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Cary Grant On Style. Written by Cary Grant | Easy & Elegant Life

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 “No, it isn’t only money that determines how well a man dresses—it’s personal taste. Because of the demands of my work, I’ve purchased dozens of suits over the years and they all have one attribute in common: they are in the middle of fashion.”  –Cary Grant


Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Couldn’t pass this article up by one of the all-time masters of classic style:  Cary Grant…in his own words and republshed by GQ.  When viewed in light of our current list of classic style principles, Mr. Grant embodied most of them.  In fact, his article starts off with his, “one attribute in common”…”the “middle of fashion.”

This phrase of his, “the middle of fashion,”  is an excellent example of the Golden Mean, one of our fundamental principles.

The article is packed with other insights:

– On Proportion:  “the lapels are neither too wide nor too narrow, the trousers neither too tight nor too loose, the coats neither too short nor too long.”

– On Simplicity:  “…simplicity, to me, has always been the essence of good taste.”

– On Fit:  “I believe men’s clothes—like women’s—should attract attention to the best lines of a man’s figure and distract from the worst.”

– On Quality:  “…permit me to suggest you buy the best you can afford even though it means buying less.

– On the First Suit to Buy:  “Well, if a man’s budget restricts him to only one suit, then I would choose something unobtrusive. A dark blue, almost black, of lightweight cloth, serviceable for both day and evening wear.”

– On the Second Suit to Buy:  “What about a second suit? Well, I think a grey worsted or flannel would be most serviceable. Not too light in color, not too dark.”

– On a Summer Suit:  “During summer I’ve taken to wearing light beige, washable poplin suits. They’re inexpensive and, if kept crisp and clean, acceptable almost anywhere at any time, even in the evening.”

– On Shoes:  “If a man must limit himself to only one pair of shoes for city wear, then they should be black. If two, then a brown pair of darkest chocolate color are useful with almost all suits”

– On Shirts: “Shirts should usually be white for the evening, but, in the city’s grime, it’s practical and permissible to wear a light blue or conservatively striped shirt during the day.”

– On Proportion II:  “The type of collar should suit the contours of the neck and face.”

– On Gentlemanliness in Dress:  “Don’t be a snob about the way you dress. Snobbery is only a point in time. Be tolerant and helpful to the other fellow—he is yourself yesterday.”

– On Refined Elegance:  “So wear, not only your clothes, but yourself, well, with confidence.”

Folks, it just doesn’t get much better than this–read the article and save it to your hard drive for future reference.

You can read even more about Cary Grant’s approach to both his style and his career in the excellent book, “Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style” by Richard Torregrossa.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled Writer

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Article publié pour la première fois le 19/04/2013

5 Things We Can Learn for The Duke of Windsor | Gentleman’s Gazette

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The late Duke of Windsor was known for many things, including the abdication of throne and a country for the woman he loved, the twice divorced American Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson.

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Another sensational in-depth article from Gentleman’s Gazette, this time on one of the most lionized style icons ever.

The Duke was renowned for his eclectic, yet trend-setting style, and author Keith McKee does a great job capturing exactly what it was that make the Duke a sartorial star.

1.  Be your own man.

2.  Buy the classics first

3.  Quality first

4.  Accessorize yourself

5.  Take care of your clothes

This is an absolutely first-rate read and gives more insight into the Duke’s distinct style than you normally read on the web.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled


Article publié pour la première fois le 07/09/2013

Oscar Losers–The Men in Tuxedos | Gentleman’s Gazette

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Article about the tuxedos worn by stars at the Oscars 2014 and in the past explaining How to Wear & Not to Wear a tux.

Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Last night was the Oscars. I don’t know if your personal favorite nominees won last night. But according to Sven Raphael Schneider of the ever-excellent Gentleman’s Gazette, who lost were virtually all of the tuxedo clad stars who attended the ceremony.

On this point I am in full agreement.

I really didn’t see anyone who really got the tux right. Except for maybe one tall, slim young man who was brought up on stage for recognition. The double breasted black jacket he wore was splendid.

The rest had jackets and pants that were ill-fitting, no cummerbunds or vests, improper shoes, pre-tied bow ties, jackets with notch lapels, and shirts without studs. I hesitate to even mention the colored shirts and “tuxedo shorts.”

I understand that fashion designers use these events to build their brands and push boundaries. But what they fail to realize is that all the hard work has already been done.

The reason is that the elegant uniform that is the tuxedo has been refined to the point of near perfection over decades and thousands and thousands of events.

Black tie and white tie events are one of the few opportunities that men have to turn out wearing their very best. When a tuxedo is worn according to classic parameters nothing really looks better. Tom Ford may be the only designer out there that gets this very fundamental point. Check out some of the photos of him in a tuxedo, very classic and very stylish.

Sometimes turning out well means being true to the past–as in the case of the tuxedo–rather than pushing the boundaries of fashion sensibility.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled



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Article publié pour la première fois le 03/03/2014

How and When to Tuck in Your Shirt | The Art of Manliness

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Why talk about something so basic? Is there really a need to teach men something most of us have been doing since we were 5? Well, yes actually.”

Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Sometimes it’s good just to talk about the basics.

Like tucking in your shirt.

That’s a practice that’s gotten away from men in the past few years…especially young men.

I’ll step out and say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to dress with classic style if your shirt is untucked.

Read this nicely illustrated piece from The Art of Manliness to learn how to do it properly.

And then tuck in that shirt.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 17/04/2014

Men’s Style from the 1950’s | Gentleman’s Gazette

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Learn more about the details in cut & proportion of 50s clothing with a focus on suits & overcoats…”

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

Here’s another winner from Raphael Schieder of Gentleman’s Gazette  A few weeks ago he wrote about men’s style from the 1930’s.  Well now he’s posted lavishly illustrated piece on men’s style from the 1950’s.

No, you won’t find zoot suits or photos of James Dean and Marlon Brando in leather jackets, t-shirts, and jeans.

What you will see are several excellent illustrations published in French magazines that depict 7 variations of overcoats and what the suit silhouette looked like during this period.

Despite the unusual looking cuts, you’ll still be able to pick up some great ideas of how to spice up your style in a way that is rarely seen today, yet is still in good taste.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled


Article publié pour la première fois le 20/10/2013