Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the literary lion-in-winter that is Tom Wolfe hasn’t been a dapper octogenarian his entire life. So on the occasion of his new book Back to Blood releasing today, Vanity Fair previewed an excerpt and dug up a photo of him from nearly 50 years ago (1966)—and he, miraculously, is wearing the same exact white three-piece suit he’s never seen without (we’re convinced he even sleeps in it). It’s a testament to having an unwavering sense of personal style—and to sticking with what works. It’s still working, sir. Bravo.
The May issues are in and we’ve got a mixed bag on our hands.
May can be a tricky style month to predict. It puts us in the late-spring-but-it-might-already-feel-like-summer zone of weather, so it’s hard to know whether we’re going to want to see umbrellas or madrases. (GQ hedged with umbrellas). It’s safe to assume most of this stuff went to print while April showers were still raging (and Derrick Rose was still playoffs-bound), meaning everyone’s predictions were a little off. So, in the name of menswear journalism, we trod through the mid-weight blazers, the white canvas shoes (well in advance of Memorial Day), a few instances of déjà vu and an unsettlingly low amount of eye candy to bring you...
Black and gray get all the cred, and there’s always a new color of the year kicking around, but whites and light khakis can have the same panache if you pull them off right. And white bucks are certainly a step in the right direction.
Monochromatic lines can be a dicey proposition, but it can give you a chance to stretch your legs a little more with regard to the cut. After all, if you’re going to risk a fencing-style blazer, you probably want to keep it as understated as you can.
This time, the monochromatic duds come from the Korean line Sleep Walker, with a quilted denim poncho thrown in to liven things up. We love white suits as much as the next style blog, but this might be too specialized a look to wear outside of the fashion set. Then again, it probably goes over better in Seoul.
The Man in White may have been robbed of his rightful place on *GQ*'s “50 Most Stylish Men of the Past 50 Years” list, but his new book deal will buy a lot of consolation trips to the tailor. Tom Wolfe just pocketed nearly $7 mil in advance money for his next novel, *Back to Blood*, about "class, family, wealth, race, crime, sex, corruption, and ambition in Miami, the city where America's future has arrived first."