What I Have in Me – Bruce Boyer

“What I have in me” go ahead with one of today’s foremost style writers namely Mr. Bruce Boyer. Bruce is in addition to a brilliant fashion and style writer, one of the best dressed men in our eyes with a healthy and inspiring vision of classic menswear.


My name is Bruce Boyer and I have been a fashion journalist for over 40 years. I was fashion editor of Town & Country magazine for 15 years and has written for Vogue, Esquire, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Rake to name a few. I have written five books and four with other people. My last book was published by Basic Books in Septmber 2015 called True Style. Currently I am working with a historical study of male fashion in the 1900s.

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When I look at these pictures of myself, which I do with a critical eye, as confirmed what I have long believed; I neither fashion in terms of right or wrong, that my clothes sends the message I want to convey, and I’m comfortable in what I’m wearing. The recurrent themes I can see in my dress is

  1. A penchant for tweed, flannel, cashmere and other coarse fabrics.
  2. A tendency toward a more conservative taste.
  3. A style that basically is the Anglo-American but with a small attempt at Italian liveliness.
  4. A love for old clothes.

In the first picture, I wear a green tweed jacket in 18 oz fabric from weaving Porter and Hardingand gray flannel pants in 14 oz fabric from Smith woolens and these were both made to me several years ago by the London tailor Steven Hitchcock, a master of the softer construction by tailoring which I prefer. I hate one of the architectural approach to tailoring because it does not fit my body very well and it rarely is especially convenient. I therefore prefer the coarser fabrics, but with a lighter construction. The shirt is a button-down from Brooks Brothers ‘s dimensions sewn. The collar, cuff and the buttons are sewn without shims. The unbuttoned shirt collar is a habit but stems from something I found on that expression in my youth. The sleeveless vest in cashmere, ullslipsar and handkerchief in silk / wool, all from Drake’s London. The shoes of scotch grain and wingtip embodiment comes from Edward Green and is 25 years old now.

On the other pictures I wear a different pair of shoes from Edward Green in wingtip embodiment and cognac-colored calfskin (these are 30 years old). The scarf is made of wool / silk from Drake’s. The coat is shorter covert coat with moleskin collar and was called home by myself about 20 years ago from Turnbull & Asser in London. I like it because it is durable, warm and comfortable (generous enough to wear over the time, and have a lot of practical pockets). It is a model dressed enough to even carry in town.

I admit that my clothes are a bit old and wrinkled, but I’m also a bit old and wrinkled. It is also quite clear to myself that I have not changed my style that much since I was young. Early on, I experimented a little by a number of ways to dress and express myself and decided to try to build a wardrobe of good quality, conservative and relatively vacant garments that would fit the life I wanted to live. Despite the stylistic revolutions, Peacock Revolution of the 60s, hip look from the 70s, designer trends, the Italian high-fashion and everything else, so he, I have been relatively consistent in my own taste. I do not recommend this approach, but it works for me.

Jacket & Pant – Customized by Steven Hitchcock

Shirt – Brooks Brothers Button Down

Rock – Turnbull & Asser

Tie, handkerchief and scarf – Drake’s London

Shoes – Edward Green