We recently photographed British menswear blogger, David Evans in a few of our Dashing summer looks whilst strolling through the streets of Soho looking charming in The Dabbler, Whitbread Ritzy and Between the Lines cloth. David then elaborated on his entrance into the world of blogging, tailoring scene and love for Dashing!
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I’ve been blogging for six and a half years, describing an older man’s search for style. I came to blogging with no background or interest in clothes and style and chose the subject as something I could explore with a little humour – in the event I found the topic fascinating as I explored it. I was previously a lawyer and a teacher, but now my time is largely filled by the blog, which is more of a hobby than a career.
How would you describe your style?
Pretty classic really. I love to see how far I can push the envelope at times to see where my comfort levels are, but essentially I’m not a real extrovert. I mix tailoring with casual and I’m happy wearing jeans, suede oxfords, an open-neck shirt shirt and a linen or tweed jacket.
Do you have any style icons? If so, why are they your icons?
I’m always asked this and have to reply no, I don’t look to anyone specific. I love the natural historical style of Steve McQueen and Cary Grant simply because they looked good in whatever they wore, rather than what they wore. I think it’s best to take elements from many influences rather than aping one. This allows you to adjust and suit to your own personality.
What are the biggest changes you have seen in fashion over the last 10 years?
I don’t think the last ten years have seen any great changes. I hope I’m creating a greater interest by brands for the older market – which after all, is the most affluent demographic, but that is gradual. Otherwise skinny cuts and too slim jeans seem to have been preserved on the high street longer than I would have expected. I think we may be seeing a return to more relaxed cuts but sadly sportswear and “athleisure” (what a ghastly word) seems to be selling well despite. It seems that ugly, shapeless styles are wrongly associated with comfort. Overall, however, I feel there is the start of a genuine return of interest in the development of personal style rather than simply copying fashions.
What do you enjoy most about fashion and style today?
The creativity and variety of what’s available enables everyone to find a style that reflects their personalities. Classic styles are hanging on and this is an advantage for the older man who isn’t forced into sportswear and tight artificially distressed skinny jeans.
What is it that you like about Dashing Tweeds?
The lovely people who work there of course. The British design and manufacture of the cloths. The fact that it offers wearable alternatives that are really original and like nothing elsewhere. The cutting edge styles and designs.
Any final comments?