In today’s post we go again in depth and trying to figure out one of the most difficult issues when it comes to the area we work with on a daily basis: What is style? A question for many is as difficult to answer as the meaning of life. In perhaps the longest individual article in history today we’ll try Manolos describe what is style for us.
First of all, I as a writer to make it clear that this reflection is just my opinion and cannot be seen as any truth. An issue so complex is of course not a correct answer. For me, the style of a combination of several things and I have decided to summarize it in a number of points.
Style is awareness
There is much about the Sprezzatura or a relaxed, nonchalant approach to clothes. In many cases produced it as well dressed and stylish is the same thing as to not really care and just throw on something. Of course this is very rarely true. 99% of all well-dressed men are to some level interested to dress well. To believe that style icons like Cary Grant or Gianni Agnelli did not care about clothes just because they wore them with a casual matter of course is for me quite out of the question. Being aware and interested to dress well is according to me is almost always a common element in men with great sense of style. By knowing the style rules and its origin, one can also explain why they possibly chosen to violate them.
It is equally important to point out that it would not automatically achieve good style to have a great deal of interest. On the other hand, is usually an interest and awareness of what it takes, whether it’s a Hipster or investment banks.
Awareness can also be to know where the clothes they buy are produced, under what circumstances and at what price. Caring for more than just the aesthetic aspect but also what lies behind the garments and why they may cost as they sometimes do.
Paul Newman proved that style is not necessarily the same as a suit, shirt and tie.
One of the best dressed men; Jack Johnson has always gone its own way when it comes to clothes and style. (Photo-Jesper Brandt)
Style is personality
For me, the style to be faithful to himself. Whether you like trends or pray to Bernard Röetzel in the evenings, it is what the own taste is crucial. Not what is right, wrong, trendy or classic. By this I mean: it’s not what you wear but how you wear it that make the biggest difference when it comes to style.
To slavishly follow trends or classic style rules to fit in or don’t do wrong seems easy as anxiously. To have an open mind, be inspired by both but have their own taste is often what ultimately becomes the best. Adage that one should know the style rules for breaking them is true often well when many of these arose for a reason. By knowing them and its origin, it is possible to make an active choice based on how far they are current for you. It is often those who succeed with the balance between the correct and the individual that really radiates style in my eyes.
Some claim that fashion and style is not consistent which I don’t disagree.Style is a way to express themselves through their clothes and it can be done in all its forms. Unfortunately, there seems to be a perception among many that the style must be timeless. Just as fashions change, we make that numerous people it takes time to find their own style and I think we need to accept that it can be changed through life.
Having a personal style does not mean that you have to be first or alone with what you wear. It aims to carry what you be inspired by, thrive in and suits you. Whether it’s playfully serious Italian or British. You do not have to reinvent the wheel but also not follow what everyone else likes. By being honest with oneself, one can draw inspiration from almost all styles but copy them straight off; it can be a roughness in a British country tweeds mixed with a soft Italian design or feature of our Scandinavian heritage.
Just because Patrick Grant wears a custom-made suit from Norton & Sons to perfection or to Steve Mcqueen looked like a million dollars in a waxed Barbourjacka it does not mean that you automatically have the style in order to copy the concept outright. Persons in question has an attitude, personality and identity that can be as great inspiration but not add their own personality out of the equation, the result is rarely successful. Dressy or free is thus no differences when it comes to style and a Perfecto in black leather, on the right person radiate the same sense of style like a tailor-made suit someone else.
Gianni Agnelli is perhaps the greatest style icon we had in the past 50 years. A man who could know every rule in the book but was a master at combining their formal bespoke Caraceni costumes with personal details like the clock on top of the skjortmanschetten.
Robert Rabensteiner is fashion editor and stylist at L’uomo Vogue and always has a great personality in their attire.
Style is moderation
Everything in moderation, we say often in Sweden which, when it comes to style often match very good according to me. Moderation is unfortunately extremely subjective but I will try to explain my idea. Of course, to dress himself personally and express themselves using their style but they generally succeed best according to me are those who master moderation. To adopt elements from different styles that feels relevant but at the same time not to be a stereotype. To combine a perfectly tailored suit with bracelet or an asymmetrical bow tie. Maybe a casually pressed handkerchief or an elegant knotted scarf. Individually, these can be small, interesting details that elevate even the most formal attire but combines it all with pants or jackets in bright colours, extremely wide or narrow kind, Colorful braces and sock loose, unbuttoned monkstraps it will be easy for much of the good to make it feel natural. Buying the whole style and the things which shall be personally easy lost when it grows into a collective silhouette. It is easy to klankas it on Italian and Sprezz in such a discussion, but the fact is that it applies to all styles. Buying an English style straight off with tweedkostym, Cap and brogues ready for the goods on the Scottish countryside when one is 24 years old and lives in Stockholm is often just as utklätt. Don’t get me wrong, it’s clear we should take inspiration from the British, Italian, American or Japanese if you like it but maybe not buy the whole concept right off.
Then again, moderation is an extremely subjective judgement. I myself have gotten epithets like “trend nisse” as well as “the old man” or conservative, depending on who you talk to, so is also not what I think it is important, but what you know. This is just my view of things, and what I see in many of the men in style I know and have met.
Matteo Marzotto is an excellent example of moderation with tailored suits and shirts in a perfect fit but with a distinctive personal touch. Note the small helicopters are woven in the tie. A playful detail that first appears when you look closely.
Yasuto Kamoshita who is creative director for Japanese United Arrows is one of the most exciting style personalities I met. A man who combines the influences of Japanese, Italian and American in a very personal way.
Style is respect
Style for me is as much, if not more about the outside clothes. How to respond to and deal with other people, to respect differences in both clothes that personality and to care about more than just the surface. Style is not about knowing which cutlery to use but rather how to for themselves and to treat others like you want to be treated. Not to categorically reject those with a different flavor than you yourself without respect to diversity even when it comes to clothes is something positive. Feel the need cavil down on others ‘ taste in order to justify their own is for me a behavior that rhymes very bad with good style. Being likable is thus a much greater impact on style than three-piece suits, black oxfords and perfect slipsknutar together.
Style may also be the best of its ability to observe a dress code at a workplace or invitation. To be able to express one’s personality in what you have and at the same time respect the dress code which is asked to call for a large sense of style. Similarly to that guest does not come with any pointers if you believe that someone else failed this but rather lead by example.
In many ways, this can also be applied on clothes to buy. To have respect for their clothes is for me to take care of them. To nurture their exclusive footwear so that they have such a long life as possible. To cook them when they become worn, rather than throw away and buy new. To brush their jackets and let them rest on sturdy hangers when not in use so that they have the potential to really be the hoped-for long-term investment. To buy well-made clothing and shoes need not be about prestige, status, and economic conditions, but if the interest, personality and priorities and which deserves the clothes to age with respect. It may also be about to support companies that have a great production with a reasonable working environment and a viable environmental thinking even if it means a few hundred more for me as a consumer.
One of the stilfullaste men in my eyes is Patrick Grant, who runs the Norton & Sons. Extremely well dressed with great personality in their style but above all an extremely likable man.
Steve Mcqueen in his Barbourjacka. The man who could bear up everything from t-shirt and chinos to the three-piece suit.
A pair of 38-year-old (!) Crockett & Jones, which has undergone a renovation and a new sole at the factory. To nurture and take care of their shoes to the extent that they can follow this long is a sign of respect for their things. (doublemonk.tumblr.com)
Can you buy style for money?
To sum up, we asked if we can buy style for money?
The simple logical answer for me is no. You can not buy themselves a good style in which none of the things listed above have to do with money. Your interest can be just as great if you are a student, as a lawyer, your personal taste and how you treat others need not be governed by what you have in the Bank.
Do you have interest you can find out what you really like, you can purchase after your own taste and get the product to suit your body. You can have a clear picture of what color and pattern combinations you get inspired by whether it is from the city mission or Kiton. There are countless examples where the sender and the price of the suit or the stone-washed jeans were more important than the actual aesthetics.
What, however, is not going to come from is of course that if you have an interest, personal taste and respect for your fellow man, then a higher budget make it possible to raise the level of style. There are probably many who agree that a shoe for 5 000 SEK has a greater opportunity to grow old with dignity than one shoes for £ 50 that is why we argue for buying fewer but better products and take care of them instead of just buying new.
For style for me is caring and daring to be yourself …
What is the style for you?
Tuxedo by Tom Ford is a living proof that it is possible to combine style and fashion. Are you aware and is based on his own personal taste, of course, a higher budget take the style to new heights when they have the opportunity to purchase higher quality.