A few days ago on my FB feed, my gentleman acquaintances were discussing this article. Do you agree or disagree with its many pronouncements? Heaven knows that today would be a great day for a tweed suit with a vest. As would many of the days this past month.
So then I got curious about this “new” interest about styling oneself among the younger set. And stumbled across this one:
And this huge, hopefully comprehensive guide…
And at least 6 or 7 other articles, of which these are but a few…
What’s going on here? Do men even still *wear* suits these days, other than ironically?? If so, why do they need so much advice on how to wear them? Or is it that bloggers have the space to write and book contractors are giving money to menswear projects? Are people reading these blogs and buying these books? Here are a few recent publications we have at FIT library that seem fascinated with this “new” old form of elegance:
I am Dandy : the Return of the Elegant Gentleman
4th fl. Art Reference GT6720 .A33 2013
While I love the diversity and colorful aspects of these men, I wonder how many of them function in America’s mainstream? Or live west of the Delaware? Or east of the San Andreas fault? Or am I missing some important trend in American menswear (not being one, afterall).
Artist, Rebel, Dandy: Men of Fashion
Art Reference GT6720 .I78 2013
Vintage menswear : a collection from the Vintage Showroom
4th fl. Art Reference GT1710 .G85 2012
This one is so gorgeously photographed that I wanted to become suddenly a WWII vet, so I could have aged leather bomber jackets.
Fuck Yeah Menswear : bespoke knowledge for the crispy gentleman
5th fl. Main Stacks TT617 .F83 2012
This last appears to be a book form of some highlights from this quite outspoken blog (warning, it isn’t a polite place, even though it’s elegant):
Where is all of this interest in menswear coming from? What is it a reaction to? Have men gotten tired of the slouch of Abercrombie, or does that inform this? Is it that men have embraced the DIY movement by finally doing their own shopping? Or embracing the vintage looks parallel to those of their hipster girlfriends? Or is this new dandyism a reflection of the joy of formalwear and the flowering of gay culture that has sprouted from the recent legalization of gay marriage in so many states? I’m curious as to your takes on this. And, as you’ve seen, gorgeous tailoring is a topic I return to over and over again.