Jul 23 2013
Written by Jian DeLeon
Somewhere, between the French streetwear brands with je ne sais quoi, the rough-around-the-edges Americana brands, and precisely tailored designer labels oozing with “sprezzatura,” is the ghost of the “well-dressed dude.” Around 2007, men took it upon themselves to dress better by aspiring to the past, and were tired of looking like stereotypical hipsters in skinny jeans, tight leather jackets, and the perfect bedhead. He got a haircut, learned how to tie a tie, tucked in his shirt, and learned how a suit should fit.
Then, as the recession started waning, he got bored with his wardrobe. All of a sudden the options started getting more casual. Sneakers came back in full force, and the hard bottomed shoes he’d dropped serious dough on started getting less wear. The designer button-downs were worn open, over graphic T-shirts. Raw denim was left hanging in favor of cozy sweatpants. It was a whole new world of style, and he dove right in.
But everything comes full circle in the end, and after going as far as he could down the rabbit hole, it spit him out right back where he started. He was wiser now, but still put together. He could mix and match from both worlds, the classic and the modern, without fear of dressing like a house divided. With an open mind and an eclectic closet, the “well-dressed dude” of yore was gone, but instead had learned how to become the sum of his parts, and was all the better for it.