Man on the Move: Polished Preppy

Michael Bastian Autumn/Winter 2016

Michael Bastian Autumn/Winter 2016

Layering is an advanced skill with prerequisites that include inherent style and a meticulous eye. As esoteric and labored as it is to master, when done correctly the finished product appears effortless. Such is the case with this updated version of Ivy League preppy for the chilly weather look from Michael Bastian Autumn/Winter 2016. Ever the style exemplar for wholesome and erudite appearing handsomeness, Mr. Bastian outdoes himself with this updated take on Fall semester studious panache. A look that translates well into an office environment. 

Style Advice: While the head to toe displayed by Mr. Bastian collectively appears intimidatingly luxe, the sum of its parts are quite attainable. Start with a hooded duffle coat from Andrew Marc $200. Procure a turtleneck in the perfect charcoal gray from Reiss $140. Layer a crisply classic white oxford shirt from GANT $68. The jeans featured in Mr. Bastian’s look appear to be waxed cotton which should be everyone’s denim go to. It pairs handsomely with a dress shirt, and can elegantly furnish a distressed sweater. Try this pair from Sandro $113. Nothing says great style like a classic lace up boot. Get one in dark brown from Suit Supply $379. Now you look well studied and admirably over prepared for your next Monday morning meeting! 

Must-Have: This is the staple item for all sartorial proclivities, wardrobe affiliations, and consumerist denominations. An over the ankle lace up boot can take any basics bearing wardrobe a long way, while also evening out the idea saturated aesthetic of men with a more daring spirit. Want to beef up your oxford shirt and chinos? Throw on lace up boots. Want to tone down and add a hint of masculine to your dandy imbued silk shirt and printed trousers? You know what to do, get out the lace up boots! Stray from black as it can be too dark when pairing with warmer colors, and step into the arena of new neutrals with a gray, navy or even burgundy pair. You will be surprised to see the stylistic elasticity you can gain with this color palette. 

Fall/Winter 2017-18 from left to right: Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Ermenegildo

Fall/Winter 2017-18 from left to right: Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Ermenegildo

Industry Update: From Ermenegildo Zegna to Damir Doma to Marcelo Burlon and DSquared2 in between, Milano Men’s Fashion Week has proven to be an exemplary landing ground for neat tailoring and classic silhouettes. Whether design houses played with proportions or manipulated materials or finessed patterned fabrications, the reliable tenets of good style were present. Even the models that walked the runways embodied various levels of both classic and modern refinement. The most salient case of this was at Dolce & Gabbana when the likes of Cameron Dallas, Tinie Tempah, Diggy Simmons and Marcell Florus (of One Dapper Street) waltzed down the wide tiled runway. Specifically at D&G there was such a fine tuned balance between popular style aesthetics such as street wear, traditional tailoring and flirts with femininity. There were not any sharp political statements as was present in London. What was exuded in place of the latter was a retention of who we are, a deep understanding of what it means, and an elevation of it.

From left to right at the Dolce & Gabbanna Show: Cameron Dallas, Diggy Simmons, Tinie Tempah, Marcell Florus.

From left to right at the Dolce & Gabbanna Show: Cameron Dallas, Diggy Simmons, Tinie Tempah, Marcell Florus.