+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/ NATHANIEL ADAMS talks about his 10th OUTFIT: 10 in 13 acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This is a deep red silk and wool two piece suit, teal socks, a skinny teal silk tie from Ben Sherman, glasses molded on vintage frames from Fabulous Fannys, a white cotton shirt, and black calf Billy Reid loafers.




How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I like the splashes of bright color in the socks and tie contrasting with the dark red of the suit. That, and the clean, almost mod lines of the whole outfit. It’s rare that I wear no patterns like this.




Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 




On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 




What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The silk and wool blend of the suit gives it a lot of depth, and it looks quite different under different lights. The suit is very slim cut, as is the tie, which I think makes it look more trendy than a lot of my other suits.




How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I probably wear this about once a month.




There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
Because the fabric has a shine to it and because the peak lapels have an unusually rounded roll at the bottom I used to wear this suit to black tie events – before I had my velvet smoking jacket, of course.


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