SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
NATHANIEL ADAMS TALKS ABOUT HIS 7th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
dark purple Borsalino Hat
green Doyle Mueser Tie
gray herringbone suit with purple windowpane check designed by me for Against Nature
Jeffery West shoes
vintage black, white, and purple pocket square
shirt with faded green, beige, and light blue stripes.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wanted something with very rich colors but without being bright or gaudy.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I’ve certainly worn variations of this outfit in the past, so in that sense the combinations have been 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?
Color is very important in this outfit, but it’s deep color, not bright color. The purple of the hat is repeated in slightly different shades in the pocket-square and windowpane of the suit, the green tie is a very rich green and if you could see more of the shirt you’d see it’s got several colors in it, but all of them a little faded. The fit on this suit is pretty similar to what you’ll see in terms of double-breasted suits on young men on style blogs these days, but I don’t wear it as fashionably short as some people like to.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear this suit quite often because the color and pattern are subtle (relatively speaking compared to other things I wear,) but the cut of the suit – a high-gorge double-breasted peak-lapelled jacket with angled pockets and a ticket pocket – is quite angular and unlike things you see most people wear these days, so hopefully it looks striking rather than flashy.
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?
Of all my suits this might be the one with which I have the least associations of that kind. Although for most men this would be a very unusual suit, for me I regard it as something of a workhorse—tough fabric, standard color, subtle (for me,) pattern. The shirt is probably my favorite just because the colors are so unusual, but the hat is really something special. I spent more on it than I could really afford at the time but I have a hard time turning down purple, especially such a beautifully made item. That hat is one of those rare single items of clothing that gives me immense pleasure to own and wear.