I was putting my iTunes on shuffle when this song â€œYou Me and The Bourgeoisieâ€� by The Submarines came on. Such a cutesy, lighthearted song about â€œall the pleasures of the first world,â€� it tickled my fancy. Needless to say, it inspired me to come up with this look.
Now, I donâ€™t know if this look is, um, â€œwhimsicalâ€� enough to pass off as modern dandy. If truth be told there are a hundred other Lookbookers out there who do it better than I do. Just some of the notable few:
Philip Ellis from Manchester: lookbook.nu/look/154375-Fine-Dandy
ClÃ©ment Louis from Lille, France: lookbook.nu/look/50953-Russian-Dandy-Cl-ment-louis
Trevor T from Melbourne: lookbook.nu/look/190678-Well-that-s-just-dandy
Arenâ€™t they awesome? I love them to bits!
At any rate, I was surprised to find out that Blake Hazard of The Submarines is actually the great-granddaughter of the great American novelist/short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, who, in his essay â€œThe Crack-Upâ€� (originally published in Esquire on February 1936), wrote, â€œOf course all life is a process of breaking down.â€� It well may be that that was Hazardâ€™s inspiration when she wrote this one song, about how, â€œin the center of the first worldâ€¦ It's too easy just to fall apartâ€¦â€�
The more I listen to the song, though, the more another writer comes to mind, and thatâ€™s the great Oscar Wilde, who once wrote that â€œOrdinary riches can be stolen from a man. Real riches cannot. In the treasury-house of your soul, there are infinitely precious things, that may not be taken from you.â€�
This oneâ€™s for you, Mr. Wilde!
Location: Cebu, Philippines
Currently listening to: Well, â€œYou Me and The Bourgeoisieâ€� by The Submarines