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 Mensflair.com 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.”