The Head of the Charles Regatta is an iconic event. The competition arrives the penultimate weekend of October every year, usually on sunny autumn day. As the largest two-day rowing event in the world, nearly ten thousand athletes and countless supporters from around the world descend upon the wind-swept banks of the Charles River to witness the competition.
While focus of the event is primarily on the athletics, it also offers some great people watching. Many treat it as the pinnacle of the fall season, breaking out their best layers, textures and light jackets in the effort to impress the hordes of spectators.
I’m a firm believer that this time of year is the best for men’s fashion. In the winter, at least here in Boston, you’re so worried about bundling up that you lose focus of your sartorial aspirations. The summer is the same; you strip down to shorts and a t-shirt, which doesn’t leave too much room for expression.
Autumn lets you layer up blazers, cardigans, sweaters and the like to put together your wardrobe’s dream team.
Matt’s doing a few things I really like in this shoot.
Firstly, he works the colors well. He’s not trying to blow anyone away with blasts of color but the ones he chose were rusted browns and olive greens that appropriately reflected the changing leaves of fall. They complement each other well while still being distinct enough that they don’t blend together.
Secondly, he isn’t afraid to do add a formal skew to his outfit. The Wall Street Journal this week wrote an interesting story on the simultaneous death and revival of the tie, and Matt totally nails the look. The Head of the Charles has its roots steeped in collegiate prep, so his outfit is a nice nod in that direction.
Finally, he took what is a fairly inexpensive watch and dressed it up with a classic alligator leather band, helping it bat far above its pay grade. I’m a big believer that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on watches and Matt proved that effectively here.
Walking around the bustling streets of Cambridge as the sun sets over the Head of the Charles is enough to fill you with pride for Boston. This city has an amazing history, and its events like this that really bring it out. While it has got a ways to go sartorially, events like this help give it a nudge in the right direction.