"You can make a statement by how you dress,” muses Ralph Lauren. “Clothes are really part of an expression; they make a statement about you. It’s sort of an introduction.” Entry ways, or often hallways, serve a similar purpose in your own home. A mere introduction, of sorts, for first impressions and glimpses into one’s character. Often it is an accumulation of the denizen’s routines and leisurely pursuits: Wellies for post-storm strolls, clubs within arm’s reach for the range, umbrellas for spring showers...a makeshift, yet functional, still-life. Because my hallway is quite narrow, I keep it tidy yet ground on a threadbare Persian runner. I dress my home like I dress myself—layers, colors, and a little something off. What does your hallway say about you?
My pal Cooper Ray invited Dockers down to the Holy City recently to talk classic clothes and the finer points of the Charleston tuxedo.
"If you're dressing classically, you're always appropriate." —Cooper Ray
When The Official Preppy Handbook hit the shelves in 1980, the east coast American sub culture had flourished long enough, and aroused enough curiosity, to commence poking fun at it. For those familiar, it was such a hit that is spawned a sequel of sorts some 30 years later. On the heels of the The Official Preppy Handbook's popularity, England turned out a handbook of their own in 1982, The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook. The approach feels familiar, riffing on its predecessor down to the title itself. While hard to find, I serendipitously came across a copy in New York while vintage shopping.
What is a Sloane, you ask? The moniker refers to a stereotype in the UK of the young, upper class, or upper-middle-class who share distinctive and common lifestyle traits not all too different from American preppies. The exemplar female Sloane Ranger was considered to be Lady Diana Spencer before marrying The Prince of Wales. These fun illustrations (click them instead of pulling out your glasses) of the various Sloane uniforms from the book highlight the nuances of dressing the part. It’s all quite humorous...yet simultaneously quite serious.
Photographed in New York, NY by Sara Kerens
Noteworthy: webbed D-ring belt worn with suit, double monk straps in a dirty suede. My friend Sara caught me in the middle of being a goof over the weekend in her Chelsea neighborhood. I may, or may not, have fallen over after my impromptu balancing act.
• Lookmatic eyeglasses
• Rugby tropical wool suit
• Polo Ralph Lauren knit tie
• Rugby button down dress shirt
• Polo Ralph Lauren silk pocket square
• Ernest Alexander waxed canvas tote bag
• Ralph Lauren webbed D-ring belt
• Mark McNairy dirty suede double monk straps with Dainite sole