Win­ston ch­ester­field

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What is style to you?

le vrai win­ston

In ad­di­tion to serv­ing as an ad­vi­sor for lux­ury brands, Win­ston Ch­ester­field is a pro­fes­sional pi­anist and am­a­teur com­poser. He writes for Mens­ ev­ery week­end.

“Style is a rhythm. It’s the way your body re­acts to your clothes and how they in tan­dem cre­ate a har­mony. You have to be com­fort­able in what you wear, but that doesn’t mean that you must wear the most com­fort­able clothes. It takes some time to get com­fort­able in, and get used to, a new style. The plants in your gar­den don’t flower right away and they won’t at all un­less you look af­ter them. The same goes for style.”

You man­age to pull off an el­e­gant look by dress­ing in high­street brands and vin­tage. What ad­vice would you give to some­one who wants to dress right with­out spend­ing a for­tune?

“I cre­ated my blog Le Vrai Win­ston in 2007 in re­sponse to all the ques­tions I used to get about where my clothes were from. Peo­ple were sur­prised that you can find a com­bi­na­tion of vin­tage in­spired clothes in reg­u­lar high-street stores. De­signs and man­u­fac­tur­ing are im­prov­ing day by day and it’s pos­si­ble to find de­cent stuff that fits in cheaper stores, as long as you’re pa­tient.”

What are you not will­ing to com­pro­mise on?

“Shoes. I’ll hap­pily splash out on a good pair. A cheap pair can ruin a fan­tas­tic Sav­ile Row suit. Qual­ity shoes are an in­vest­ment and will last decades, as long as you care for them. Footwear trends don’t vary a great deal over time ei­ther.”

Where do you source your style in­spi­ra­tion?

“I’m in­spired by vin­tage il­lus­tra­tions in Esquire, pho­tos of by­gone Hol­ly­wood stars, and the gen­try in the Ed­war­dian era. When it comes to style, I’m in­flu­enced by peo­ple like Dou­glas Fair­banks Sr., the Duke of Wind­sor, Cary Grant and Fred As­taire. In ad­di­tion to th­ese peo­ple, I ad­mire and ap­pre­ci­ate the looks of my friend Barima Owusu Nyan­teki, the style-icon and Paris’ best dressed man, Mas­si­m­il­iano Moc­chia di Cog­gi­ola, who’s also the au­thor of the book I am Dandy, Mr Raro from Mararo, be­cause of his unique­ness, and fi­nally Lapo Elkann.”

What’s your thoughts on the term dandy?

“I don’t see my­self as a dandy – it would be a pretty con­trived thing to do. I’m just a guy who likes clothes and owns way too many. Peo­ple can call me what­ever they want.”

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