Style and taste are a particular sort of intelligence, and vice versa.
Aesthetic judgments rarely transcend the culture of the judge.
The style of studied nonchalance is the psychological triumph of grace over order.
Style is a simple way of saying complicated things. Which is why Fashion is shallow, but taste is deep.
There’s no right or wrong about style. Like a poem, it simply is what it is.
Real luxury is understanding quality, and having the time to enjoy it.
In the end, aesthetic judgments are perhaps merely enthusiasms.
In matters of taste, if you can see the trees well enough, you don’t have to see the forest.
To consciously avoid fashion is in itself a fashion.
Today tradition is commercially merely another commodity. As is History.
In a world of plentiful choices, taste is the hallmark of restraint.
Luxury may be, as Balzac says, less expensive than elegance. But both are less expensive than fashion.
Uniforms both include and exclude.
Taste is one of those human concerns in which a lack of experience is no hindrance to opinion.
Precision in dress is the neurotic refuge of the perpetually insecure.
Deliberate nonchalance is intended to imply a strength held in reserve.
“True elegance has just one rule: simplicity.”— Luciano Barbera
“A suit tells the world you are ready for business. A jacket tells the world you are open to fun. For me the ideal jacket should have soft and natural lines and balanced proportions. It should fit you but not constrict you. I do not believe in stiff shoulder pads. That is vanity, not style. Do not make it too tight. If it’s too tight, you will look like a matador. Any time I see a man playing golf or tennis in his jacket, I know he and I could be friends.”— Luciano Barbera (via voxsart)
“My philosophy is: as the face gets worse, the clothes have to get better.”— Steve Martin (via mostexerent)
“What profits now to understand— Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The merits of the spotless shirt
A dapper boot
A little hand
If half the soul is dirt?”
“Be yourself - but don’t be conspicuous.”— Fred Astaire’s style philosophy
“Socks inside of shoes; it’s that simple.”— Style Tips for Men, courtesy of The Onion
“The tweed hat is favored by men of intellect and science, who would not wish either their foreheads or their thinking to be restricted by rigid hats.”— Bernhard Roetzel, “Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion”
“Fashion is a dangerous road to go down. Anybody who is going to have children later in life had best not be too fashionable because the photos will come back to haunt them.”— Graydon Carter in the Wall Street Journal, who continues “I think the absence of socks on men wearing suits and brogues is a problem. They’ll live to regret that.”