Wednesday, November 09, 2005

...who is THAT man dressed in Vintage Clothing?

A man with a flair for astonishing style certainly gets the looks. People can’t help but notice him.

A confident walk through the mall wearing a vintage 3 piece suit will prove the fact. If he’s bold enough to wear a fine hat with his suit, he’ll prove it all the more. While the sight of a man wearing a proper hat was the norm up through the 1950's, it’s a sight rarely seen today. Wear one and you’ll draw stares.

No, baseball caps do not count as proper hats. A cap it is, and they make no true fashion statement. In fact, the more we stared at them the more we thought they looked silly. Like a beanie. Yep. Off with that propeller and on with a brim. That’s the only difference. Drop the prop and give it a bill as a slight upgrade.

While we agree that everything has its place - baseball caps are fine if you are actually on the team or you are watching an outdoor sporting event, golfing or fishing in the sun. They epitomize casual wear and are never part of any manly formalities. In fact, they look a lot like the protective noggin gear that is often observed on small humans. You know, those who drool and haven’t yet attained the speech required to say, "take this damn thing off me!" Except that yours doesn’t tie under your chin.

When you are daring enough to be wearing a 3 piece vintage suit, get yourself under a Fedora. The classic look of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Made popular by gangsters and adopted by the elite as well as the common man.

Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant had it going on, baby. A 3 piece suit *and* a Fedora. That look that’ll get the looks is so old Hollywood cool. Snapper dapper, dashingly distinguished. You’ll be sure to stand out in any crowd.

For added savior fare, rent yourself a vintage vehicle and tool around town.

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