Friday, June 29, 2012

Sharp Stylings #46: Georgie Fame in Madras

We can learn so much from yesterday’s fashion icons.  And living in a post-Mad Men world means we can even enjoy aspects of current male fashions! Every Friday, I’d like to start your weekend off right with a little style inspiration from either then or now. Hopefully, my fellow Mod enthusiasts will find the whole or some detail of the whole to appreciate and maybe even adopt.

Stickin' with the madras tip, let's take a look at a guy known for this look, early on in his career: Georgie Fame.
Thanks to Oliver Twist for posting this photo from the East Anglian Daily Times.
An early shot of Fame, wearing Ivy Style influences all over his sleeve! Madras plaid-patterned blazer with natural shoulders and thin lapels, short tab-collar shirt (rather hard to find, these days), and a narrow knitted tie (back in style, these days).

Fame's outfit here doesn't just look cool in a 'hip' sense, but also cool in a 'comfort' sense... there's just something easy, laid-back, and un-uptight about it. You could sport this on a nice summer evening and not worry about beads of sweat rolling down your neck. (Okay, maybe a Bay Area summer... Los Angeles summers are a tad warmer.)

As I mentioned before, seems knitted ties are back in vogue and you may have an easy time finding them at a Macy's near you. I've found a few there in the past couple of years in solids and horizontal stripes. There's a nice, casual feel about knitted ties for those days when you feel like dressing up without wanting to get too fancy. Pair the tie with a button-down Arrow shirt (sometimes found at a local Ross shop), a jacket in a light-weight material (like above), and a pair of sta-prest trousers, and you're good to go for the day!

So, a question for you: How many of you guys still wear madras jackets? Gonna try something new here, but if you do, post a photo on the Mod Male Facebook page! I always dig appreciating other guys' sharp styles out there!


  1. Knit ties and madras were huge in the 80's, too... It was the preppie mod thing. I dug it!

  2. I've seen a bit of a resurgence in madras jackets in London recently but not something I'd feel comfortable carrying off.