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special guest/ NATHANIEL ADAMS talks about his 9th OUTFIT: 9 in 13 acts

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SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
NATHANIEL ADAMS TALKS ABOUT HIS 9th OUTFIT

 

 

What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
A flannel chalk-stripe double-breasted suit, a brown pocket square, a cream, blue, and brown striped woven silk tie, a coral-colored shirt with white club collar, and brown Allen Edmonds dress boots.

 

 

 

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I find the coral-color shirt very difficult to coordinate, so I pretty much always wear it with this suit because I know it works.

 

 

 

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I chose this fairly spontaneously, although I’m sure I’ve worn something similar in the past.

 

 

 

On a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 
6. I like this outfit, but I’m not mad about it. The thing is, I love each component of the outfit – the suit, the shirt, the tie—but I find the result when they’re combined to be just OK.

 

 

 

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
I think my favorite thing about the suit is the soft, light flannel fabric. It drapes beautifully, and gives a lovely silhouette that makes me think of Cary Grant. That probably makes this my most “Old Hollywood” kind of suit.

 

 

 

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I don’t wear this suit as often as I used to, partly because it’s gotten a bit worn 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?
The soft and draped style of this suit makes me think of it as a very relaxed look—easy and not too formal. People who don’t typically wear suits or usually only wear suits for work would probably be surprised at that notion. But compared to my more structured suits this practically feels like pajamas.

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