This season is all about Nucky Thompson's 1920s polished gangster style a la Boardwalk Empire. Although the Don (as in Draper) will always hold a place in our dapper-loving hearts, nothing echoes swagger louder than a polka dot bowtie, three piece suit, and two-tone oxfords.
The second season of HBO's hit series premiered Sunday night and, as usual, there was no shortage of sophistication. From Nucky's salmon pink dress shirt paired with a checkered three-piece suit to Jimmy's relaxed trousers held up with striped suspenders, men of today can find style inspiration in these 1920s mobsters.
Boardwalk Empire style made a bold appearance on many of the Spring 2012 runways. Lines such as Acne, Antonito Azzuolo, and Carven featured shorter pants, three-piece suits, and topcoats. All items are quintessential of a 1920s wardrobe.
Some stylishly inclined folk are already getting a leg up on this trend by dressing like Nucky for Fall 2011. The formal attire of the well-dressed gangster exudes power, prestige, and pomp (even when one is just socializing at the local speakeasy).
Items to add to your shopping list include: suspenders, bow ties, three-piece suits, oxfords, and tweed jackets. Barneys NY offers the Formal Diagonal Suspender by Trafalgar for $80. The collection of bowties, ties, and cravats available at Forzieri Italia will make even Nucky himself jealous.
The suit was one of the quintessential staples of men's fashion in the 1920s. Brooks Brothers' Regent Fit Three-Piece Plaid 1818 Suit is perfect for the mimicking that refined Boardwalk look.
In the 1920s, suits were often high-waisted, worn with either black oxfords for fancier events or a two-tone version for more casual occasions. Forzieri Italia sells an Italian Handcrafted Two-tone Wingtip pair for a cool $630.
For a more laidback look, men opted for short trousers with high, argyle printed socks showing as well as sweaters over collared dress shirts. Saks Fifth Avenue features inexpensive Polo Ralph Lauren Argyle Socks, in a brightly colored two-pack. This look would be topped with a tweed jacket, similar to the one by A.P.C. sold on Mr. Porter.
The Roaring Twenties were about celebrating life and progress. Although Boardwalk Empire may highlight the grittier side of the decade, Nucky and Co. manage to look like the most polished of gentlemen through it all.
With the stock market evoking memories of 1929, at least these looks will put your style cred back in the black.