Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper. Give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. Today we're showing you how to inject a little Southern gentleman into your wardrobe without looking like just another frat guy.
Whether you grew up in the South, attended school there, or just always fancied mint juleps over Manhattans, you’ll be pleased to know that preppy, cheery, Kentucky Derby-ready accessories are all over shelves this spring. There’s just one catch: Today’s bow-ties and spectator shoes are done with a bit of a lighthearted, almost hippie-ish twist. Think soft, sunrise colors and hand-worked details like ribbons and fringe. The effect is a lot less severe and yet somehow just as sophisticated as the original kit.
Just be sure to make like jazz musician and Louisiana native Jon Batiste and anchor these add-ons with a well-tailored, urban-minded suit. Particularly if, like him, you’re nodding to the South from the streets of New York City. A seersucker suit barely belongs at a garden party, let alone the crowded subway platform.
Thom Browne Spectator Wingtip Brogues, $1,450, available at mrporter.com
Post Imperial Amethyst Pocket Square, $85, available at unisnewyork.com
Westward Leaning Dyad Clip-On Sunglasses, $295, available at shopspring.com
Pair of Thieves Southampton Socks, $10, available at pairofthieves.com
The Hill-Side Endo Leaves Bow-Tie, $85, available at hickorees.com
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