You may want to think of yourself as a dapper person. You love to moisturize, you look after your skin, you do not mind admitting your share of a handlebar moustache or two, and you love fashion more than video games. Some might call you a twenty-first century dandy. You welcome this moniker with open arms. However, being a gentleman is not all smooth sailing and obviously there are pitfalls. Take a look at the first world problems that any modern dandy has to deal with.
Then what will this be? Herringbone, Barleycorn or Houndstooth. The tweed-type styles, patterns, and textures you might like for your everyday jacket of choice are endless. For a more quirky style, you can choose overcheck twill tweed with its orange shock for checkered accent details. For a more debatable look, you can opt for barleycorn. Hues of gray, cream, and green can create a stylish look without the risk of looking like your local gamekeeper on a pheasant hunt.
Which is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if you live in the English countryside. If you want to look like your local ranger, consider tweed as your uniform – add a tweed coat or jacket and vest to match. Don’t forget the tweed shooting breeks and good old tweed flat caps.
While hipsters can go with a vintage T-shirt, a pair of worn Converse, some skinny Levis, and a retro denim jacket, you are trying to find a more formal look. Your outfit should look sophisticated and have an air of elegance. While you could hit the road to grab a swanky double-breasted jacket and trilby hat, it is the details that can really elevate your outfit. Consider learning how to fold a pocket square and tuck a pretty patterned handkerchief in your tweed jacket pocket to highlight your nod to nostalgia.
If you’d rather ditch the tie and go for the 1950s tuxedo look, be sure you understand how to tie a bow tie. These little details can really help you stand out from the crowd, express your personality and show off your flair for fashion.
For any gentleman, facial hair will certainly play a crucial role in your life. You can choose a Tom Selleck-style chevron look. If you have a robust beard and thick hair, this is the style you can do. If your beard is not too thick, handlebars might be a better fit. You will not need plenty of growth, and you can play around with the arrangement of the points on either end. You can be as big or as small as you like. Regardless of which mustache you choose, you should look after your follicles the same way you look after the hair on your head. Choose a conditioning wax that’s not too greasy, and delicate enough for daily use.
While hipsters may have enjoyed the deep look, the mod era saw a renaissance and retro became all the rage, the sophisticated gentleman is still a strong style to contend with and rule in the twenty-first century.