The Appraisal: Suits with Sneakers
Some things are best left to the professionals.
Like wearing jorts. Or casual-ing up your daily suit-and-tie routine with some sneakers. Today, we discuss the latter.
A staple of haphazardly dapper rebellion long before modern menswear editors brought it to the mainstream, the suit-sneaker combo is not, in fact, a recent development. (Check out the guy on the right in this iconic image if you don’t believe us.) And when perfected, it’s a look that oozes nonchalant cool. But attempting it (and succeeding) can prove a weighty endeavor for even the most seasoned sartorial veteran…
So before attempting this not-so-easy-footed roguishness on your own, we demand you ask yourself the five following questions:
Does your day job require both a high level of professionalism and a number of choreographed dance routines?
Are you an integral member of a semiformal track team?
Are you generally on-camera only from the waist up, and so have no obligation to abide by traditional rules of sub-navel decorum?
Are you a fashion editor at—or writer for—certain men’s publications?
Have you ever been or are you currently in a European boy band?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, you may proceed. With caution, of course.
- — Stephen Praetorius