The author who perfectly captured the economic excess and racial tension of 1980s NYC with his first novel The Bonfire of the Vanities is just as well-known for his dapper white suits that reflect his southern upbringing. Tom Wolfe originally bought a white suit in 1962 thinking he'd rock it in the summer as is the southern gentleman's tradition. But the winter weight of the suit made him reconsider, and when he wore it in the winter of that year it caused such a stir that Wolfe adopted it as his new signature style.
Tom Wolfe ran in the upper echelons of the literary world, which is definitely one of the sharpest dressed cliques out there. And as a highly-visible writer who has publicly beefed with other writers like John Updike, Gore Vidal, and Norman Mailer, Wolfe continues to stand out from the pack with his classy and unique style.