The above picture is of Mr. Christian Chensfold, Editor and Proprietor of Ivy Style. The post that accompanies said picture, entitled Inherent Swagger, received quite a bit of abuse yesterday. And, being the opinionated fellow that I am, thought I would give my two cents here instead of in the comments box.
A number of people assaulted Mr. Chensfold for going overboard and combining too many elements of go-to-hell style in one outfit. To that I say “Did you read the title?” Swagger, to me, implies not just confidence but an almost exaggerated confidence. Maybe this isn’t what Mr. Chensfold meant, but I think combining the hat, pipe, and coat, while a bit heavyhanded if done with too much seriousness, works splendidly if one carries oneself with a little whimsy. That’s swagger. It’s knowing you love how you look, that others might not, and that you, frankly, don’t give a damn.
So, to all of you who, like myself at times, might want to throw a few of your favorites together, I say go for it. Walk with confidence, enjoy what you enjoy. That’s real style. Oh, and if you want to start donating to the “Buy Stephen a Polo Coat” fund, just shoot me an email.