The Return of The Ubiquitous Trendy Dress Shirt.


The non-traditional trendy dress shirt has been making a comeback in the 21st century.
Back in the 1980’s trendy dress shirts was very popular, and made famous by shirt making companies like “Chams De Baron”, “Arrow” and “Ocean Pacific” giving a contrast and companion to the “designer jeans” craze in which “Calvin Klein”, “Bon Jour”, “Sergio Valente” and “Jordache” led the pack, “Sassoon” was also a household name. A must have for the fabulous fashionistas of the time.


The trendy and stylish men’s dress shirt has returned, giving fashionable men many more options to express their unique and individual style.


Once you find “That Shirt” which you must be seen in, take some time thinking of other unique pieces to pair it with, which could be a trendier style of boots or shoes, an asymmetrical jacket, or even that perfect pair of black jeans you were afraid to wear with anything else.

But don’t choose a shirt just for the sake of being different, your choice should reflect you and your personal individual style. Dare to different, Dare to be you, Dare to have style!


The Ageless and Veratile Waistcoat Part 3


A brief history of the waistcoat part 3:

The denim waistcoat during the 1960’s and 1970’s was very popular with the trendy crowd, sporting many badges and broaches.


Now that we followed the waistcoat from the 17th century to the 20th century, let’s examine the trusty waistcoat in the 21st century.


Modern waistcoats come in a variety of styles, while some keeping a bit of the classic mixed with new concepts. Acquiring a waistcoat collection can be a great advantage to your wardrobe. I suggest you experiment with different styles and build it up over a period of years. In time you will recognize the value of starting a collection of versatile vests.

Every Elegant Classy Gentleman should have one!

The Ageless and Versatile Waistcoat: Part 2.


In the time of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert (her consort) started a fashion statement with his small waist. Wearing his vests tight and tapered which gave him a striking look that all the gentlemen started to emulate in the early 19th century. Around the 1850’s a straighter line, with less restriction at the waist was the change of style. The notion of leaving the last button on the waistcoat undone, as well as on blazers and suit jackets, stemmed from King Edward VII while Prince of Wales: “His ballooning waistline caused him to leave the bottom button of his waistcoat undone. To his subjects, he was a style-icon and they took up the habit.” Another practice of undoing the lower button was to stop the waistcoat from riding up when on horseback.

Many stylists insist that men wearing a suit jacket should leave the last or “bottom button” undone, without even knowing where the practice originated from and why. So if you do not have a “Beer Belly” or plan on riding to work on horseback, feel free to button the last button on your blazer if you wish, instead of blindly following people who dole-out fashion do’s and don’ts, but fail to correctly explain the why’s, how’s and when’s, because of the lack of knowledge or understanding of the history of certain men’s fashion treads.

Before the advent of wristwatches becoming popular, “A gentleman would keep his pocket watch in the front pocket of his waistcoat, attached to one of the buttons with a fob and watch-chain.” This arrangement is still worn by Elegant Classy Gentlemen.

The Ageless and Versatile Waistcoat: Part 1.


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A brief history of the waistcoat:

The vest or the most commonly called waistcoat is one of the very few pieces of clothing whose origin historians can date precisely. In 1666 King Charles II declared: “The King hath yesterday in council declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter. It will be a vest, I know not well how”.

20191006_235048This Royal decree was the first ever to mention the Vest or “Waistcoat”. Also “Charles II introduced the waistcoat as a part of correct dress during the Restoration of the British monarchy.”

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries,  men often wore  elaborate and bright colored waistcoats, until fashion in the nineteenth century restricted them to formal wear, and the development of the suit dictated that informal waistcoats become the same color as the rest of a man’s suit.

20191006_235232From the late 17th century a man’s doublet became a waistcoat with men wearing a frock coat over it. “By the 18th century a man was almost never seen without his waistcoat. Not wearing a waistcoat was to be considered “undressed.”


The waistcoat, or vest, of the 1770s was fashionably worn to the upper part of the thigh, opening in a “V” beneath the stomach.

20191006_235024Waistcoats were made in all qualities of silk, cotton, wool, and linens. If adorned, it could be embroidered, printed, brocaded, quilted, tasseled, silver or gold laced, and was the most elaborate article of men’s dress.”il_fullxfull.234410123

Welcome to the Elegant Classy Gentleman

Welcome to the Elegant Classy Gentlemen by Mike Strange.  This online Magazine will highlight Men’s Fashion, Health, Lifestyle, and Stylist dress tips by Mike Strange, as well as Restaurant Reviews with a focus on my Native Harlem New York, and the Arts.

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