The New Uniform

The New Uniform

As you may already know there is something about traditional menswear that has a special place in my heart. Whether it’s a plaid blazer or a classic watch, the traditional elements of menswear are pieces that will never go out of style. I think menswear in the past was heavily dictated by a set of standards and a sense of uniformity. What I mean by this is that no matter what their occupation, men historically have had set guidelines on what to wear. For example, up until the early 60’s, a man always wore a hat when in public, a dark suit, white shirt, and dark tie. Although a “uniform” in theory doesn’t sound very stylish, this in my opinion is what differentiates real style from avant-garde fashion.

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This sense of uniformity made men more conscious of what they wore. It used to be that you could determine a man’s social status, income level, and occupation just by looking at what he was wearing. Ultimately, I think this sense of propriety is what North American culture has lost. Nowadays, men would rather drive a beautiful sports car and look sloppy than be incredibly dapper while driving an average car.

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Navy knit slim tie - Le Chateau 
Blue paisley pocket square - Vintage
Tortoise shell wayfarers - Vintage 
Wooden beads - ASOS 
Classic faced brown leather strapped watch - Fossil  

Because of this, I’m often inspired by the way elderly men dress and am regularly asked why. Older gentlemen have a sense of style and confidence that cannot be taught. They find “dressing up”, as we call it nowadays, second nature as they have done it since they were boys.

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Plaid blazer with light blue window pane over lay - Vintage
White cotton button down shirt - Ralph Lauren
Beige merino wool cardigan - Le Chateau 

With that being said you really get a better understanding of my personal style. If I had to sum it up in one sentence it would be a mix between modern flare and traditional elements. I feel the top half of my look is something that wouldn’t be out of the norm in the late 50’s and 60’s, while my trousers and silhouette are much more modern inspired.

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Royal blue cotton trousers - Le Chateau 
Brown tasseled loafers - H by Hudson 

Mixing the old with the new is really quite simple. There are many vintage items such as loafers and watches that can be paired with any modern piece. For example, if I replaced my shirt, tie, and blazer with a t-shirt, my brown tasseled loafers would still fit in with my casual look.

Like the saying goes, “respect your elders”. And not just because of their knowledge but for their timeless and iconic sense of style.

Yours Truly,

Mr. Cavaliere

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