Forcing Cool

This is Hamish Bowles, a very respected member of the fashion community. I saw this shot from my new favorite altamira, and I was just struck in the worst way with this outfit.

I understand the shirt-tie combo is really his sort of shtick, but, that’s beside the point, it was the shoes that really got me. In an earlier post about wearing things because they do not go together, I wrote that I found the outfit refreshing because the counter-culture devise was not the focus or out of place.

This outfit makes a point of having everything put together very well, and then, suddenly, and brazenly going for broke with dusty loafers. I am a huge fan of loafers, but that does not mean I appreciate them when used poorly. This time, was not one of those.

The trick to pulling off a great outfit with things that don’t go together, is that they should not be obviously in contrast, it makes your outfit look like a costume. This was a double-breasted number, his coat was hanging off his shoulders, nonchalant and supposedly elegant. It just looks weird. Maybe weird is good?

By: !

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3 Responses to “Forcing Cool”


  1. 1 Eric W. October 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    This is the perfect example of how the proportion of clothing can work against you if you aren’t careful… The long length of the coat is fighting with the slightly shorter length of the trouser. On top of that, the double breasted blazer creates a straight line across his upper thigh, making his legs look shorter than he would probably prefer. The pinstripes were a valiant lengthening effort, but sadly not enough to save this look. The saddest part is, that all of the individual articles are respectable in their own right…

  2. 2 Dr. ! November 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Great Post, !


  1. 1 Forcing Cool | Eleven Magazine Trackback on October 30, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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