+  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 6th OUTFIT: 6 in 13 acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This is a pair of midnight blue tuxedo pants, black velvet slippers with gold embroidery from Brooks Brothers, a white cotton pique shirt with a black satin bow tie, and a black velvet double-breasted shawl-lapel frogged smoking jacket, which I designed, with the help of Amber Doyle.



How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
A few years ago I started receiving my first invitations to black tie events. Not content with wearing a traditional tuxedo, I figured a man who’s written a book about the best dressed men in the world should wear something a bit flashier.



Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I planned this ahead of time. It’s pretty much my go-to formal outfit.




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?
Most smoking jackets are made of colored velvet, but because I wanted something to wear specifically to black tie events, I chose black. This way it’s slightly more subtle but still different from what most other men wear to such events. And velvet is nice because it makes people want to touch you.



 How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Send me an invitation to a party and we’ll find out.


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 love this outfit just because I find it strikes a rare balance between simplicity and flamboyance. I feel at ease and confident in it, whereas many people feel restricted by their formal wear.

Posted in Nathaniel Adams | 2 Comments

2 Responses to special guest/ NATHANIEL ADAMS talks about his 6th OUTFIT: 6 in 13 acts

  1. Richard Turley says:

    Unlike some, I find it refreshing when a man has the self-confidence
    to speak of himself in the third person.
    Confidence is necessary when wearing these clothes.
    Without it, they are perceived as costumes.
    Mr. Adams pulls it off.

  2. Ghurron Briscoe says:

    Nathaniel Adams evokes cachet in formal wear with an affinity for Literature!

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