Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Men in scarves
Not so long ago, we were watching a video of The Pianist with a couple of friends and their 11-year-old son, when the youngster piped up, 'Hey doesn't Mr That's Not My Age look like him (Adrien Brody)?' Absolute silence. 'Well they've both got big noses!' Mmm. So that's not the Blog Widower, it's Adrien Brody looking quite chic in a summer scarf - and, I suppose, a little bit like Mr TNMA if he had facial hair and a shiny suit. Next week is Mr TNMA's birthday and inspired by the elegant, Continental Style of those lovely older Italian men The Sartorialist captures so well, I asked how he felt about a summer scarf:
Had he ever worn one? 'Yeah, all the time in the eighties,' Mr TNMA then went on to detail his New Romantic phase, a series of flamboyant outfits including a tuxedo jacket, gold BOY London trousers and a lime green snood. Yes, a snood. This latest gift (from Sandro) can only be an improvement.
Don't worry, he's seen it already, in fact he even took part in another game of dress-up in the shop. Now, I know anyone can wear a scarf and lots of men do: football fans, hippies, Russell Brand, but having the panache to carry one off is a different matter. As Mr TNMA points out, Keith Richards has always liked a bit of scarf action:
Peter Saville designed some of the best album sleeves, ever and gives good scarf.
Editor-in-chief of W magazine, Stefano Tonchi wears one all year round.
My advice to grown-up men everywhere is to go for wrap-around rather than skinny and then casually throw the scarf on over a tailored jacket.
Can you think of any other men who accessorize well?
Adrien Brody: Wenn
Keith Richards: Contact Music and Ethan Russell
Peter Saville: Anna Hessman
Stefano Tonchi: The Sartorialist and Getty