Men’s style writers love heralding the importance of having a uniform – a signature set of clothes that you personally can own, day in, day out. In theory, most men would agree that this is a great concept, but what’s interesting is that so few of us actually put the uniform to use. Try to think of a man, any man who has a set uniform. Not easy is it? For us, there is one man who always springs to mind when we think “uniform,” and that’s Wes Anderson. He might not always wear corduroy suits, but he certainly pulls them on (and for that matter pulls them off) quite a lot.
The corduroy suit just well, suits him. There has been so much talk over the past few years about “casual suiting,” but a lot of that focus is upon fit, rather than fabric. Anderson’s uniform demonstrates how that relaxed feel of corduroy makes for the perfect casual suit. Just look at how Anderson wears it – on set, in interviews, in photoshoots, even on the red carpet (except notably at the Oscars recently). He works in it, he plays in it, he lives in it. And that’s what corduroy was initially designed for, as a country sporting fabric that could go over the bridge, through the woods, and back home again for cocktails. Today, that everyday vibe is more important than ever. A suit should be easy, you should be able to toss it on every morning and never think about it again for the rest of the day, no matter where that day may take you. And that’s exactly what a corduroy suit does. Just take it from Wes.