You can tell a lot about a person by the clothes they wear. Much as these classic gentlemen have each had a profound impact on the literary world, their choice of menswear inspires an effortless sartorial style that we can appreciate here at Samuel Windsor.
Tom Wolfe is perhaps best known for what has been dubbed New Journalism – the act of using literary techniques in a written piece so as to give it more character. This experimental technique allowed Wolfe to push the boundaries of journalism, and redefine what it means to be a journalist.
Wolfe isn’t only known for his experimental literary journalism; he famously only wore a tailored white suit for most of his life. This suave choice of attire elevated Wolfe’s sartorial style, and became an iconic outfit for someone who was a dedicated non-follower of fashion.
A notable author, Samuel Beckett has achieved a variety of accolades across several media, from poetry, to novels, to plays. Despite his impressive achievements, Beckett eschewed the fame that came with them – most notably avoiding the Nobel prize for Literature ceremony in 1969.
Beckett’s wardrobe of choice was a classic mix of turtleneck shirt, trench coat, suede boots, Aran knit jumper, smart shirts and ties. This quintessential wardrobe is one that has stood the test of time and would be a must for the contemporary man of today.
F Scott Fitzgerald
When it comes to decadence, nothing more fitting comes to mind than F Scott Fitzgerald. Along with his wife Zelda, the Fitzgeralds encapsulated the essence of the roaring twenties. Fitzgerald was not only known for literary works such as ‘The Great Gatsby’, but also for his effortless style.
Fitzgerald was rarely seen in anything other than a three-piece tweed suit, accompanied by a pocket-handkerchief and tie. The timelessness of a three-piece tweed suit is versatile for many an occasion, a trait that Fitzgerald used to his advantage.
John Updike is considered to be one of the greatest American authors of his time. Perhaps best known for his ‘Rabbit’ series and ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, Updike was a prolific author, averaging around one book a year.
Updike knew the effective simplicity of conventional separates, an attire that is simple to emulate but emphatic in style. A smart tweed jacket worn with Aran knit jumpers, button-down shirts, and khaki chinos is an outfit with classic Updike sartorial style.
TS Eliot was a monumental poet, who has become an inspiration to many throughout the years. Eliot penned some of the best-known poems in the English language, such as ‘The Waste Land’ and ‘Four Quartet’, as well as many, many others.
Eliot’s wardrobe of choice was a smart three-piece suit and tie, and was almost never seen wearing anything else. An impeccable choice of style to suit many a gentleman, Eliot knew how important it was to always look your best.
One of the great American writers, Ernest Hemingway was known for his economical yet effective writing style. Hemingway won many accolades for his work, most chiefly the Nobel prize for literature in 1954.
As a fisherman and hunter, Hemingway adopted traditional Aran knit jumpers as part of his everyday attire. Teamed with his craggy beard, this made for a charming signature look.
William S Burroughs
Considered to be one of the literary greats, Burroughs made his name as one of the infamous beat generation authors. Adopting experimental writing techniques to push boundaries and redefine what it means to be a writer, Burroughs has been an inspiration for many.
Not one to typically follow fashion, Burroughs’ outfit of choice was a three-piece suit, fedora hat, and occasionally a trench coat when the weather demanded it. While eschewing more popular trends, the timeless attire of a traditionally tailored suit gave Burroughs a sartorial elegance worthy of his literary achievement.
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