+  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 8th OUTFIT: 8 in 13 acts








What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This is a pair of white linen herringbone trousers, those same Billy Reid loafers, a gray and violet horizontal-striped shirt, a deep aubergine purple double-breasted mohair and wool jacket with white mother of pearl buttons, and a vintage black and white silk scarf worn as an ascot.



How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This outfit has kind of a vintage playboy feel to me. The low button stance of the jacket, as well as the contrasting buttons and the loose fit of the pants give it a very casual look – perfect to wear with an ascot.



Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I planned this 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 mohair blend of the jacket and the linen of the pants make this a very light outfit, good for the summer – and ascots help with a sweaty neck. If I had a yacht this is probably what I’d wear on it.



How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Not very often – it’s rare that there would be an occasion for something this bold but casual.



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 mainly like the one-button double-breasted jacket because it’s such an uncommon look these days. I also have nice memories associated with this outfit because it’s what I wore for a day out at Disneyland when Rose and I were brought there to give a book presentation.

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