+  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/ROBERT VERDI: talks about his 6th outfit. #6 in thirteen acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Suit – Thom Browne Black Fleece
Knit Sweater – Thom Browne Black Fleece
Pocket Square – Brooks Brothers Black Fleece
Glasses – Giorgio Armani
Shoes – Converse high tops


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love suits. They’re the closest things that a man has in his wardrobe to a dress, which for women is a one-piece garment that has you fully dressed.


Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
This was all very easy and spontaneous. I pulled the suit and I really didn’t want to wear a tie and I just received the sweater in the mail and I knew it would be perfect pairing with the suit. In an effort to not make it look too serious I opted for the navy blue pinstripe Converse All Stars.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?  
9.5 (even though I look fat.)



What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
This outfit is really about pattern, it is a lot of plaid to wear. When I wear it on the street it certainly draws a lot of attention.



How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Never wear same thing twice.


There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
I’ve always loved all sorts of cable sweaters—turtlenecks, cardigans, and V-necks crewnecks. It’s a very classic piece of clothing with a lot of versatility. This one I particularly love because its short, it fits neatly at the waist and it actually has buttons at the cuff. It’s not very bulky and is more streamlined at the body. The sneakers were a gift from my buddy John Varvatos. I love the fact that they’re pinstriped men’s suiting fabric it’s the perfect clash of comfort and style.

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