“A dandy is a clothes wearing man, whose trade, office and existence consists in the wearing of clothes.” -Thomas Carlyle in Sartor Resartus
Well, old Tom got it partially right, but he missed a few nuances. Dandyism, that desire to be exquisite in appearance, to be perfectly groomed and graceful is a means of self expression.
The attention to textiles, texture and tailoring which the Dandy advocates is not only a salute to oneself, but it is a testament to a conception of being immaculate in public, so as not only to NOT offend, but to enhance the public beauty of the well dressed man that every girl is crazy about, according to St. Z Z Top.
The VIP bachelor knows this, and practices this. He knows that the devil is in the details for the Dandy.
Bottom line past all the fancy lingo: you get treated better when you look better than Joe Sixpack. You want to appear to be Carl Cognac.
For inspiration and edification check out this book, I AM DANDY
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