Mr. Bass… Or shall I say Mr. Westwick? Either way, pull it together good sir. As one of the wealthiest trust funders in Gossip Girl’s New York you would think Chuck Bass could afford proper braces. And you would also think that Gossip Girl’s costume designer, Eric Daman, would have the wit to put Mr. Bass in proper braces. But as we all know, all is not right in the world of mens style…
As we all also know, I am a fan of braces; perhaps too much so. Trends aside, they are a superior method of keeping one’s pants in place; there is really no way around that fact. As with most things regarding mens style I have some rather strong opinions on braces. Most importantly, that they should attach to trousers via buttons, not clips. Using clips is akin to putting Volkswagen wheels on an Audi; it just cheapens the whole look. And to make it worse the pants have belt loops (see Rules 9 & 11). Ms. Hudson (ie the dimepiece below) got it right, and the world is a better place now that there is a picture of it.
The second point I must touch on is the knot of Mr. Bass’s tie. That being, that it is no doubt a half or a full Windsor. A knot which I strongly dislike. The symmetry of that type of knot is less than ideal, in comparison to the slight asymmetry of a proper four in hand or double four in hand. And then there is the fact that the knot is too large in relation to Mr. Bass’s face; it overpowers the face and the shirt’s collar. Speaking of the shirt, it would do well with some alterations. The Glen Plaid pants, however, are nothing short of glorious.
Images via: Glamour Vanity