Well, not really...
Read the Trad subforum at Ask Andy About Clothes for a week or so and you'll discover that the most public devotees of the style cannot agree on what it is.
The curious can read the occasional discussions on the other message boards devoted to men's clothing - Style Forum and Film Noir Buff - and become even more confused.
"Trad" - a clumsy term, short for "traditional" (whose tradition?) - is best defined, I think, by what it isn't:
- Darted jackets
- Any shirt collar other than buttondown, with occasional exceptions for forward point or club collars
- Pleated trousers
- Anything that looks like it was designed by someone with a last name ending with "-ini."
- Anything that appears to have been designed at all
- Anything that fits too well
- Anything flashy
Now immediately we can start to pick at this list. If we are going to make exceptions for some collars, why not all?
Is a guy wearing flat-front trousers, a white buttondown-collared shirt, a repp tie and a darted two-button blazer going to be zapped by a thunderbolt hurled by Chipp, the Trad god of Compliance?
Is a man in lime-green pants with embroidered, spouting whales on them really going to try to maintain he is a master of quiet understatement?
And my beloved chinos, baggy to the nth degree, can hardly be called elegant. One pair is so voluminous it's hard to think of them as pants - more of a mobile cotton force field.
So what is it then, this Trad? The British Ivy look, as ceaselessly promoted by FNB's Russell Street?
The look in the photos of "American Trad Men" in this thread on AAAC?
The efforts of the actual forumites, in this thread?
Or something entirely different?
More to the point -
Wear what you like and have fun.
So much for the manifesto.