Sunday, 29 April 2012

Ouji/Kodona-Dandy Fashion Vs Formalwear

A heartning thing to see is the current upswing in the popularity of Kodona/Ouji/Boy-style fashion. After all, it's always nice to see something you love get more recognition. However, for a fashion to become popular, new people need to start wearing it, and this brings in a lot of people who don't quite get it right. But nobody gets it right first time!
A very common mistake with boy-styles is to just wear any suit, or formal masculine clothing and call it Dandy. Yes, you probably look great in a suit, but it's not Boystyle. Just the same as throwing on a blouse and skirt isnt Lolita.

There really is ONE KEY to Kodona fashion;  DETAILS.
You can start with any suit, and so long as you wear the right accessories, make it work.

The first "accessories" you really must have, are a hat, and waistcoat (or vest).
Or, if you can pull it off, a sweater vest. Basically, anything that is worn between your shirt and jacket.
Look at these two images, it is immediately obvious which is Fashion and which is just formalwear, right?



The key differences are the details. In this case, pattern is used to make to for a lack of accessories. The pieces themselves are detailed with eye catching buttons and unusual print But even with few accessories, the model is still wearing 
something on her head, and has arranged her hair. Hair is important - EVEN FOR THE GENTLEMEN - make sure it is clean and brushed at least. A great look for longer hair, is to simply tie it back (or better- braid it), and add a bow or ribbon at the top of the tail.

Easy accessories include;
A Tie Pin (any brooch or even hair pin across your tie could substitute)
A Corsage
A Brooch on your Lapel
Flowers or feathers on your Hat
A Large vintage-style Ring.
 
 Hats are important in boy-style fashion. By far the most common hat is a black topper.
BUT, a suit + top hat does not equal Kodona/Dandy.
Hats too, need details.


First thing's first - avoid party and costume top hats. A real, plain hat is easy to find online, and will not break the bank. But compare the ordinary top hat to those by Alice and the Pirates (shown). You need to add interest. This is very easy to do with feathers, flowers, or even just a brooch or pin on the band or ribbon. Or even just add a larger or longer ribbon in a colour that compliments the rest of your outfit.

Okay, I'm starting to sound like a broken record now, but the details really will make that much difference.
Look at these waistcoats;

 


 They're both unpatterened, black, waistcoats. However, the difference is obvious. I am not saying that the first one cannot be dandy, and the second one will allways be so. My point is how much of a difference the details make. An unusual collar, unusual length, a different fabric, interesting buttons. All of these aspects things help!
You don't have to have them all at all times. But allways have at least one aspect, keeping it interesting.


More posts on Boystyle Fashion Including the rest of The Kodona Code can be found here; http://lowdownanddandy.blogspot.com

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