Journal: How Do You Pair Your Clothing and Accessories to Your Car?

How Do You Pair Your Clothing and Accessories to Your Car?

By Yoav Gilad
March 13, 2014
20 comments

Petrolicious believes in driving tastefully, not only in our actions and words, but also in terms of how we dress. Stylish clothing and accessories are de rigueur. For instance, when driving a convertible a baseball cap will do, however I find a flat cap to be a more stylish option. Then, during winter, turtlenecks and high-collars replace scarves in open top cars (this should especially be true for women who favor long, billowy wraps). If driving a warm, enclosed coupe a nice wool scarf is perfect though, remove it as soon as you’re inside! 

My choice of watch will also change according to the car I’m in. When I’m driving something big with presence, I may just wear my slim, vintage Vacheron. Of course some cars naturally belong with some timepieces. For instance, an early 1970s Porsche almost demands a Tag Heuer Monaco.

Some may think it peculiar, but I admire watches and their complex movements as much as I am intrigued by automotive drivetrains. Maybe they both speak to motion; I don’t really know what, if any, connection exists. Regardless, I make conscious decisions about my appearance as I’m sure many of you do too.

So I’m curious, how do you pair your clothing and accessories to your car? And do they change depending on what car you drive?

Photography by David Marvier and Josh Clason for Petrolicious

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Matt Duquette
Matt Duquette

depends on what I am getting into, if is my TR6 then I go as gentlemanly as possible, desert boots, skinny jeans, a button down, my black wayfarers and a fossil swiss automatic, if its my BRZ then its all about where ill end up. sometimes its just jeans and a t shirt and others its very planed out who knows

dan
dan

One of the best places I have found for my luxury watch purchases is at [url=”http://timepieceperfection.com/”]http://timepieceperfection.com/[/url] Everything I have been has been crisp and clean

Michael Fischer
Michael Fischer

I can usually be found in my MINI wearing MINI leather driving gloves, Ray Ban Cockpits, a plaid shirt, jeans, Irish flatcap and Piloti shoes. Autodromo Vallelunga Chronograph on my wrist, always.

RJN
RJN

I think that in clothes- as is often the case with cars- classic, understated, properly fitted pieces are the key to success. It’s easy to try too hard at being fashionable and come off as a little affected. My “standard” is an oxford shirt, straight-leg chinos, and either canvas sneakers (I favor Vans Authentics or Eras) or some brogues. It’s a combo that can be easily dressed up or down with the right details… not unlike my E30.

Joshua Payne
Joshua Payne

Unfortunately, my taste in classic cars and motorcycles is too expensive, and my desire to have more is too great, and so I have insufficient income remaining to spend on vintage watches or other fashionable clothing, even though I would very much like to have them! One day…

Darshan Reddy
Darshan Reddy

The Cartier Roadster (http://www.jomashop.com/cartier-roadster-watch-w6206018.html) is a perfect match with the top down on my 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, usually paired with a Polo shirt, Tod’s and Tom Ford aviator shades….

Antony Ingram
Antony Ingram
I’m afraid I’m a bit of a fish out of water with stylish clothing. Not that I find it impossible, more that I’ve not got a keen eye for fine threads and too little time to change that situation. As it is, the extent of my automotive fashion is usually jeans, a vaguely nice t-shirt and a set of thin-soled shoes so I can feel the pedals. And a pair of sunglasses on suitable days, though I’m a glasses-wearer anyway so they’re necessity as much as anything else. Perhaps a Petrolicious article on appropriate styles for various cars – even… Read more »
Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

No affiliation but tomorrow I’m probably going to pop up to the vintage car boot sale in London. Possibly the perfect place to find that vintage driving outfit http://www.vintagefestival.co.uk/events/classic-car-boot-sale-15th-16th-march-2014

Bradley Price
I recommend to any classic owner to try wearing a suit or sport jacket in their car sometime. Last summer, I had to drive my Dino to a formal event and I have to say the feeling of driving that car in a dress shirt and blazer on a perfect summer evening made me feel incredible. I know it is easy to drive in a comfy t-shirt and shorts (i do it too) but once in a while a sense of occasion is a great thing that can transform the driving experience in new ways. Of course I get a… Read more »
Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

I don’t particularly dress to suit the car I’m driving, but I might if I’m taking it to an event of some kind. I try to remember not to wear jeans with sticking out zips to studs in the Daytoona though as they can scratch the leather. As to a watch it’s the same Rolex Explorer II that I’ve been wearing almost everyday for the last twenty years.

Gary Groce
Gary Groce

I’m a car guy, Not a clothes guy. It’s usually the same thing ….blue jeans, deck shoes for easy shifting and tee shirts. I do like to wear my vintage Tudor chronograph when I drive my 73′ 2002Tii or 75′ TR6…jut like this one.http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/amazing-clean-highly-collectable-1961-rolex-tudor-monte-carlo-home-plate-pre-owned-watch-627525.html

Erik Tomlinson
Erik Tomlinson

The typical clothing for my daily driver (a 2012 Subaru STi) is unfortunately horrible – flat-brim cap, goofy sunglasses, energy drink sponsored logo shirts and so on, so I choose to forgo the correct “look”. I wear a hat like the one in the first picture and just look like a weirdo, and that’s ok with me! 😀

Mark McNeely
Mark McNeely

Having recently owned a WRX TR, I completely agree with the usual look of those who drive these cars. It can be a cringe-worthy experience meeting other WRX/STi drivers.

Tyler
Tyler

Indeed, which is why I drive an STi swapped RS. Is it really that much better for attire? No, but at least most skinny jean, beanie/flat bill bros dismiss it because it doesn’t have a WRX or STI badge on it. It helps when it is badgeless and stickerless. What? No hellaflush, jdm-tyte, daily driven, etc stickers? Your loss bro! (Seriously, I love Subarus but anyone with a daily driven sticker on a Subaru, maybe sans 360/360 bus, should be relieved of their duties.

pjrebordao
pjrebordao

Bingo !
10-11 years ago, my dear wife offered me a Monaco and a 911S !

Tobin Carlson
Tobin Carlson

I pair my clothing to my car in the sense that when it’s cold outside, I wear jeans and a hoodie, and when it’s warm outside, I wear shorts and a t-shirt. My car has no top.

Christopher Wilmot
Christopher Wilmot

I only wear tucked in button ups and ties in my 70’s roadster. And of course a pair of matching gloves to match the leather in the car. Black for the roadster, tan for the camel leather in the newer coupe. Of course time piece has to match the gloves and sunglasses to match as well!

Bertram Wooster
Bertram Wooster

Accessories go on the car, not the driver!;)

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

I feel something with a mechanical movement is a good fit for a vintage car. For the late 60’s early 70’s Porsche, maybe a Rolex GMT with rubber or nato strap though? I think the TAG, while McQueen cool, is a bit fussy, and the square shape is a bit polarizing. at least IMO.