People Watching: ds23pallas

I Thought that this almost 10 year old post was worth revisiting as Ds23pallas’s style feels like it would easily fit in in 2023. His style is perfectly imperfect. A refined rugged ivy for the office with his signature knit ties and slightly disheveled vibe. I’d also like to point out that I have always been more inspired by real life than the images of the past or marketing. There is a lot of inspiration out there. Be sure to look around and you will see it. 

More so than books like Take Ivy or even vintage ads from the Ivy boom I am inspired by clothes being worn by real people. I have learned a lot from watching how others interpret traditional American style. When done very well it is almost undetectable. It is this style that I am most drawn to. It is often so restrained and unexciting that it is very seldom featured in modern advertisements, but in the real world free from the constraints of stylist and marketing it exists. One person that embodies this look is Ask Andy Trad’s poster ds23pallas.

I asked ds23pallas if I could post a few of his pics on my blog for my readers to enjoy and he asked why I liked them so much. I didn’t expect that. I told him that I was a fan of his style, because it is simple, put together well, but never looks affected. There is a very natural quality about his pictures and I always get the feeling that he couldn’t be any more comfortable in his clothes. He is never quite dressed up, but could go just about anywhere in what he is wearing. He has a look that is both neat and rumpled at the same time. I could go on about the use of subdued color, hearty fabrics, and texture, but I won’t.

I got a response from ds23pallas saying, “Heartier fabrics? That’s because it’s cool or cold most of the year where I live. I’m also not a fan of fussy fabrics that need to be coddled. I own the damned clothes not the other way around.” He went on to tell me that a few of his favorite items were hand me down Shetlands, knit, ties, and sacks that just fit. I have included a few of my favorite pictures below. Enjoy a little people watching.
Duffle Jacket
Brooks Brothers Poplin Sack SuitGreen Tweed SackBrunt Orange Knit Tie Old Truxton sack sport coatGrid Check shirt and knit tieHoundstooth sack sport coat
School Boy Scarf1980's Brooks Borhters Hopsack Sack BlazerGreen Sack Blazer

oxford cloth button down
Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

4 Comments on "People Watching: ds23pallas"

  1. ArtVandalay says:

    Always enjoyed his contributions to the AAAC forums – I’ve been missing his WAYWT posts lately though.

    Godspeed, ds23pallas!

  2. Sean says:

    Can you hyperlink or give website address to find more pictures/content from ds23pallas? I would like to see more of his stuff. Great post!

  3. oxford cloth button down says:

    Sean – I am glad that you enjoyed the pics! Unfortunately, there is no way that I am aware of to link to his posts, I had to spend some time searching for and collecting them.

  4. Hollywood Argyle says:

    Very nice. I like the texture of his clothes. Although I tend to wear multiple patterns, I still appreciate the simplicity of well-matched solids. ds23pallas seems to fit the English definition of “well-dressed”: looks good, but 15 minutes after seeing him, you couldn’t say what he was wearing.

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