"Combining the patterns and colours is simply a question of getting a contrast. With a striped suit I wouldn’t wear a striped shirt. With a striped shirt I would wear a plain woven tie in a much deeper or brighter colour. The thing to keep in mind really is that the shirt, tie, and suit can’t look all the same in colour or scale of pattern, and, of course, not to be self-conscious about combination. The one thing that I am especially conscious of is combining ties and pocket handkerchiefs. I avoid matching them at all costs. The pocket handkerchief should be coloured and patterned, but not matching the tie. Better to have it related, or even entirely unrelated, so long as they don’t look wrong together."
— Douglas Fairbanks Jr., from an interview he did with Vogue in 1966. (via CrimsonSox)

"Combining the patterns and colours is simply a question of getting a contrast. With a striped suit I wouldn’t wear a striped shirt. With a striped shirt I would wear a plain woven tie in a much deeper or brighter colour. The thing to keep in mind really is that the shirt, tie, and suit can’t look all the same in colour or scale of pattern, and, of course, not to be self-conscious about combination. The one thing that I am especially conscious of is combining ties and pocket handkerchiefs. I avoid matching them at all costs. The pocket handkerchief should be coloured and patterned, but not matching the tie. Better to have it related, or even entirely unrelated, so long as they don’t look wrong together."

— Douglas Fairbanks Jr., from an interview he did with Vogue in 1966. (via CrimsonSox)

It was when I saw this scene from the great documentary The September Issue that I decided Andre Leon Talley is one of the greatest people in the world. If one day I am this ridiculous, but people still take me seriously and I am clearly not insane, it will be a Great Personal Triumph. Personal absurdism FTW.

“I am not entirely sure I fit the description of being ‘fashionable.’ Sometimes there have been those generous enough to call me ‘well dressed,’ but if they knew how much of what I wear is many years, even decades old…”

HRH Prince Charles, in this month’s Vogue.

(Side note: the photo caption is “Fresh Prince.”  Really?  Seriously, Vogue?  “Fresh Prince?”  FOR REAL?!)