugged-up shirts and the wide lapels and my Afros
Thank you, also
This is also a good point to offer another piece of self-analysis. I manifestly have a lot of clothes, as do many others, but it helps me greatly to use some key things as often as possible, especially as they anchor many of the experiments (and of course, some things just go together in the eyes of the wearer). Four and three of my 2011 looks each utilised the same neckties. Elsewhere, my blue, tan and burgundy sportsjackets and my dad's double breasted suits all feature heavily. I don't know about some of you, but I say wardrobe staples really count
Technically, a neckerchief that doubles as a pocket square. Whilst you've no doubt seen now that I gave that habit up by 2010, you are tempting me to take it back up for kicks
Thank you for the compliments, nonetheless. I still have designs on ruling Ghana with a fist of iron, of course
Thank you. SF has changed me, in addition to all the other factors I mentioned, so gauging the responses here over time has also proved interesting
Okay... I'll give this a go. Be nice.
I don't have a lot of photographs of my 12th grade indiscretion, so here's the only where one you can actually see anything.
The jacket is a brown, POW check, and I'm wearing a bright purple gingham shirt with contrast pink stripey cuffs, complete with two fucking pocket squares because obviously, I felt that one wasn't enough. Please note my foolish, flailing 'dandy' hair-do, and the intensely mustard/plaid duffle coat replete with plenty of toggles.