Let’s time travel back to the 1950s and take a look at today’s Vintage Dope. These are plain toe 1950s inspired ET Wright Arch Preservers ventilated spectator mens dress shoes that I came across on etsy.com.
“This particular pair of hand made Wright Arch Preserver’s is in excellent vintage condition. The uppers, a brown with reddish tint leather complimented by brown mesh, make a near perfect spectator combination.” For more vintage dress shoes such as these, please go to etsy.com and check out vendor:
Today, I was not in the office…however, I was in the classroom earning my stripes with today’s look:
Starting with black wingtips by Adam Derrick To Boot New York.
Black, white, and grey striped socks by Saks Fifth Avenue.
Plum french cuff dress shirt with the white spread collar is by Brooks Brothers.
Knitted black cufflinks by Ralph Lauren.
Black and white striped necktie is from Express. The tie bar is from Kenneth Cole…and this is absolutely my favorite tie bar out of my entire collection. I was very upset when the Kenneth Cole store moved from South Park Mall here in Charlotte. Please bring it back!
Grey glen plaid, notch lapel, double vented suit is by Benetton.
Close look at the plum silk pocket square…orgin is unknown.
When I was younger, back in my urban style of dress ways, a young lady approached me asking me why do I wear “other people’s clothes”. I was confused, for a moment. Afterall, I brought this Sean John sweat suit brand new. I was the only owner. What on earth was she talking about?I asked her to explain what she meant. And what she was trying to ask was why do I wear clothes with the designer’s name plastered all over it. I must admit that at that time, the rhetorical inquisition was above my level of comprehension. As I look back on those years and as I observe those still patrons of that style of dress, I do recognize the billboard-like look of it all.
I truly was like a walking billboard for Sean John and Rocawear. The big gaudy logos and brand names printed all over your apparel is common in the urban world, but it’s tacky…and senseless. It’s low-class.
Let’s make an effort to do better. Let’s try to avoid the massive logos, and even the monogram prints. Of course, I am a little guilty now and then…with a polo horse here, crocodile there…even a small “YSL” or “Dior” symbol on my necktie. However, I do attempt to dress myself in a manner in which passersby cannot look at me and see what brand(s) I am wearing. If anyone want to know “who I am wearing”, I would rather that information come from me, rather than the designer. Those days of being a walking billboard are long behind me.
At this point in my life, I prefer to dress myself with more class and sophistication. I put a lot of soul into my style of dress…my soul. The way I dress and carry myself is a reflection of how I feel about myself. My style of dress is not a mobile advertisement for some designer who I have never met. Therefore, when passersby see me, I make sure they see me…and not a designer’s name or logo.
Sean Combs…aka Diddy…aka KING COMBS!!! Probably the most stylish hip hop artist ever!!! And he is bringing the vintage dope with this look! Double-breasted wool trench coat with the fur collar. Oh, and the brown suede saddle shoes!! Vintage Dope!!
This weather in North Carolina is the craziest! I really did not have a clue what to do this morning. But, when in doubt, just relax and put on a suit!
Brown dress shoes from Saks Fifth Avenue. You should be familiar with these by now. I rely on these shoes a lot. They are so simple…so plain…so sleek…so me!
Navy, grey, and maize argyle socks are from Brooks Brothers.
Brown spread collar dress shirt is from Banana Republic.
Navy tie with polo men is a Yves Saint Laurent thrifting find for $2. I went with a brass tie pin today instead of a tie bar. The tie pin is a Belk store brand. I think I caught this accessory on sale for $12.
Navy silk pocket square. I swear that I cannot remember where I purchased these…and I have a lot. Sorry…
Khaki suit, notch lapel and center vent, is made by Calvin Klein.