4. Imitating Aristocrats
Whilst being educated at Eton or Institut Le Rosey (a.k.a. “School of Kings”), aristocrats are also schooled in the nuances of class-defining style: double breasted jackets, bespoke footwear, silk accessories, vintage cuff links, the cravat, waistcoats, tweed. It’s posh with insouciance, classically defiant. Impossible to emulate without a crumbling castle somewhere in your lineage. Interlopers simply look pretentious. What does this mean for you, the guilty party? Retire upturned collars, the sweater draped just-so over the shoulder, matchy-matchy flannels, pocket squares, and other attempts at dandy-isms. Without blue blood, you will only succeed in channeling Steff McKee, John Hughes’ snotty country club villain of Pretty in Pink fame.
The Fix: Focus on classical elegance; a well-tailored suit, crisp khakis, John Lobb shoes, a stunning tie.