For the past year of his life, 25-year-old Zach Pinsent from Hove in the United Kingdom has worn only a very specific type of outfit. The clothes that he wears are all historical pieces that are thoroughly researched and sewn together by Zach himself. Although Zach burned his jeans at the age of 14 to get started on a new path of fashion, it was not until he turned 17 did he become highly passionate about dandy style.
As a tailor from East Sussex in the UK, Zach knows what it takes to create the clothes he wants to wear. And since he has been donning the historical style for some time now, he has earned a large following of people on the internet. But not only as Zach gained himself a massive online following, but he also claims that he has “received may marriage proposals” from eager people looking to take his hand in marriage and start a family with him – all because he has an eccentric taste in fashion.
Pinsent has worn only Regency and historical clothing since he was a teenager, and it has gotten him a lot of attention. Zach doesn’t just wear the clothes to be different, he admits that they’re the only style of clothing that he feels comfortable in a while living in the 21st century.
Zach’s outfits are unique by modern-day standard, but they were common back in the time period they were from. His daily outfit usually consists of knee-high riding leather boots as well as some sort of floral waistcoat and a riding jack that has long tails in the back.
Because of his eccentric style of dress, Zach has amassed an online following of at least 40,000 fans, some of whom have proposed marriage to him.
Zach, who works as a tailor, understands that it is not socially acceptable for men to display their love of fashion. If they do, they’re often labeled politically incorrect names and are ostracized from the group.
“It’s hard for men. We can’t show exuberance, but I love what I do, and I’m only doing it for my own enjoyment.”
Zach became obsessed with the historical clothing when he discovered a box full of his great-grandfather’s old suits. The period clothing fit him well, and he tossed his modern-day jeans into a bonfire.
“At 14, I made the symbolic decision to burn my only pair of jeans in a bonfire. It was a real turning point.”
However, he still had to abide by the school’s dress code.
“On non-school uniform days, I would dress in three-piece suits, but when I got to the sixth form, I started to dress in historical clothing every single day. I was quite surprised that in the leaver’s book, I was voted as the best dressed. People weren’t necessarily saying that to my face, but it was clear that there was an undercurrent of respect.”
But even Zach can’t keep up with the rigor of the dandy style all the time.
“If I am going to slum, I will wear an 18th-century banyan, which is a fancy silk dressing gown.”
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