Dandyism is a type of British and Bohemian style from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that was popular among the upper-middle classes. Persons who wanted to separate themselves from the lower-classed masses often sported the dandy clothing style, as well as the dandy traits of intellectualism and education and sensitivity. If you want to build a wardrobe that is fit for a bohemian dandy, all it takes is following a few simple rules of style.
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The jacket is a very large part of the bohemian dandy style. Shirts and mandatory long jackets have floppy collars. The more ornate the buttons, trimming or pattern on the jacket, the more it will fit into dandy style, as long as this patterning is not garish in its shapes. Dandyism, although sometimes colourful and decadent, has roots in clean seams and patterns.
Bohemian dandy styles are, in contemporary fasion, of a neutral tone like black or cream paired with (at most) a splash of colour. Traditionally, the dandy would wear more colour. In fact, many people associate the clothing of the male dandy with the colours of a male peacock's tail; the reason for the elaborate colours was to separate the dandy as upper-middle classed. If you want to imitate traditional dandyism, then feathers and silks of various colours would not be strange; a modern retelling of this effect could be pocket squares or colourful ascots or shoes.
The bowler and fedora are essential parts of classic dandy couture. For time telling, pocket watches are preferred over wrist watches, unless the wrist watch is gold, leather or expensive. For those who suffer from vision problems, the prince nez (glasses without ear pieces) and monocles are traditional pieces, while thick, black-rimmed glasses are more contemporary versions. Rings and necklaces are more traditional, while contemporary dandyism calls for a more sleek look without jewellery.
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