+  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 12th OUTFIT: 12 in 13 acts







What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Light brown Allen Edmonds oxfords, a brown herringbone tweed three-piece suit, an orange wool bow tie from Pierpont Hicks, a blue and green floral shirt with white cuff and collar, and a navy pocket square with yellow sailor knot diagrams from Post Imperial.




How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This is my Oxford Don-ish Evelyn Waugh kind of suit. I love how professorly it looks, and I like that the patterns of the shirt and pocket square subvert that classicism just a little bit.




Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I planned it 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?
This is a very warm tweed suit. It feels incredibly cozy. I actually don’t think this color is great on me—I have a tough time with browns, but I really wanted a brown tweed suit.




How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
This is one of my more frequent suits, partly because the tweed is so tough and durable.




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?
It’s one of my most English outfits and one of my most commonly-worn ones so I’m quite attached to it. It feels particularly writerly, and I often wear it when I have a lot of writing to do.


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