Personal style is just that; personal. It represents you as an individual – your experiences, your personality, your lifestyle, etc.
For that reason, it’s difficult to give “style advice” to a mass audience.What we try to do at TSB, rather, is showcase a range of individuals who have unique personal style, and ask them to describe their clothing choices.
Like most of Alex’s Southern friends, Nashville Tennessee native Whit Smith is a unique character full of personality. And, as you would expect, so are his outfits. Here Whit tells us about the evolution of his eclectic, thrift-heavy Southern style, and his clever use of unusual accessories to create a persona that is as interesting as he is.
1. Old School, My Way
“I have few routines in my life and one of them is going to work. ’Business attire’ is mandatory at my job, which is delightful because I enjoy wearing a silly strip of cloth around my neck, truly. I even wipe my face with my long ties, which is why they were invented in the first place.”
“I also collect vintage pins and pin-back buttons and affix them to almost all of the items I wear. It’s a homage to my roots listening to punk/metal, and a nod to the still thriving underground/indie scene here in Nashville. I have about one hundred and fifty buttons at this point, with very few that I wouldn’t wear.”
“The tie clip is a silver-colored bar with an tiny reverse engraving of a naked Marilyn Monroe, encapsuled in polyeurethane. My wife bought it for me at a antique store in Dyersburg, TN.
The top button I bought at Little Hamilton Collective, a sort of catch-all anarcho-crust punk music venue that unfortunately closed down a few months ago. It pictures a dilapidated wall and boarded-up window that could have come straight from the side-scrolling beat ‘em up games of yesteryear (see: Streets of Rage 2). The significance of this button to me is that although I spent many years as a child submerged in a false idea of the ‘urban’ or ‘marginalized’, I now know these places to exist and to be real in themselves as they are. It also serves as a reminder to the undesirable places in the world that most people forget to remember.
The upside-down tie-dye peace sign signifies a rejection of modern New Age hippiedom; and it’s a nice reminder of the vestiments of the Catholic priests in my parish.”
- Mustard jacket Thrifted
- White club collar shirt by Brooks Brothers
- Thrifted TN State Tie
- Vintage Marilyn Monroe Tie Clip
- Watch by Timex
- Antique hand-engraved pipe
- Navy chinos from Target
- “Brogue Ranger” boots by Red Wing