Ubaydullah Evans

"If it were not for clothing, we would treat all people the same. When I walk out of the gym wearing a hoodie, people look at me differently than when I wear a suit and tie.

Whether we are conscious of it or not, our clothes communicate something important about us and our appreciation for our company. It’s all about honoring the other. If I’m going to a baseball game, I’ll dress for a baseball game; if I’m going to give a speech at Yale, I’ll dress to speak at Yale. So much of life is serious…clothes are a place to inject whimsy."

Ubaydullah Evans is the Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Director of the American Learning Institute for Muslims. He lives on the University of Chicago’s campus with his wife and two kids.


Oxblood loafers, peak lapels, tie clip, two-inch pant cuffs, red braces, folded pocket square—each is a detail that demonstrates this man’s class. Wearing beautiful loafers without socks, he hints at the playful part of his personality. And the suit fits in all the right places. Shirt cuff shows and the jacket sits well on his shoulders. The trousers, which hang perfectly because of the braces, don’t have belt loops. It's the little things.