Friday, February 20, 2009

Anatomy of the Dandy gives us this very nice list of the qualities that comprise the anatomy of the dandy, ranked in order of importance (Find them here):
1. Physical distinction
2. Elegance
3. Self-mastery
4. Aplomb
5. Independence
6. Wit
7. A skeptical, world-weary, sophisticated, bored or blasé demeanor
8. A self-mocking and ultimately endearing egotism
9. Dignity/Reserve
10. Discriminating taste
11. A renaissance man
12. Caprice

For in the end there is not a code of dandyism, as Barbey writes. “If there were, anybody could be a dandy.”

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