A versatile and modernly refined smart-casual menswear look that plays to the upcoming seasonal elements as well as too a practical gentlemanly aesthetic (+ a style photo vignette diary)
Words + Photos ~ By Lyle Eero ~ August 28, 2015
It's somewhat disheartening to consider that it was seemingly only yesterday that summer was upon us. Yet — and as nature is so consistently inclined in reminding us — seasons change quickly, and often without nary a warning. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm certainly crossing my fingers in prayer for that elusive Indian summer to make a special-guest appearance, but I'm optimistic and a realist, so that enduring desire alone has not prevented me from looking ahead to the fall — and too the endless styling possibilities it routinely presents to the sartorially discerning gent each passing year.
A stylish summer menswear ensemble that will capture hearts whilst likewise bestowing a worldly gentlemanly aesthetic upon its bearer!
Another month has seemingly coasted by…yet summer has delightfully held steadfast, being an enduring beacon of resilient warmth despite a few rather commonly drab and disconcerting days as of late. And, in spite of these recent environmental deviations, it is summer's naturally beautiful aesthetics in which I've chosen to pay homage to with my style of the month selection — staying sartorially true to its universally vibrant essence and pleasing aura. For you see, I too am unwilling to relent in my pursuit of duplicating its warmth and colour with that of my daily stylized selections; and, it is this look in particular — more so then any other I've sported all season long — that continually intrigues me and has me eagerly awaiting the next day in which I can personally display it for all the world to gaze upon (…hopefully positively). Seeing as such, I’m happy to declare that the essence of summer is very well alive within this polished ensemble — my August style of the month.
WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO — AND IS SARTORIALLY INSPIRING ME — THIS MONTH:
I’m a brazen aficionado of all matters spy related, from the pop-culture (movies/novels/tv) offerings to the minute detailing of authentic spy-craft and international espionage itself; I'm attracted to the unrelenting intrigue and storytelling nature of it all (whether real or contrived) and have been for as long back as I can remember.
Ergo, my monthly selects (style muses) for August have been inspired by the very nature of those personal proclivities — from which the 1960’s was undoubtedly the parenting era of such activity, with its influx of espionage and intelligence gathering related realities and the accompanying pop sub-culture becoming a worldwide mainstream influence. From the omnipresent looming threat of the Cold War to the inception of the archetypical (albeit fictional) spy himself, James Bond, the era was ripe with intrigue, action, and refined style, all of which I find myself being perpetually influenced sartorially by — and constantly drawn back towards (Goldfinger here I come) — and forever will be. So, here are my monthly style muses, some from those bygone days of espionage infancy, some from modern times.
A look into the past with an eye on the present: the modern gent adopts ideals from both while abiding to a distinct gentlemanly sartorial code ( + a look to steal her heart with on a picnic date)
It used to be that a gentleman was introduced to a prospective love interest exclusively by means of his social circle with the initial courting process taking — by today's standards — an eternity. But alas times have changed, for the better and for the worse. Gone are the marriages of convenience (career moves/land-owning/etc), the quintessential mannerisms, and the steadfast dedication to chivalry in all pursuits of love (and life) that defined the classic gentleman. Out are the social class restrictions and the limited fields of suitors, with these antiquated ideals being replaced by a modern world that has a seemingly disconcerting symbiotic connection (being almost never disconnected) with one another, preoccupied in the pursuit of the mass consumption of everything, with attention spans often bested by flies and the fickle and fleeting appetites attached to them. The result is a modern courtship reality that has settled upon an often dishearteningly cold yet still enticing and increasingly optimistic sensibility.
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