Interview By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
The Chic Sheet
What is your fashion view?
Fashion is a fickle mistress. She seems young and beautiful, but if you don’t constantly keep up with her, she’ll make you look foolish and ultimately leave you. Style is like a well-chosen wife. She ages gracefully with you, makes you better than you would be without her, and restrains the excesses you know you’ll regret later.
How do you describe your style?
Classic. Timeless. Traditional. Anglo-American. I’m hunting for that sweet spot where my clothes wouldn’t have looked out-of-place on my great-grandfather and won’t look dated 30 years from now. Jackets, ties and good shoes are essential, because they are part of dressing like a grown man.
What are your favorite pieces?
Unlined cordovan penny loafers from Brooks Brothers, a gray peaked-lapel suit by Ralph Lauren Purple Label (and) solid-color ties with texture like silk knits and printed wools.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
I’m an inveterate bargain-hunter. Just about everything in my wardrobe came from a thrift store, a consignment store or eBay. However, when friends ask me where to shop, I send them to Evolve Consignments on Frankfort Avenue.
Who is your fashion icon and why?
There are many, but near the top would be Cary Grant. The man had an uncanny sense for personal style, because he knew what worked for him and capitalized on it. That’s the essence of style, in my mind, because when done well, the clothes fade into the background and people see the stylish person. Grant’s gray suit from “North by Northwest” is one of the most iconic outfits in cinematic history. It was just a sharp, plain, non-flashy gray suit that fit him perfectly and let his screen presence shine.
What is your creative outlet when it comes to fashion?
I blog at The Thrifty Gent (www.thriftygent.com). This is a place where I can inspire men by showing them that you can dress well on even the smallest budgets.
Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of www.thechicsheet.net. When Miranda isn’t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.