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No, Im not a star wars geek. But considering the movie is about to hit the screen, I thought the comparison apt.

It seems there are at least two types of dandy. The Brummelesque dandy and the Wolfian dandy.

The Brummel style dandy is concerned with fit and detail and what makes a man look serious. He is to be admired by his peers and considered an authority. He is not a loner, he is a king amongst his crew but he is a gregarious creature, to be seen at parties and in public. He believes in wearing whatever is appropriate for the occasion and making sure it is the very best in terms of quality, taste and cut witihn its genre. Others endlessly copy his style in the hopes that they can achieve this elusive normative perfection, learning the many hidden secrets of the seemingly simple, yet suprisingly intricate style. He will share his secrets freely bc he knows that the real style resides not in the make of a tie but in the endless hours spent learning to tie it for just the right knot. His power resides in the fact that every man wants to be like him and cannot.

The Wolfe type of dandy is a bit different. His clothes are powerful in a "Look but dont touch" manner. To be observed but not commented on. Cut and fit are also fastidiousy attended upon but for different results. This dandy is not to be admired but wondered at, marveled at. This dandy is a loner, and you are provoked to ask questions but at the same time you are given the impression that you are not allowed to. There is a built in aloofness, a statement of unattainability. He wants to be different and is elegantly so. He will not share the secrets of his wardrobe bc his originality is a trade secret. Not that others could easily copy his style but to divulge the empiricals of the wardrobe would be looked upon by him as dirty. His power resides in the fact that no one could possibly be like him without being a phony, and he likes it like that.

Which dandy are you?

May the style force be with you

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