• Chalk It Up

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Bleecker Street recently welcomed a couple new residents this last weekend, Rugby’s men’s and women’s shops. I’ve spent the last few days casing the joints, talking with the staff, and checking out the new custom shirting program (more on that to come). Lynton and I caught up with each other on his way out of the women’s boutique. As you may recognize, I’ve photographed him before. I appreciate his consistent use of depth in his style and, in this particular look, his reliance on blues. Every guy looks great in navy. Even more, the use of stripes in various widths lengthens his silhouette while leading the eye up to his face.

    Noteworthy: needlepoint Prince Albert slippers, Rugby chalk stripe jacket, no break in his denim.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 9/14/2011 at 10:53 AM:

    People shoud be taking notes from this guy; notes on how to mix it up, while keeping things grounded. Thanks for always guiding giving ideas.

    Docks left a comment on 9/9/2011 at 10:47 AM:

    Lynton is steezy. Also came across the Rugby Haberdashery just two days ago by pure chance and got to meet him and the others working the shop.

    I think the biggest hurdle is the confidence; that lets you pull off any ensemble.  Lynton, can’t be defined solely by the parameters of a brand.

    FEC, I was going to shoot you an email about this Tuesday when I first found out about it to make sure you did as well . . . also met the Men of Habit at Paul Stuart last night who mentioned you might be around.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/8/2011 at 6:19 PM:

    @AEV—It can be difficult to discern if someone on staff of a fashion company truly has style when they have a day off.  I’ve spent enough time around Lynton to know that he does.  How he walks into work is how he walks into his weekend.

    AEV left a comment on 9/8/2011 at 11:39 AM:


    Fair enough….but, there is a Grand Canyon size gap between dressing ‘boring’ and dressing like a cartoon character. I agree that there may be differing opinions about where the over doing it ‘line’ is, but I don’t think this particular outfit - with numerous, over thought affectations is debatable. And, while this gent may dress to suit his personality, clothing choices are also outward expressions that give others very clear impressions….

    And, of course, as is frequently the case when you showcase a fashion designer’s sales reps, it’s hard to discern where one’s individual style starts and the fashion designer’s overt influence and style choices/rules end. Is dressing in head to toe Ralph Lauren, when you work at Ralph Lauren, really dressing with individual, characteristic style?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/8/2011 at 11:28 AM:

    @SC—I shot this a could days ago.  Yes, it has been wet and much cooler lately.  The rain happened to let up for a spell this day.

    @SK—The break is where your pants fall on your shoes, creating a horizontal crease in the fabric across the front of your pant leg. It is simply a result of the length of your pants.  99% of the time I advocate “no-break” and and even shorter for myself.  It’s classic prep style 101.  But more importantly, there is function behind it: it creates the illusion of height (or additional height if you already have it).  I know very few men who wish to be perceived shorter.

    @DBCC—The jacket is a 3/2 roll.

    @AEV—Where one sees “overdoing it”, others see “personality/creativity”.  The same could be said for the guy who under—does it.  How often is that guy viewed as boring, or uninteresting?  It’s the ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder argument.’  The article in GQ is a valid one…but the decision on what is overdoing it is ultimately a personal one for each man.  As I mentioned above, depth is characteristic of his style.

    SC left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 8:21 PM:

    When did you shoot this? It has been raining like crazy in New York!

    cam left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 5:28 PM:

    I’ve seen him here before.

    SK left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 5:20 PM:

    Fred, what do you mean with the “break” in the jeans?

    DBCC left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 4:19 PM:

    @FEC - great shot.  Love the jacket.  Is it two or three button?

    I do favor the slippers, sans the motif.

    AEV left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 4:08 PM:

    Fred, Thanks for clarifying - I’m no more surprised that ‘it works for you’ than I’m guessing you are that ‘it doesn’t work for me’....ha ha.

    There is an interesting, short piece in the current GQ about the importance of, in essence, not ‘overdoing it’ - meaning, if you’ve chosen to dress for attention then it’s important not to triple or quadruple the style affectations - e.g., cuffed jeans and ironic slippers and a suit jacket as a blazer and a bow tie and contrasting stripes between your shirt and jacket, and so on. I know this guy is dressing/paid to sell Ralph Lauren ‘looks’—so, I get it.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 3:46 PM:

    @AEV—Yes, the spread collar is a contrasting stripe/color.  It’s an interesting interpretation but works for me here.

    AEV left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 3:36 PM:

    Does the shirt have contrasting stripes on the (spread) collar?