“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”—
In matters of taste and style, examples from which to learn are a sine qua non. For all the abundance of guides, rules and worthy blog posts - both good and bad - suggestions are not enough. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words. For all our pretensions (mine in particular) to an independent mind and original perspective, we are products of our environment to at least some degree. Acquiring the right environment, then, is important.
From time to time, I will suggest references - people, blogs, even one-off pictures, of the way a definitive modern gentleman should look. I’m not especially interested in the vacuous world of “celebrity”, so although a well-known or public “figure” might appear from time to time, I’m just as likely to choose someone who has a meaningful existence beyond the internet, and is little known on it. As I am now. This gentleman, as much by good timing as anything, as there are many from whom I would happily choose, is the first.
I know this man only as “Pingson”, from the very mixed bag that is Styleforum. There are several frequent posters whose style I admire, but one of the reasons I chose this man as the first example, is that he meets the description “definitive” so well. According to his own words, he is a university lecturer from Sweden. I’ve no idea how varied and permissible the Swedish academic environment is from a sartorial perspective, but from examples I’ve seen of other universities, I would guess “very”. It is therefore a matter of choice and distinction that he dresses so well.
If there is any downside, I suppose it would be that Professor Pingson is not a great risk-taker. But then again, for most people, diving into the more esoteric areas of menswear is usually a mistake. What the Professor does is take classic menswear by its very letter, and confine his experimentation to a clear and conservative definition of good taste. That’s not to say his appearance is boring - the colourful ties and pocket handkerchiefs are carefully chosen but no less interesting for it. His selection of rich textures and weaves in jackets and suits, is varied and appealing.
So, Professor “Pingson”, I congratulate you on being the first ever TEGTOM “Gentleman of Taste and Distinction”. And to you, dear reader, a simple suggestion: if you’re not sure what to wear for “business casual” or simply every day good taste, ask yourself: “What would Pingson do?”. His own writing and some inspiring pictures (from which these above are taken), can be found here.
Well, I can only say thank you for the extremely kind words. I am really honoured to be first ever TEGTOM…… :blush:
Hi! Thanks for your postings. Your shirts from Bellisario look very nice! I would like to order some but I'm having trouble choosing the right fabric and collar. Too many options can be a little overwhelming... Would you share more details about the four shirts from your post at the end of february 2013? Which cloth did you choose? Which collar did you order? and, are you still positive about them after 9 months?Thanks in advance!
I would wholeheartedly recommend Belisario. I pretty much only use these shirts nowadays, all my other shirts are pretty much collecting dust in my wardrobe. The have held up very nicely, even if I didn’t order the fanciest shirtings. Not a single loose thread on any of my shirts, the buttons don’t show any indication of falling off (which actually have happened for me on some really high end shirts I bough RTW). I could not be happier with them. But as always with online MTM the shirts don’t get better than the measurements you supply. I should say that it took me about three orders to get the fit nailed down so that I am entirely happy with them
With regards to the actual shirtings used, I have received that exact question before, and you can find the answer here. As for the collar, it is the french collar with two buttons. It suits me and my rather tall neck best IMHO.
I'd just like to thank you for digging up the long lost "Practical Thoughts..."-thread. I lost track of it some time ago, but I've really been looking for it. So, thanks for that. Also, thanks for a great blog! Someday, I'd sure like to get a look into your wardrobe to get a feel for the number of components you've got - shoes, SCs, suits etc. Best regards /Markus, just north of Stockholm.
Thanks for the kind comments. I was also quite happy to re-discover the “Practical thoughts..” thread, it contains a bunch of really useful information. As for my wardrobe, maybe I should try and get a few shots of it someday. I did a quick count this morning and I probably have about 10 suits, 15 SCs, 10 pairs of wool trousers and about an equal number more casual trousers.
My suits are mostly bought new, either RTW or MTM. I have found it to be virtually impossible to thrift suits that I both like and that fit me well. Jackets is another story - I mostly thrift them through eBay or B&S on StyleForum. The key is to really know your measurements and sticking to them, even if you find wonderful “deals” where the measurements are even just a little off. Patience is definitely a virtue when thrifting (either IRL or online). Shoes I ALWAYS buy new and ONLY from England!