Sinatra's Guide to Style

Monday, March 29, 2010

I'm a fan of the Rat Pack era music, and especially Frank Sinatra, so when I found The Rules of Sinatra Style I had to pass it along.  While some of the rules are a bit dated, I think it's a great snapshot  of men's fashion during the 50s and 60s. 

The Rules of Sinatra Style
  • It takes two hands to put on a hat the right way: Back brim curled up, front tugged down to a couple of inches above the right brow.
  • Never wear brown at night. Never. 
  • There’s no excuse for brown shoes past sundown.... Or white shoes. Or anything gray, unless it’s deep charcoal. Or blue, unless it’s midnight blue. In fact, let’s keep it simple: after dark, men should wear black. 
  • Ties should be silk. And conservative. 
  • Cuff links always. But leave the fancy jewelry to Sammy. 
  • When dressing formally, a vest is better than a cummerbund.
  •  Don’t wear a tuxedo on Sunday. 
  • Having messy closets is like putting on clean clothes over dirty underwear.
  • The shower is a great place to steam out the wrinkles in your dinner jacket.
  • Orange is the happiest color.
  • Don’t hide your scars. They make you who you are.
  • When it comes to pockets, everything should have its own place.
  • A pocket handkerchief is essential, but it needs to be perfectly folded.
  • Shine your shoes. 
  • Trim. Buff. Clean. 
What do you think? Do any of these rules still apply in today's society? 

1 comment:

  1. If Charlie had his way, most of those would still apply. :)


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