“He provided the soundtrack for several generations of Americans trying to navigate the rocky shoals of romance and grapple with love and heartbreak. And he became one of 20th-century pop culture’s quintessential men of contradictions: the bullying tough guy whose singing could radiate a remarkable tenderness and vulnerability; the ring-a-ding-ding Vegas sophisticate with an existential outlook on life; the jaunty urbanite who could deliver a torch song like no one else. Fans could recognize his voice from two or three perfectly phrased syllables, and they knew him instantly from his style: the rakishly tilted hat, the coat slung over one shoulder, the Camels and Jack Daniel’s” – Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times
In light of a recent article I read about the new book “Frank: The Voice” by James Kaplan, I felt compelled to dedicate a post to Frank Sinatra and his style. In my eyes, he is the perfect example of someone who is iconic in the realms of music and fashion. Defining the elegant style of his time, Ol’ blues eyes was always dressed to the nines as he crooned hits like “New York, New York” and “Fly Me to the Moon”.
Frank Sinatra signatures included tailor made suits and tuxedos, immaculately folded pocket scarves, fine silk ties, bow ties, and gold cuff links. Looking back on his style makes me reminisce of a time when mens fashion wasn’t so casual, and more polished and sophisticated.
Men looking to evoke their inner Sinatra should follow his advice which says:
“One half inch of a man’s shirt cuffs should protrude from his jacket sleeve, trousers should fall slightly above the shoe, black is the only appropriate color to wear after dark, vests are better than cummerbunds, and you shouldn’t forget to shine your shoes”