Andy Fry has a rock star look to go with the rock star falsetto he hits fronting the band The Academy. Poppy, soulful and smart, they produced perhaps the cleanest, tightest sounds ever heard at the Alley Cat when they performed last Saturday night.
Even with the over 1,000 music industry professionals roaming Broad Ripple during the Midwest Music Summit, Andy was dressed as himself and not to impress. But still, he was super duper chic. Andy has the tall, skinny (40 long?) build that allows him the good fortune to naturally wear clothes well and look good in nearly anything. Basically, he can carry off trendy guy looks that could look stupid on anybody else.
For this gig, Andy donned a woman’s maternity, heart-adorned kitten T-shirt tailored to a tight fit with duct tape. Very clever. However, it was his summer jacket, a perfect fit thrift shop find in a summer weight and just off-white color, that gave him a classy, funky final touch.
It was elegant because of the fit. The sleeves hit where they should, the body was long and slim and the slimmer collar is the high style of the day. If I didn’t know, I would have thought Michael Kors and not given it a second thought.
Similarly, one of the guys in Ambulance, Ltd. from NYC, who performed at the Patio Friday night, wore what could have been a Gucci jacket.
Everybody looks better when they don’t wear too many trends on their person all at once. One or two key items, especially a classic jacket for a guy this fall, is all that is needed to update the style quotient. Try a thrift shop for a great tweed number. Heck, rip the sleeves off and wear it over a textured sweater or layered T-shirts for another affordable, cool look.