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Elegance

James Andrew

James Andrew - photo by Lars Stephan

I do love going out as you know—and when I’m having a great meal, visiting a museum, or I’m at the theater, I always dress up a bit as a way of expressing my appreciation for the occasion, for those I’m with, as well as for the sensual wonders I’m enjoying.

But elegance isn’t just a beautiful shirt and pocket square, a well dressed dinner table, or a lovely apartment, it’s the impulse behind the effort that matters to me—it’s a statement that says I care about you and I care about myself—this hat, or this floral pattern, is an affirmation of the goodness in life. Of course the effort doesn’t require one to break the bank so to speak, nor does it even require an audience, it could simply entail sweeping the corner of one’s room or sending off some handwritten thank-you notes! There are so many ways to express goodness.

Extremely hot weather can be a bit of a challenge to one’s resolve, and the temptation is to become a bit clumsy where one’s attire is concerned. Interestingly though, when it’s really hot out, I find it is much easier to stay composed, comfortable—and cooler!—when I’m properly put together.

Dressed for a simmering summer day, I’m sporting a cotton pin striped suit, a cotton voile shirt with vintage floral motif both by Gucci, pocket square in chartreuse silk, woven pale olive suede espadrilles by Tom Ford, rock crystal pendant form Las Dalias hippie market, sunglasses in hand by Gucci and my straw hat—an oft overlooked, stylish yet practical accessory—is from my friend India Hicks’ super chic shop, The Sugar Mill on Harbor Island. My fragrance is the impossibly fresh Creed Bois de Cedrat.

15 Comments

  1. Roberta says:

    elegance is the love for yourself and you will see that love you james! every time I see your pictures I can think of an actor that I love: Cary Grant! you’re wonderful!

  2. Brian J Cook says:

    Well said, James. As usual. Great looking picture as well. Hope you are staying cool in New York!

    B

  3. Lino Perez says:

    Siempre tan elegante..

  4. jon k says:

    Loving that shirt on you!

  5. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Ich mag Dein Outfit sehr! Diese Farbe steht Dir super gut!

    Liebe Grüsse,

    Mara

  6. Lola Montes says:

    James, realmente elegante, me encanta!

  7. James Andrew says:

    Hello Lola,

    Thank You for all your terrific feedback,support and comments!

    Cheers

    JA

  8. Christian Fuchs says:

    My dear James! What a lovely outfit you have! You are so elegant!

  9. James Andrew says:

    Dear Jon K,

    Welcome back!

    We have missed you and your brilliant comments,feedback and input.

    Cheers

    JA

  10. Nacho Corral says:

    Love this look

  11. Dean says:

    James,

    You look so italiano here…

    Dean

  12. Cassandra says:

    Always, lovely sentiments written beautifully. And you look supremely elegant.

  13. Leo Kempster says:

    Hell yeah James, I’m really digging this look man.

  14. Nick Zantop says:

    Very cool outfit in every sense of the word.

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