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BRING YOUR OWN BRAND OF CHIC WHEREVER YOU GO

James Andrew – the North Fork

James Andrew – the North Fork

I always have great fun planning trips and creating ensembles that not only express my personal brand of sartorial splendor, but that work with the setting. Only when all is considered, am I able to produce convincing fully fleshed out narratives for WIJW. As a fashion blogger (and avid Instagram poster) there is always preparation and planning involved – what will one wear to the beach, for dinner…etc…etc?

I’m of the Oscar Wilde school: “…you can never be over-dressed or over-educated.” Case and point – for my long weekend on the North Fork (a small, extremely casual and laid back town village by the sea) I only packed three blazers! For many of you, this might be considered a bit extreme, however this sort of thing is quite normal for me – and I know our super chic hosts appreciated my effort!

This is what I call “casual chic” – blazers with shorts, blazers with khakis or white jeans, and voila, one is looking rather smart. Of course one should have the right belts, pocket squares, and shoes to truly complete each ensemble.

Today’s photo is an excellent example of how I brought my own brand of chic to Orient Village. It’s all perfectly appropriate for the setting, but still on the dressed up end of the spectrum. I’m wearing a Polo Ralph Lauren madras blazer, Tom Ford khaki pants, a bespoke red and white pin striped shir with contrast white collar and cuffs by Bruce Cameron Clark, red, white and blue linen pocket square from Bergdorf Goodman, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, red crocodile belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, needle point slippers by Ralph Lauren, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

6 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Love the mix!

  2. Charles Allen says:

    James, the look is so chic, so debonair, so you! It is a great summer ensemble! The model looks good in it, too!

  3. One simply must bring chic wherever one goes!
    I was an Engish major and somehow I missed that quote of Oscar Wilde! Indeed! I believe it! “One can never be overdressed or overeducated”! AHA!!
    40 years ago (you were not born)…..As I was about to go roller-skating with my family….my divine older stepdaughter said…..”You are wearing that to go rollerskating? You are a dressy person!”

    Indeed. Still am……40 years later!!!!
    Chic still exists…..dressy still rules…..and “SLOBBOVIA” will not take over everywhere! Tah Dah!!!

  4. James Andrew says:

    Thank You Dean,

    I am always about a marvelous mix of things – whether that be a room or my own “Sartorial Splendour”

    All Best

    JA

  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear Charles Allen,

    SO happy to hear you are enjoying my take on “Sartorial Splendour”!

    You are most kind!

    Thank You!

    JA

  6. James Andrew says:

    Dearest Penelope Bianchi,

    I love your term “Slobbovia”!!!!

    Luckily we are loyal disciples of elegance and chic!!!

    Even in the 70’s – an era influenced by the 30’s there was an over the top decadent elegance and glamour- I have always desired to continue that spirit.

    Let’s hope that by our examples we inspire others!

    Much Love and Miss you terribly!

    JA

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