Polished Ruggedness featuring Casey Bickley

February 23rd, 2012

My friend Casey Bickley has a unique sense of style and an even more unique story to go along with it.

He was born in Texas, attended boarding school in Minnesta on a hockey scholarship, played varsity at West Point and spent five years in the army before leaving his duties as a captain to pursue his true passion; fashion & style.

With plenty of alpha-male experience under his belt, Casey is now expressing years of pent-up talent and creativity as the newest member of the styling team at Michael Andrews Bespoke.

I love meeting masculine guys, from different backgrounds and walks of life, who are expressing their interest for fashion and style. In my opinion, Casey (hockey player -> soldier -> stylist) and I (farmboy -> basketball player -> blogger) are just two examples of a new generation of fashion-conscious “guy’s guys”.

Here, Casey shows us how he gets down in NYC’s East Village.

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1. Tailored ToughGuy

What I love most about Casey’s style:

1. He only buys quality pieces that will last the test of time, and wears the hell out of them.

2. He combines classic menswear elements with slightly more forward silhouettes and proportions.

3. He doesn’t give a f*ck what anybody thinks. He wears what he likes and is 100% confident in it.

He understands that well-made outerwear, like every coat in this post, is always a good investment. The design should be classic, the construction should be strong and the fabric should be sleek since you’ll be wearing it often, hopefully for decades to come.

“Now that I work in mens custom clothing, I like to experiment with bolder suiting fabrics. I typically pair a louder pattern with more muted shirts and ties.”


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  • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

    Casey and I are the same height, so it’s good to see someone of that stature featured. The looks he pulls off are raw and controversial (mainly the animal draped over his neck lol) but something about that presence makes him similiar to how Kanye pulls off his outfits (kind of like “F-you fashion” type of feel). I dig

  • Anonymous

    supafly

  • Joel

    Glad to see a feature of Casey on the site. Casey was nice to bless me with his knowledge of style as I chose my design for my suit at MAB.

  • Sergio

    I have the privilege to be styled by this man right here at MAB. This makes me even more excited about taking the next steps into the bespoke world, having this guy help me design a wardrobe via MAB.

  • Daniel

    The jacket in #1 and the leather bomber in #5 are awesome

  • John

    Not so hot on all the fur either, but more Casey! Dude’s got great style. I’m liking the turn to more guest spots on the site–it really emphasizes the individualized perspective of how the “rules” can be broken once you know them. Keep it up!

  • Joe

    Just curious what your thoughts were on the coming Salmons & Brown Clothing Line. The backgrounds are similar – Basketball to Fashion. Again, great work.

  • Brett

    Wish I could be as cool as you guys. Keep up the awesome work

  • Anonymous

    On the fence on this one. But a great fun read none the less.

  • Jk

    Dude from Modern Family is putting in work when it comes to style!! JK,all in fun,dude owns these looks! Nice feature! How’s that feature on the bigger man’s style coming? Been a minute….

    • Joe

      Post on Big Man Style? VERY interesting…
      Great Blog, I appreciate all the work.

      • Hassiel

        I don’t know if Billie knows that Nathan is your brother, Casey. =)Thanks for all the feecbadk, folks. I hope the rest of the images in this series don’t disappoint. And thanks again for your time, Nathan. I’m sure we’ll get a chance to do it again.If anyone knows any older people that live in the Austin, Texas area, and want to pose for a photo like this, please let me know.

  • Anonymous

    Killing it!!

  • iis of faith

    What truly makes a “man” is his inner most being…From the above “GREAT” photo shots…I believe his rugged behavior and/or personality is captured…thanks Dan, for another great post!

  • Chasin

    I think the fur is awesome. Dan has had several posts featuring fur and the look is so lux. I went out and bought two fur collars because I really liked the look. This whole fur is badass. Anyone who wears an animal around his neck is rugged no matter what else he is wearing.

  • Kevin

    Dan, you mention you love meeting masculine guys who love style and fashion. Why does it matter if they are masculine? Style is style.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Only that our backgrounds are similar, which is not something I run into regularly. It wasn’t meant as an exclusive statement, I appreciate style of all kinds.

      Thanks for reading,
      Dan

  • Jack

    He must have been stifling some laughs in that absurd fur look.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Maybe. But even if he noticed, he wouldn’t care. That’s what I love about it, it takes self confidence…it takes balls.

      -Dan

  • AAJR

    Gotta love those skinny/high cropped pants. Being a 5’8 guy myself, definitely know what he is talking about when it comes to proportion. LL bean boots look awesome!

  • RismoMax

    In the first outfit, can you tell me what style collar that is? Also, who makes the shirt? Badass!!!

  • tuba

    Love the layers but unfortunately i live in florida. I cant wait for the summer postings.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      We got some cool things planned for summer :)

      Feels like we’re almost there.

      Thx for reading,
      Dan

  • VB

    I dig this dudes style, it is polshed ruggedness! I think what people might missing is context especially for look 3 and 4.

    Look 3 is his “cold weather” look, we have barely had a winter in the North East (even here in Nova Scotia). It might look feminine because there is no snow on the ground, now image 2 ft of snow and its all about function. Same with the looks with fur. In bitter cold fur makes sense, but because its barely dipped below freezing all winter this look might seem silly.

    I’m guessing that Dan and his team had an idea and theme but unfortunely the elements did’t match. Sometimes you have to shoot what you got.

    Dan please tell me I’m right.

    VB
    Halifax, NS ( by way of Windsor, ON)

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Well said. I agree about context. Good reading between the lines brother.

      Best,
      Dan

  • TO

    I want to know more of Casey’s insight with these looks!

    “I am very careful about proportion”

    For example, how did you come to realize that being 5’8″ you would look damn good in (very high) 10-12″ Bean boots? Traditional thinking would tend to make me think these would have the opposite effect on a shorter guy, like you happen to be.

    Very cool stuff, sir. Great post DT/SB!

  • Jules

    The Tailored tough guy is one of the best looks I’ve seen for ages – usually I don’t like black tie and non-traditional collars but it all worked really well.

  • Marc

    To each their own, but I don’t find the guy rugged or masculine..just overly dandy styled.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      This was a tough one to write because he’s style makes more sense when you know him and understand his personality and point of view.

  • Ethan

    I like details of all the looks but I wouldn’t consider any of them rugged. I like look 1 the best. I think it looks the most masculine albeit not really rugged. And look 4 with the fur, for some reason, gave me a mental picture of a female pop singer.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      haha. To each his own.

  • Darren

    I read all this dude’s quotes in a thick Irish accent.

  • Alan Gorkin

    II don’t agree with any look that uses fur. Casey has great style otherwise.

    (I’m not a “fur is murder!!!” PETA activist or anything, but I love animals, and could not ever imagine killing them just to wear them as a scarf)

  • Hez

    I could never pull this off but can’t hate. No denying this guy has amazing personal style. Thanks for all the hard work SB, your site is my favorite

  • Felix

    Definitely rugged. I think the suited look, and the women’s-jumper look work the best for him, and show the most edge. Though, I simply adore look four. The fit is sublime, and the colours forward and masculine. I liked it.

    Until the dead fox. If there is one thing this site taught me to avoid, it is fur.

  • WJA

    Wow. Probably my favorite post so far. Very, very well done. Kudos.

  • Arron

    Gotta love bass loafers. For the price , you can’t beat the style.

  • David

    What’s masculine about this guy besides his past careers (which aren’t reflected in his clothing choices) and a thick beard?

    The looks themselves generally trend extremely feminine. I wouldn’t call this “polished ruggedness”. More like “I’m wearing women’s clothes but it’s OK cause I have a beard”.

    With that being said, I do like look #2 a lot.

  • Donny

    I don’t think this rugged at all. It’s rather still dandy and feminine. Ryan gossling is rugged.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hmm…I have to disagree.There are plenty of flattering words I would use to describe the fellow Canadian style man…rugged is not one of them.

  • Emanuel Iuhas

    WOW, I can’t believe he was wearing that fur collar.
    Awesome!
    :D
    Thx bro!

  • Anonymous

    trying a little hard for me, but he has a certain something for sure

  • HarrisonK

    In look 4, the first picture, is that a real animal?

    Although I don’t necessarily like his looks, I like the idea’s behind them. The rugged/masculinity in most of his looks are great. I also like his attention to detail and proportions.

    Look 3 is great.