That’s It: Episode 8, Rules

This is not ‘Nam. This is style. There are rules.

The idea that there is a blueprint for style is one that I find completely preposterous. However, it’s something that many, many people believe in. There are even people who peddle “methods” for dressing well, breaking the “elements of style” down into a series of flash cards that can be put together like a puzzle to make you into your most stylish man.

I really don’t buy it.

Sure, there some basic foundational things to know, grasp and understand as if they were gospel. And there are reasons you should. But there’s no prescription for good style. And following a formula or copying someone else’s look exactly usually yields some less than great results.

Today on the podcast, I talk about the so-called “rules of style” and their merits (or lack thereof) as well as issue of snobbery, elitism and why pop radio is so repetitive.

Take a listen and chime in with your thoughts.

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Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

That’s It is edited by Mack McLaughlin.


Chime In

  • Peter

    Well, Brian, while there are exceptions to the rules whenever I see people breaking them they look terrible. I think it’s important to understand the rules before you try to be “adventurous”.
    But I think snobbery is unacceptable, we should be bringing people into style, not pushing them out.


    A gentleman no more thinks about style than he thinks about breathing; style is innate; one either has it or one doesn’t.