Just last week I wrote about the return of the Dandy at
Kingston University’s graduate fashion show where Joshua Kane presented a
collection of menswear inspired by the 1800’s style icons. It is definitely
emerging as a big upcoming trend within menswear and is sure to cross over in
to elements of women’s wear too.
The look, pioneered by the likes of Baudelaire, is about
originality and style. It is often slightly rebellious and traditionally
strives for aristocratic lifestyle. The current twist on the classic look is the
‘urban dandy’. Think Russell Brand or David Bowie, it’s quite a feminine look
but can be made slightly tougher as seen on the comedian David Walliams or
musician Mark Ronson.
Essentially, in order to pull off the trend you need to
combine a tailored item, such as a blazer or trousers, with a more casual
clothing such as a t-shirt. It is a slim fitting trend as the silhouette created
is important and can include a trilby if you’re feeling adventurous. A tight
fitting leather jacket is also an optional item.
editor Jefferson Hack describes urban dandys as, “individualistic but with a
grown-up sense of style”. They also “feel comfortable with themselves and their
personal riffs on formality…[it is] a look that is as cocksure and egocentric
as it was 140 years ago.”