Thrift Trad & Indie Ornaments feat. Whit Smith

April 29th, 2013

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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.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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  • Josh

    It’s cool to see other punk and hardcore kids doing the preppy/trad/southern thing right

  • Derric

    Fantastic looks all around. I am truly jealous of his bow tie.

  • Roman

    No offense, but he seems kind of like a pretentious pseudo-avantgardist to me.

  • Kris

    That wristwatch is AMAZING.

  • Michelle

    Love this piece from top to bottom!!

  • Michelle

    LOVE!!!

  • John B

    Lots of personality on every look!

  • Ibby

    As much as I love the featuring guests, I really miss when SB had a lot more to do with Dan

  • Jeremy Whitechick

    Win.

  • dagobertinax

    Wow!!!!!

  • Khalid

    Definitely looks like an interesting character! By any chance, does he have an equally distinctive (if less-stylish) uncle who worked as a marketing manager for WKRP in Cincinnati??

  • Taylor

    That is the hottest man I have ever seen in my ENTIRE life.

  • William

    Now there was a real man.

  • Changingman

    I grew up on punk and metal also, which is probably why I still dont feel comfortable wearing light colors / preppy styles. But as the TSB team says , its our experiences that create our styles. I was a huge Anglophile growing up, from punk, Oi, Two-Tone, Mod, etc.. so stuff like Fred Perry Ben Sherman , slim suits, etc were always on my wish lists. But its only 20 years later that I can actually afford them….just barely lol!

  • Jimi Brady

    After spending a month in New Orleans, none of Whit’s outfits look outlandish to me. He’s definitely got the dandy southern gentleman look, and I think that’s awesome. Not my cup of tea, but that’s the point! I agree with another poster – he looks like he can be found betting on horse races every day of the week. Great article.

  • Kevin

    No thank you. It must be because I come from the suburbs, where wearing a correct fitting suit is already seen as weird, but I don’t go for the whole dapper dandy look. If he likes it, more power to him, but I’ll stick with more “reserved” style.

  • joe

    The quotes have got be the funniest in the history of TSB. Great post and great wit behind the clothes.

  • http://undefined Nathan Wind

    I couldn’t help but read his descriptions in a southern drawl. It’s nice to see some fuller cuts on this site as opposed to the usual Thom Browne tailoring.

  • Brady P

    gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a sh!t. classic

  • http://oogaboogababy.blogspot.com Whitfield

    It’s the same watch that I wore in all three shots. It’s a Timex that I picked out from the website and my wife ordered for me.

  • http://www.backdownsouth.com Back Down South

    Heck yes. And really stocked to see Volunteer Traditions on here! Great company run by some greater folks.

  • Pete

    Awesome. What watch is that in 3?

  • http://stylishbefore40.blogspot.com stylishbefore40

    Well done. But , moreover, I think that you should have Thompson M1928 , your outfit would be completed:-)

  • Nick

    Very cool. Maybe could have given the pants in the third look a quick iron though?

  • Patrick S.

    Brilliant post! Love his personal style very much, (great fits) and especially how much thought he puts behind his accessories

  • Kiel

    This is great. I hope to see more features like this. What a character! He looks like he bets on horses all day.

    I would like to hear some TSB opinions on this guy’s outfits also.

  • Z

    Love it

  • jerry feinstein

    “upside-down tie-dye peace sign signifies a rejection of modern New Age hippiedom”

    …but my pants are from target. nice.

  • Shawn

    Love the stories behind every outfits!

  • Jake

    uhh…interesting. Not my speed, but as we say, “to each his own!”

  • http://undefined Laurence

    excellent….!!!