BE A GENTLEMAN
Or at least look like one, with this rundown from John Ovans on the suavest looks for men from fall/winter 2015-16.
“Gentlemanly behavior sets one human apart from another,” wrote the editor of British upper class bible Country Life magazine recently. It is indeed good to act like a gentleman, but trust us: you can hold open as many doors and pick up as many cheques as you like – if you’re dressed like a vagrant, it’s all meaningless. Well, OK, not meaningless. Those are still nice things to do for a lady friend, but looking the part is pretty important too.
While zeitgeists come and go – hipster dandyism has at long last been toppled out on the streets by sportswear – gentlemanly style holds steadfast. There are a few millennial tweaks, mind you: pocket watches have been edged out by Apple timepieces, pennyfarthings have been left rusting in the bike shed – but there are certain sartorial rules that won’t budge, whether it’s 1915 or 2015.
The gentleman, of course, is one of England’s greatest exports, so we can look to the likes of David Beckham, David Gandy and Jude Law (not to mention James Bond) for inspiration. All possess immaculately turned-out style, immaculately turned-out manners, and women throwing themselves at them at every opportunity. Not a bad life, really.
So how to pull it off? Well, the first thing you’ll need to do is ditch the tracksuits and start filling your wardrobe with suits. Luckily, there’s plenty on offer from the fall/winter 2015-16 collections to help smarten up your look. The likes of Prada, Burberry Prorsum and Gucci leap to the fore in their offerings every season, but there were some bolder aesthetics on the catwalk, too. If you’re brave, opt for a poppy-infused number by Alexander McQueen, or a rose-colored two-piece from Rodolfo Paglialunga’s debut menswear collection for Jil Sander. Not only did the collection prove to be a hit, but it featured a wealth of smart, chic outerwear to see a fellow through winter. Our tip? A singlebreasted suit can be jazzed up by a pocket square – although first you’ll have to learn how to fold one – and goes with an Oxford shoe, which generally works for any occasion.
Talking of bravery, a gentleman should never be afraid to temper his wardrobe with feminine accents, such as sprigs of pink. Accompany your suit with Burberry Prorsum’s pink scarf, or choose from the range of gloriously hued numbers that appeared in the collection. Etro, too, knows that the manliest of men know how to accessorize, and thus their own offering was full of brightly colored, patterned and paisley scarfs. Stepping out somewhere particularly fancy? Look no further than Dior Homme’s refined collection, sent down the catwalk alongside a line of violinists. Here, eveningwear dominated, with a series of sharp, black tuxedo suits paired with dress shirts, cummerbunds and bow ties for an ensemble hailed by critics as a macho night at the opera.
With this gear hanging in your closet, you’ll likely snare more dates to Tosca than you can handle. Just remember that a gentleman always drives a lady home afterwards; he is also, according to Country Life, not allowed to tweet, wear Lycra or write with a Biro. Got all that?