Ask Alan - Spring 2007

Ask Alan - Spring 2007

We often hear about stylish stars from the past. Which of today’s celebrities and public figures best exemplify superior style? This is a question that goes to the heart of what I term the “paradox of modern fashion.” If the likes of David Niven or Cary Grant are your style benchmarks, I’m afraid Hollywood’s current crop of leading males could not even tie their shoes.

Ask Alan - Spring 2006

Ask Alan - Spring 2006

My suits are in conservative colors, mostly gray and navy. Can I wear brown shoes with any of them? Is there a rule here? This question has been coming up for years. In fact, in my most recent book, Dressing the Man, I reprinted an editor’s response to a similar inquiry from a reader that appeared in a 1936 issue of Apparel Arts magazine.