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boardwalk empire + esquire = things you could learn (in regards to fashion)

October 27, 2010

Check out this interesting article in this month’s Esquire Style Blog about what we all can learn, in regards to fashion, from HBO’s latest hit docu-drama Boardwalk Empire. Check it out below:

We have a bloody mess on our hands in Episode Six of TV’s best-dressed show still standing. In the Windy City, Jimmy seems to be following in the footsteps of one Peter Campbell, breaking out the youthful Baltic blues upon his ascent to power. And what better way to get a promotion in Prohibition-era Chicago than the wholesale execution of your rival. With Al by his side, Jimmy and Torio take revenge upon poor slash-faced Pearl and, more importantly, take control of Greek town from the Sheridan clan. And you know what? They look swell doing it, too. I’m seeing some silk in the colorful three-piecers picture on our young bucks above – and that’s a step up from the rough wool tweeds of their early days on the show. Time to start taking notes: this is how you pull off a bold color theme from head–to-toe without looking like a crazy person.

Meanwhile, it would appear that our lovely Mrs. Shroeder has taken the cookie and moved into a managed flat for other “kept” ex-widows. While she does seem to genuinely care for Nucky, it doesn’t seem like a situation that’s going to rest easy with her. When Nucky stands her up for a date to entertain the greasy mayor of Jersey City, she stays up all night by the phone… while our friend Mr. Thompson graciously accepts a blowjob from a hooker. Not attractive behavior, to be sure, but that is a magnificent specimen of a purple suit he’s wearing: dull purple tweed, pale lavender shirt and accented with a brighter plum tie — a flawless example of a difficult color wielded with class.

So it’s probably about time we addressed the pattern-mixing situation from Atlantic City to the Midwest. We’ve talked about patterns in our Mad Men recaps, but in 1920 they did it with more balls. It’s the same kinds of dramatic stripes, checks, and diagonals in rich reds, greens, and browns, but look closely through the bluster of shapes and hues and you’ll find a definite science at hand. In each case, the dramatic color of the tie comes from a small pattern of the suit. Call it an accent, call it a flourish, just make sure it looks like this:


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