+  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 11th OUTFIT: 11 in 13 acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Burgundy high-shine calf shoes from Paul Smith, horizontal striped socks, a gray flannel prince of wales check three-piece suit with a green over-check and a double-breasted vest with shawl lapel, a burgundy vintage printed silk pocket square, a lavender shirt with white cuff and collar, and a purple grenadine silk necktie. And a white porcelain camellia boutonniere that was awarded to me by dandyism.net for being “Dandy of the Year 2013”




How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This fabric was going out of stock so it was on sale and I bought it. My mother bought me the shoes as a gift to wear to the “I am Dandy” book launch at Bergdorf Goodman.




Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I planned this ahead of time. It’s one of my most recent suits, so I’ve been wearing it a lot over the past few months.




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?
I think gray, green, purple, and burgundy are my best colors, and they’re all present here. I also like how playful the pattern is. It’s a thin flannel so it isn’t too warm, but that also makes it a bit delicate and means I have to iron it quite often.




How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Once every couple of weeks or so.





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?
I don’t have much intellectual connection to this outfit, but I am very proud of having won Dandy of the Year 2013. I take it as a somewhat tongue-in-cheek prize, but it’s flattering nonetheless, of course.


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