Many staples of the modern outfit are shared by men and women. T-shirts, button-downs, trousers and sweaters can be found in similar styles in all of our closets. What makes these specific items universally appealing?
Designer Anthony Thomas Melillo knows: cut and comfort. The founder of ATM, a line of luxury basics like French terry sweatshirts, cashmere sweaters, knit jackets and jersey T-shirts for men and women, has built his design house around these wardrobe workhorses. We spoke with him about making style essentials, dressing elegantly and working at Esquire.
What three items are the linchpins of an elegant woman’s wardrobe? Of a man’s?
Any elegant person needs, before anything else, to have clothing that fits beautifully. We pride ourselves on that. If the clothes are wearing you, it’s not pretty.
An elegant wardrobe has a great trouser, a perfect cashmere sweater that goes everywhere with you and the best tees, of course!