MICHAEL NGUYEN

MICHAEL NGUYEN | Citizen Couture

MICHAEL NGUYEN | Citizen Couture

MICHAEL NGUYEN | Citizen Couture

MICHAEL NGUYEN | Citizen Couture

I was intrigued with meeting Michael when his sister told me how stylish her brother was. After finding some time, I asked if he would be interested in being featured and so we met up on a late summer evening near the Financial District where I used to work. It was certainly interesting to see Michael walking through an area where most men paired suits and dress shirts conservatively. I like how he adds small personal touches to make his ensemble unique such as the bird clipped to his lapel and lodging pennies into the cutout of his loafers, which prompted to ask why they’re called penny loafers.

According to a few sources, penny loafers were designed by John Bass in the 1930’s and originally called Weejuns. When pay phones were still ubiquitous, Weejun wearers start placing dimes – the price of pay phones in those days – into the shoe pocket to make emergency calls. Pennies later came along as when students wishing to make a fashion statement took to inserting a penny into the diamond-shaped slit on their Weejun instead.

It was interesting to see a fashion statement such as inserting pennies into loafers have a history and it’s almost comical thinking it now because pay phones has now become so obsolete. While chatting on our walk back to the subway, I expressed interest in purchasing a pair of boat shoes and Michael exclaimed that I should get loafers instead because everyone had a pair of boat shoes. His mindset was different and that’s what I liked about it.

MICHAEL NGUYEN
Writer

-J.Crew Suit
-J.Crew Tie
-Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Shirt
-Postmodern Gentleman Tie Clip
-Bass Penny Loafers
-Vintage Glasses

  • http://copiouscouture.blogspot.com CopiousCouture

    I love his style!!!!! Great look!

  • http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com Leonidas

    amazing style. I especially love his loafers and how they correspond to the length of the pants.

    http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com

  • http://21arrondissement.com Le 21ème

    GREAT fit! LOVE the tie bar!

    - http://www.21Arrondissement.com

  • http://postmoderngentleman.com MIchael

    Hi,

    I wouldn’t call myself stylish. It actually took me three days to put that outfit together. I had to sleep in half of it the night before as I prepared. I slept standing up, of course.

    Thanks for making me look halfway decent.

    Michael

  • http://citizencouture.com citizencouture

    LOL…Michael, that just sounds absurd! You are such a humble person!

  • http://maliciousmallory.blogspot.com Malicious Mallory

    Love this! I was really into the tie, then I noticed that bird! So unique.
    Also love the little history of penny loafers :)

  • http://www.bargainbex.blogspot.com/ bargain bex

    Michael,

    I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve found myself asleep while standing too – it’s a burden I must bear as I prove the statement: ‘beauty is pain’ (or at least a tad annoying to sleep in sometimes) to be true!

    Bex.

    P.S. That little birdie on your lapel told me that you really do have style in spades, Sir! ;)

  • http://lachicmenagerie.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    I love his little bird

    http://lachicmenagerie.blogspot.com

  • http://www.abitoffashion.com melissa

    Love his style and the first pic is wonderful!

    http://www.abitoffashion.com

  • http://www.fashionlifecoach.com/ FashionLifeCoach

    Laid back business suit,casual worn.Love the little color pop on the tie.With or without socks..who cares.
    http://www.fashionlifecoach.com/

  • http://www.citizette.com lizzy

    who is this fly man! I must know more!

    http://www.citizette.com

  • http://www.lovelywanderlust.com Emily and Abigail

    lusting these photos.. the one on the bench is so great!! plus the bird on the lapel is GREAT!!

    http://www.lovelywanderlust.com

  • http://fashionnews.pipeno.com/ Anastasia

    He’s stunning… the bird is unique!

    Anastasia

    http://fashionnews.pipeno.com/

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