TREND: Nautical or Nice?

Not often enough, one is fortunate to meet a nice boy in New York City. Even more rarely does that young man happen to be well-dressed. Coming from Connecticut, I find that a man’s inclination to dress in a more preppy, nautical attire to be completely refreshing. I am not one to judge a book by its cover, but I can usually anticipate good manners, an air of sensibility and an array of intellectual interests when encountering a boy in a sharp, striped sweater.

I met this particular Fashionisto on his way to meet his mother for dinner on the Upper West Side. In the fleeting weather we have been seeing in New York City these last couple weeks, he claimed his first instinct was to wear a fresh pair of boat shoes by Gravis he recently picked up at Barneys Co-Op, which were still new enough to form a blister on the top of his left foot. Still, ever chic, this Fashionisto decided to forego socks in order to commit to his outfit which, as a girl who prefers 6-inch heels to nothing at all, I have to give my respects to. He had been wearing his A.P.C. jeans all day; in their dark wash, they are the perfect transitional denim for a record label intern by day and hip New Yorker by night. For a little bit of flare, he decided to throw on a black leather belt purchased at J.Crew. His striped crew-neck sweater, which he delicately rolled the sleeves of in order to achieve an easy, approachable look, is made by Saint James, a brand featured at J.Crew. This slouchy fitting throw-on is loose enough to be comfortable, but the classic lines make it a very sophisticated piece. To complete the look, this Fashionisto threw on his token pair of Ray-Ban wayfarers that he usually keeps in his pocket, in case he is feeling the need to “initiate swag”, so to speak. His resulting outfit is smart enough to be worn out to dinner with his mother but at the same time, still nonchalant when meeting up with his boys after.

Hint: For all of the male Fashionistos looking for some preppy, cool threads, I recommend the stores Ben Sherman and Save Khaki. They sell really great button-downs in solids, stripes and plaids. Nothing looks better on a guy than an easy button-down with the sleeves rolled up.

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