There was always something really elegant about the Mad Hatter. I think his grace came from being free from caring what other people thought, free to be ridiculous and mad. This Fashionisto is free in that same way. It also doesn’t hurt that he speaks in a British accent. Here’s to beautifully bold VCU characters! This Fashionisto had a method to his madness, if you will; wearing almost all vintage.
In January of 1797 a designer in England wore the first top hat. It was such an astounding look for the time and then a large, captivated group crowded around him. The police arrested him saying he was disturbing public order. After being released, the papers of that time put out that the police made a mistake and that soon all men would adopt the style. Talk about a fashion statement!
The papers were right. In the 18th century men who wore top hats were known as dandies. The dandies formed “The Macaroni Club” after traveling all over Europe. They wanted to bring southern elegance to their overcast country. They made top hats associated with traveling, which brings us to our dandy Fashionisto.
Our Fashionisto is ready to travel to class in the cold or to travel the world in his getup. The tan felt top hat is brilliant upon brilliant; one was not enough. I love this bold choice but if you want to take the top hat even further, check out this awesome steam punk top hat. I also love the double breasted long coat this Fashionisto is rocking. I found a similar look at an incredible price in the trench coat version; it is still vintage and has a wool lining as well!
Now, let’s talk about these incredible shoes. I found a very similar pair of Taupe Suede Oxford Dress Shoes. The first real Oxford Shoe was shown in London in 1925: the Red Oxford Shoe. It is pretty incredible that styles from that far back can still make an impact and inspire us so deeply today!
One Simple Change: Take the on-the-go scarf off, and you have a great fancy night out look.