Yeah, the whole thing looks like a big ol’ costume party. I can’t help but notice that this fellow’s coat is very sloppily cut and poorly fitted. His detachable collar is badly yellowed, too large, and has wings pressed upwards in an imitation of an Imperial stand collar. His ascot is sloppily and amateurishly tied. His very nice vintage silk hat is being worn on his hand, not on his head. If you’re going to go these extremes with the retro-eccentricity, you’ve GOT to get it spot-on and bespoke, and wear it without so much as a speck of self-consciousness, or you look like a fool. And fools are never dandy.
I think the catty remarks above are WIDLY off the mark. The young gent in question looks perfectly fresh and dandyish to me. I understand that some posters conceive of modern day dandyism as the fetishisation of clothes that would go unnoticed in a London department store except for infinitesimal yet eye-wateringly expensive details, but surely they must know that one of the strands of modern dandyism (and indeed the one embraced by the book in question) is quite ‘retro’, theatrical and more concerned with the ornamental than geeky aspects of tailoring.
To stand up for the young man, I have to say that it the fact that he is not wearing his topper indoors is correct (I do believe he is indoors, otherwise I have to agree with Mr. Thompson).
As regards the comment above, I certainly wouldn’t label a mid-19th century attire as “fresh”. Fancy, maybe; excentric, if you want to; but not fresh…
I think his *interpretation* of period-inspired attire, in the broader context of what passes for culture and society these days, is fresh in the sensory meaning of refreshing, invigorating, etc.
It is barely more contrived than some of the so-caleld “sprezzatura” larks one sees praised on the web and it passes the kye test, for me: it looks good, it looks fun and it is not boring.
I stand by my comments. Fit is everything. The indoor/outdoor hat rule is a little misleading, BTW: better stated, it is the separation of public/private spaces. The topper is historically an exception to the rules that apply to lesser hats — it is always worn, with very few exceptions. Certainly in the above setting, a public area, it should be worn.