Middle-aged lady stopped me because I was wearing blue boots, “I love it when a man dresses outside the box.” “Thank You.” lol #beaucouprandom #tcdstyle (Taken with Instagram at Tchoupitoulas St.)
Topman (by www.elliott-morgan.com)
This look is such a great inspiration. This is how to do color and pattern. It offers a visual irreverence that gives me such #LIFE.
For about a year now, I have lived for the idea of an oversized printed shirt. Find a shirt with a really vibrant print. I would say “ethnic” or “tribal” print, but such a notion would allow the belief that the West, particularly whiteness, is not an ethnicity and has not had it’s own tribes. The scholar in me cannot allow this, but I digressed. I think it works particularly well under a well tailored black blazer. The vibrant African-inspired pattern versus the solid black, the oversized billowing effect versus the European sartorial mode epitomizes Creole Dandyism. Both the content and form between the two creates a wonderful tension, and it is within this dynamism of the encounter where fashion lives!
If you are a Dandy like myself, then you try to avoid the shopping mall at all cost. We all know the pitfalls of shopping in Suburbia (Yeah, I’m giving you the side-eye Lakeside). I hate the “American Gladiator”-style battles for parking; the cookie cutter “styles” of mall-friendly brands; the vitamin D deficiency and depression induced by the lack of sunlight; and (last but not least) the dirty looks from those who have not yet embraced their Dandy. The shopping mall conundrum is only exacerbated by the seeming lack of hip retail options for the city’s ever-growing post-collegiate male demographic.
No fear. A new Magazine Street boutique is quickly filling this menswear void. Vernon Clothing is one of the latest additions to the city’s premiere shopping corridor. The store offers a fine assortment of new Men and Women’s sportswear and business attire. Perusing the racks, one will find a healthy mix of Crescent City-based and international labels. The dark wood accents and in-house stylists will transport you to an era when customer service was both attentive and thoughtful (imagine: Barney’s CO-OP meets the bar from Cheers). Vernon has every Dandy’s summer must-have covered whether you’re looking for slim chinos, seersucker, or straw fedoras.
Make sure to visit frequently. Vernon also curates an ever-changing collection of luxurious vintage pieces, surely to be indispensable to every Dandy or Dandyette. A friend of mine once snapped up a vintage Lanvin blazer (circa 1970s) in pristine condition for $75.00. LANVIN Paris. Vintage. Seventy-five Dollars!
So for your next shopping adventure, make sure Vernon is at the top of your list. They’re located at 2049 Magazine Street, NOLA. You will not be disappointed. I promise… would The Creole Dandy lead you wrong?