Herringbone Jackets and Mid Calf Socks – The Style of William Faulkner

Faulkner in his signature herringbone sport coat with his ever present pipe.

Faulkner in his signature herringbone sport coat with that ever present pipe.

I considered trying to write something halfway eloquent about the life and career of William Faulkner here, but after typing and deleting a slew of mediocre intros for the past half hour, I’ve decided it’s best to just tell you all to go read The Sound and The Fury. What I will say about the man though is that Faulkner’s appearance matched his writing – it was deliberate and personal. It was both typical for his era, and idiosyncratic through and through. Here’s a grab bag of shots of the man himself across the years, take a look, and then do yourself a favor: close the computer and just go read.

More of Faulkner's favorite herringbone jacket. Note the slightly rounded lapel.

More of Faulkner’s favorite herringbone jacket. Note the slightly rounded lapel.

Straight legged khakis with what appears to be a two inch cuff.

Straight legged khakis with what appears to be a two inch cuff.

A black knit and a three roll two

A black knit and a three roll two

Flecks and French cuffs

Flecks and French cuffs

A tweed Suit under a Chesterfield

A tweed Suit under a Chesterfield

Barrel cuffs and braces

Barrel cuffs and braces

Elbow patches, flap pockets, and a close three roll two on a standard striped country sport coat.

Elbow patches, flap pockets, and a close three roll two on a standard striped country sport coat.

Possibly the same jacket as above, with a few bullet holes for good measure.

Possibly the same jacket as above, with a few shotgun? holes for good measure.

A Panama and a cream jacket (linen I'd assume to match the Virginia climate)

A Panama and a cream jacket (linen I’d assume to match the Virginia climate)

Barrel cuffs and braces

Barrel cuffs and braces

Fully buttoned button up

Fully buttoned button up

A half zip over a polo

A half zip over a polo

Shorts, mid calves, and plimsolls in Hollywood

Shorts, mid calves, and plimsolls in Hollywood

Shorts, mid calves, and plimsolls in Hollywood take two

Shorts, mid calves, and plimsolls in Hollywood take two

Oh, just out for a ride in your standard weekend garb.

Oh, just out for a ride in your standard weekend garb.

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3 comments
  1. Nice blog! I love the tweed blazer in this post! Gotta start dressing my husband like that!
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  2. Thanks for sharing the style of WIlliam Faulkner with us. Please post more sartorial inspirations from famous American writers.

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