With the elections just around the corner and American Independence Day behind us, it brings to mind the question, “What is American?” Is there one cookie-cutter way we are supposed to present ourselves to be American?
While everyone should probably be forced to wear red, white and blue daily, the founding fathers didn’t write any fashion guidelines into the constitution—so people are free to choose life, liberty and the pursuit of whatever clothing their heart desires.
When thinking about American fashion of old, some might think of the classic wild, wild West films and throw on some cowboy boots, a Stetson and chaps—and then proceed to walk around as if they’re John Wayne. Others might think of Humphrey Bogart in a suit and homburg hat and decide to get their Casablanca on. Here’s looking at you kid.
This Fashionisto has brought the classic vintage American look into the 21st century, both in business and in his style. After living in Europe, he returned to the U.S.A. with a fashion-forward dream: to start a brand that specialized in men’s accessories. So, he learned how to sew, made his very first tie and started a business.
No doubt this Fashionisto’s life is hectic, but he takes the time to dress classy. Nothing about his outfit screams try-hard, but he definitely stands out. He pairs class with casual, a basic T-shirt with some dressy Banana Republic chinos. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of Banana Republic pants. Paired with some two-tone wing tip oxfords and a fedora, the outfit is definitely classic and vintage. But anyone, anywhere in the world, could be wearing that combination and people’s first thought wouldn’t be “That is SO classic vintage American.”
What makes his outfit remind you of America is the handcrafted leather suspenders. Whether they remind you of the song “I’ve been working on the railroad” or your grandpa getting all dressed up, the sight of suspenders is going to leave you with some kind of sentimental feeling that you just can’t shake. They’re rustic, classic and practical. Everyone nowadays wears belts, so suspenders will be a nice touch if you want to make a statement.
If we’re going to make America great again, we might as well bring back the classic American vintage look, because that’s when men looked really great.
What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: “I like the vintage American classic, so like suspenders, hats, button-up shirts, neckwear—dressing your best so you’re ready for the occasion.”