“Every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man,” sang ZZ Top in 1983. The song emulated the zeitgeist of the times, inspiring men to pull together a classic wardrobe to impress the ladies. Fast-forward thirty years, not much has changed.
With shows like Mad Men and BoardWalk Empire influencing the social scene, modern men also have an interest in getting dressed. Forgoing the casual Friday aesthetic, hip men are leaving the polo shirts and khakis in the closet. Designer Christopher Bailey called his recent Burberry fall collection “I ♥ Classics.” The focal pieces were traditional Burberry trenches updated with graphic prints. The models, sporting hair by stylist Matt Mulhall, wore classic soft side-parts. Mulhall recommends this look for “letting people know you’re aware of sartorial traditions, but not subservient to them.” Even with its classic roots the hair is modern and easily maintained. Similar grooming was seen at the Jil Sander show. Sander’s classic, streamlined silhouettes were paired with square cut hair, and brushed forward to accentuate the jaw line. Hair stylist Guido Palau was inspired by the late 70s and called this look “very GQ.” For more tips on achieving the classic soft side part, click through style notes.