What is timeless style?
Timeless style is easy to define yet hard to explain; simply it’s a sense of style or a way of dressing that will never go out of date or become unfashionable. Like many things in menswear it is elusive and seemingly unattainable – we men don’t have the same amount of choice in clothes as women do. Timeless style is wearing certain clothes which embody the whole persona.
So how does a piece of clothing become timeless?
For an item of clothing to become timeless, we at Csquared think it must have some kind of impact on popular culture – whether that be someone cool wearing it in a movie, an artist painting it or a singer writing a song about it. If someone who has a lot of public support wears a particular piece whilst doing something iconic then the item is well on its way to being cemented into the wardrobes of the world’s most stylish men.
The Men Who Embody Timeless Style
Over the last 60-ish years, many different men have embodied this sense of timeless style. To name a few: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Cary Grant, Sammy Davis Jr and the modern stylish man right now, hands down is Tom Ford.
A timeless style requires more than just considering the clothes you wear. All these men seem to share a number of personal characteristics; the first – and KEY – being confidence. Most of them have to be confident because their jobs push them into the public eye, but if you watch them, notice their actions, how they speak, their mannerisms, you will notice they have a sense of true inner confidence that just oozes out of them. With this confidence comes an innate sense of style and fashion – of what always looks good on them and in what situation. These men are all undeniably “cool” . Cool seems to go hand in hand with timeless style; cool people make an item timeless and timeless items make people “look” even cooler.
What stands out about all these men is that you could take each and every one of these out of the generation they lived in and put them in another and they would still look just as great today if they dressed exactly the same way. They had an innate sense of style which transcended generations and every cyclical trend we have seen in between.
Now that we’ve spoken about what times style is and the men that embody it lets talk about some pieces that ARE timeless. Pieces everyone should own and know will look fantastic on them.
Image: Tom Ford S/S2012 Menswear Collection
Quintessentially male, the suit is every males formal uniform of choice. Always smart, the suit can be worn as easily to work as it can to a cocktail party. The suit comes in different styles and colours: single breasted, double breasted, three piece, one button, two button, peak lapels, shawl collar, black, white, grey, navy or even brighter colours in summer. Pick your poison as the list is a long one.
If you want something that is truly timeless, then stick to a two button mid to dark grey suit – it will work at any situation you throw at it.
Image: Vogue Hommes - Gas Masked Suitings
The blazer is a versatile piece that can be worn for just about any occasion. Whats great about a blazer is that it has the unique ability to both dress up and dress down different outfits. Wear it with a v-neck t-shirt and a pair of jeans and you instantly look smarter, pair it with some trousers and you suddenly look more causal than the people in full suits.
For the winter months, Csquared recommends a grey blazer and for summer a navy blue blazer, although a black blazer can be worn at any time and is great for party season.
The Trench Coat
From the black and white films of the 40s to the present day, the trench coat remains a must have piece of clothing. You can stick to the classic khaki colour or a black/navy version if you want something a bit sharper. Wear it over a suit, or a simple pair of jeans and polo shirt combination for a more dressed down look.
Wear it closed and tied to make a formal statement or open with the belt tied around the back for a more casual look.
What are your favourite timeless pieces and style icons?
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Image: GQ Aprill 2011 Issue