So I FINALLY saw Grand Budapest Hotel (amazing!) the other night and, much as movies often do, it inspired me to break out my best early 20th century look. The costuming reminded me of the seemingly effortlessly cool look people had in the 1920’s and 30’s. Don’t get this confused with the Gatsby genre, where every detail was taken into consideration, I’m talking blue collar style.

Guys like James Dean and Marlon Brando are worshipped as style icons, when in reality they just knew how to wear basics with confidence.

Here I paired some dark selvedge denim jeans with a similarly washed jacket from Unis. My favorite piece is the white linen shirt from Gap. I’ve had this shirt for years and it’s been with me through thick and thin. Every man needs at least a couple of 100% linen shirts in his arsenal. They can be used much more often then just when you’re at the beach. The brown saddle-style shoes and the newsboy style cap from Goorin Brothers complete the retro-look.

This outfit is fun for me because it almost feels like I’m straight off the set of a 1920’s era film, but when you break it down, the pieces are all modern and essentially normal.

Don’t be afraid to dress in character from time to time.

Let’s see some of your retro inspired outfits!

Thanks for reading!


I’m wearing: Hat: Goorin Bros, Shirt: Gap (similar), Jacket: Unis (similar), Jeans: Gents, Shoes: Urban Outfitters (similar), Watch: Timex

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I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at

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