Modern Man is Afraid of Dandyism. Except for a few…
What you’re looking at is the phenomenon of Sapeurs, a subculture of extraordinarily dressed dandies from the Congo. In the midst of their war-torn slums, these men dress in tailored suits, elegantly smoke on their pipes and stroll the impoverished streets in immaculate footwear.
Dandyism or sapologie in this case, is not a fashion trend. In some of the farthest corners of the earth where true dandyism exists, it serves as something closer to a religion; a code of living.
These days the term dandy has a certain effeminate connotation but in the late 18th and 19th centuries it had a far more masculine meaning. The dandy was not simply someone who was interested in clothes. Dandyism was a lifestyle. It included refinement in manners, a certain nonchalance and possibly an interest in gentlemanly pursuits such as prize fighting. The dandy was urbane and elegant but he was also very masculine.
So, if you are a woman reading this post, please do share with me in comments who is the dandiest guy in your life? 😉
If you are a man, well, what’s your dandy man style? or you may also read A Dandy Gentleman’s Guide to Dressing
In the end, I would like to leave with what I read somewhere –
“It’s about aspirations. Dressing for the life you want, not the life you have.”
I cannot agree more.
Related articles and Inspirations:
- The Return of the Dandy (wordwenches.typepad.com)
- Dapper men, now and then: The dandy in pictures (theglobeandmail.com)
- An Ode to Dandies (acculturated.com)