There was nothing flashy about the best dressed man I ever saw on a city street. Indeed, to describe his clothing today makes it sound almost drab, for he was wearing nothing more than dark brown oxfords, a charcoal suit, light blue shirt, dark brown necktie and a white linen pocket square. Of course, everything was impeccable and fit perfectly. To myself as a young man, he was mesmerizing.
The Japanese have concept called shibumi, which is a simple beauty without flashiness. It's a thought that translates well to men's clothing, for the best dress is also simple, and without flash. Our striped suited friend in the Esquire illustration makes that grade, in my opinion. He stands out without standing out, if that makes any sense.
There is a lesson here for those who are early in their learning about dress. They often attempt to stand out (I saw a young doctor wearing a red shirt with a gold necktie the other day), which simply makes them look unsophisticated. The best way to stand out is wear the kind of dress that the eye passes over, only to return in appreciation. And that is shibumi.