london calling:

living abroad has given me a few insights in to my own style. every city and country have their own unique mix of cultures, climates, and tastes that combine to make a unique style. my observations start here in the uk and will move around from there.


the airport and tube were of little significance, but once we alighted at kings cross to walk to our hotel, the iconic and stylish nature of the millennia-old city was quickly apparent. slim - as in very slim - suits seemed to criss-cross the open spaces with leather brief cases in one hand and the day's copy of the paper tucked beneath the other. old to young, short to tall, and rich to poor, seemingly all men from every vocation and class were perfectly aware that a dark suit and narrow tie just make a man look smart.

the attitude is all backwards in london; you wear a suit to look good, not simply to nail an interview or comply with a company dress code. where i come from, you don't just go out dressed up - you will stand out. i almost welcomed my mediocrity because in utah, a precisely tailored suit with perfect proportions is tough ground to tread and attracts a few sideways looks. but here in london, even in my best suit i was just another number in the crowd. although, it is a classic and very sharp dressed crowd. and an influential crowd too. most modern menswear got its start here, and london style will be largely shaping men's style in the near future. here's gq's take:

this year, for our annual fall fashion preview, we're looking to london. ever spent time there? there are teens tromping around in blazers and wingtips. and businessmen buzzing about in tweed suits... the idea is to wear well-tailored clothes (including the three-piece suits here) like you're truly british. which is to say: like you were born in them. 
—will welch with gq

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