Fashion Clues from Timeless Icons

Fort Wayne Fashion Tips from Famous Icons

Styles for men are increasingly more casual, but that doesn’t mean your closet should be devoid of several essential timeless pieces that have graced the bodies of fashion icons throughout the years. All it takes is a few items to give you a classic, effortless and smart look. Read on and then we’ll see you in Christopher James soon. You’re welcome: George Clooney


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Talk about aging gracefully — and handsomely. Clooney is among a crop of actors who might be an oldie, but is always a goodie. And he seems to get better with age, according to the ladies. He’s evolved his style from his TV sitcom days when he sported the disheveled look many young actors find to be de rigueur. But he’s aged to be a lovely man with more gray and crow’s feet, but always donning a well-coiffed haircut, a sport coat and shirt, or a neat shirt and slacks. He’s the essential gentleman. 

George Clooney’s timeless item to have in your wardrobe: A Hickey Freeman or Coppley  smart sport coat or two in varying weights. It never hurts to have a tie or two in your closet as well. A Robert Talbott tie will do the trick.  


Miles Davis

Saxophonist Sonny Rollins once said that Miles Davis was the “complete package.” He was often spotted in three-piece Brooks Brothers suits. A slim gentleman, he preferred to forego padding in the shoulders and a breast pocket. There are iconic photos of him not only in suits, but also in smart cashmere sweaters, slim-cut khakis and a narrow scarf tied stylishly tied around his neck instead of a necktie. 

MIles Davis’ timeless item to have in your wardrobe: Flat-front slim fitting neat khakis from Bill’s Khakis or Peter Millar. Dress them up or dress them down. 


Jack Kennedy

The epitome of preppy, Jack Kennedy opted for two-button tailored suits and Brooks Brothers shirts and ties. Sure, photographers snapped him casually playing football or sailing off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in summer whites and collared shirts. But that’s as casual as it got. Jack Kennedy’s trip to the presidency saw him keep up his timeless style with his equally elegant wife Jackie at his side. 

Jack Kennedy’s timeless item to have in your wardrobe: A slim fitting tweed or wool sport coat from Coppley or Byron.   


Sam Shepard 

The playwright Sam Shepard has always sported a rugged look. Perhaps the opposite of Jack-Kennedy preppy, he was as relatable as the person shopping in the next aisle at the grocery store. His style was comfortable, a bit disheveled and meant to move with his mind — always working toward the next play, the next piece. 

Sam Shepard’s timeless item to have in your wardrobe: Comfortable jeans from Paige, 34 Heritage, Agave or Alberto

We’ll see you at Christopher James soon where we’ll help you dress like the star that we know you are. 

Versatility at Its Finest: The Suit

Yes, the suit! It’s time for a new year and a new you. Wipe the slate clean, give your closet a bit of a clean-out and refresh, refresh, refresh. 

A new suit from Christopher James that fits you well could be one of the most comfortable, luxurious, versatile pieces of clothing in your closet. Many an office in the area is going suit-free and opting for casual dress codes, but a suit from Hickey Freeman, Coppley or Byron is like having multiple outfits at the ready. 

Here’s how: Wear your blazer to work over a button-down shirt from Robert Graham and sweater for that important breakfast meeting, dinner out with your significant other, that meeting with your boss when you talk about your next move up the career ladder or brunch with your in-laws this winter. Your in-laws will be thrilled to see you look even more spiffy than usual. 

And the suit trousers, you ask? Nowhere to be seen. Pair the suit jacket with 34 Heritage or Paige jeans. Colored chinos can also do the trick. You’ll look neat and put together without fearing that you’re overdressed. You’ll also thank us for recommending you wear layers in the dead of winter. Restaurants are drafty and temperatures in older office buildings are sometimes not well regulated. You’ll appreciate having a blazer and a few extra layers of warmth. 

Now it’s time to let the trousers shine. Skip the suit jacket and pair the pants with an extraordinarily soft cashmere sweater from Peter Millar. Or pick a boldly patterned button-down shirt from Stenstrom’s. It’s a new year! Be bold! You can also wear the quarter-zip sweater by Robert Graham you received for Christmas over a shirt. A pair of leather refined sneaks by Trask and you’re set! Yes, you can pull it off. 

Stop in at Christopher James and we’ll show you how to pull it all off. Start with the ever-versatile suit and you’re set for anything life throws at you.