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Teo Van Den Broeke Styles The Neo-Dandy

Teo van den Broeke

Identifying a new masculinity in the Spring/Summer 2019 menswear season, Teo van den Broeke, style and grooming director of British GQ and a Harrods contributing editor, brings the Neo-Dandy to life as part of The Craft of Man.

In many ways, the Neo-Dandy is the epitome of new masculinity – less about aggression, and more about self-expression. Naturally low-key and effortlessly suave, he is a confident man, not afraid to make a statement. 

In his younger years, the Neo-Dandy wouldn't have dreamed of being seen in anything other than a suit. This was a man who spent his evenings binge-watching Mad Men; overstatement and over-styling were the cornerstones of his aesthetic. Now, older and wiser, the Neo-Dandy has come to realise there are ways to wear tailoring that are much more interesting than tradition would dictate.

Today, he is more light-hearted in his approach. A suit worn with a vest or trainers, for instance, strikes just the right balance between tradition and modernity. He likes a tricky Japanese tracksuit, expensive haircuts, and to be seen at all the latest hotspots. As a frequent flyer (the Neo-Dandy loves to travel), he wants to be comfortable, but never slovenly – the very idea would horrify him.

Dior

Dior jacket, trousers, necklace, ring and trainers

  • Bottega Veneta, Thom Browne, IWC Schaffhausen, Ralph Lauren

     

  • Ermenegildo Zegna, Harrods of London, Dunhill

    This image: Ermenegildo Zegna jacket and trousers; Harrods of London vest; Dunhill trainers

    Left: Bottega Veneta jacket, shirt and trousers; Thom Browne sunglasses; IWC Schaffhausen watch; Ralph Lauren shoes

  • "The Neo-Dandy is the epitome of new masculinity – less about aggression, and more about self-expression"
    Teo van den Broeke

Style Icons
Bryan Ferry (sans bow tie) and Young Americans-era David Bowie (for the oversize fits and elegant take on masculine-meets-feminine tailoring). For summer, it's Dickie Greenleaf from The Talented Mr Ripley (pleated trousers, polo shirts and espadrilles? Yes, yes, yes).

Favourite Pieces
The Dior Tailleur Oblique suit (worn without a top) and the Bottega Veneta shirting-fabric suits.

Accessories
A Cartier Tank Française timepiece and a Prada black-nylon tote.

Most Likely To Say
"Martini, dry, with a twist."