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Real Men Wear Whatever they Want

James Andrew in a photo by Gabrial Everett

James Andrew in a photo by Gabrial Everett

While scanning a few Slim Aarons photography books to give us inspiration for our upcoming trip to Lyford Cay, I was reminded of how men used to dress—ie, with a huge breadth of choices in color and form—sarongs, floral shirts, flamboyant scarves etc. etc.—and that was just the straight men!

It was in this “pursuit of personal liberation” as Geoffrey Aquilina Ross so aptly calls in his book. “The Day of the Peacock: Style for Men, 1963-1973,” that clothiers like Mr Fish came to the fore, and aristocratic hippie types traveled the world mixing tailored clothing with exotic finds gathered on their global gallivants.

Flash forward almost 40 years to the present, and what do we have?

Boring.

It seems ironic to me that so many men these days make such huge efforts to assert their masculinity, and yet are so utterly timid when it comes to clothing. Wouldn’t it be more masculine to have the confidence to wear whatever one wants?

This is a topic I’ll be sure to elaborate on in future WIJW posts, but for now we’ll leave you with a tribute to the decade of the “Peacock” in our continuing effort to help men free themselves!

Dressed in a slightly over-the-top tribute to another time, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Snowdon” suit jacket in lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill, Etro silk chiffon paisley shirt, citron yellow jeans by Cassette, pink and white silk pocket square by Charvet Paris, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and white leather loafers, my fragrance is Lorenzo Velloresi’s Iperborea.

14 Comments

  1. Leo Kempster says:

    James, I’m very glad you’ve decided to write a page on this topic. Where has all that 60’s glam and 70’s accentuation gone?

    I stand by your ‘moto’ title here James.

    Thank you for the continual inspiration.

    Leo

  2. Ramsay says:

    James,

    As with every article you publish – very impressive and on point. I myself am a straight male but love to wear color. Sadly, most men are too wrapped up in thinking “what will others say” if they wear any color/prints.

    Clothes (no matter what color or print) must be worn with confidence but, unfortunately, most men lack this.

    To men that fear others: grow some balls. Worry about you and not meaningless thoughts others may utter. If you like something, wear it!

    Life is too short to wear the same boring colors – enjoy life!

    Again, thanks for your wonderful articles and site.

    Best Regards,

    Ramsay

  3. Brian J Cook says:

    Bravo James!!!!!! Could not agree more!!!

  4. Danny says:

    Whatever they want… Also brilliantly captured, though with a more louche crowd in Eric Boman’s “Chequered Past”…. Your yellow pants, white Gucci loafer combo look covered too, though pool-side at John Richardson(?)’s house in France. Still, James- Nothing beats a man in uniform- Richard Gere in “Officer and a Gentleman”… or the right man in nothing at all… BTW, In the photo above, boxers or Briefs?

    X, Danny

  5. Dean says:

    James.

    It takes a real man to wear a chiffon shirt…

    Your instincts are so acute.

    Dean

  6. Brad says:

    Lovely outfit James.

  7. ray says:

    the peacock room at the smithsonian would be a brilliant place to be seen wearing what you have in that photo. great title for the post, it’s 100 percent true.

    http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/peacockroom.asp

  8. Christopher D. Somme' says:

    James, you designs are wonderful. I love the way that you use subtle colors to create a very vibrant space. your work is fantastic!!! You’re going to be recognized by many……….

  9. little augury says:

    could not agree more-not to mention caftans-think about it,though I do think you’ve done this already, No? pgt

  10. James Andrew says:

    Dear PGT,

    I have not done a kaftan yet- although I think that is in the works.

    I have worn Kurtas from India a sort of dress/shirt kind of look.

    Cheers

    JA

  11. James Andrew says:

    Hello Ray,

    Thank You for sharing that brilliant link. I have not been to the Peacock Room since I was a teenager.

    I think it may be time to visit again – spectacular!

    Cheers

    JA

  12. James Andrew says:

    Hello Ramsay,

    It makes me so happy to see self confident men like yourself, who have the strength of will and character to be true to themselves without needing the acceptance and approval of others.

    Well done!

    Cheers

    JA

  13. Cassandra says:

    You are simply fabulous and an inspiration to my straight but sartorially savvy husband. Bravo.

  14. James Andrew says:

    Hello Christopher,

    Thank You for your brilliant comment and feedback!

    I am looking forward to your continued support.

    Cheers

    JA

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