Eventually, many of us reach a point in our lives where we realize that staying on top of fashion trends is an exhaustive, self-perpetuating chore. We want to spot the best and brightest trends before anyone else, but we can’t spend hours a day following new runway collections or collecting dozens of RSS feeds from fashion blogs in our Google Reader. We want to know how to masterfully express ourselves through the slightest of accessories, but not put more than five minutes of thought into our outfit each morning. We want to be respected for our individual style in an otherwise uniform workplace, but not so unique as to risk ostracism.
It is, without a doubt, a difficult compromise. And it shouldn’t be rewarded only to those creative types with an innate ability for style – you know, the people that always just seem to look good, whether they’re fly-fishing in the Rockies or crashing a young Latina girl’s Quinceañera at a Miami steakhouse on New Year’s Eve (true story). To us, it requires a combination of three simple things:
1) an understanding of basic fashion rules (yes, the basics: black belt + brown shoes = tongue lashing from the girlfriend, OR pinstripe suit + plaid shirt + gingham tie = bar mitzvah hypnotist)
2) recognizing simple trends over the course of the year (skinny ties popular in 2008, but probably on downward slope now)
3) understanding how to express one’s self through their clothing (you’re a gym rat and need custom fitted shirts for your slim waist and tree stump neck; you probably shouldn’t wear white the day after you fell asleep for 5 hours at the beach sweating SPF 4).
The goal here is to help on all three of these accounts. There are, admittedly, many blogs in existence today that do some serious informed teaching and rock-uncovering of each of these, and kudos to them. We’ll probably even link to them. A lot. But we want this to be a more casual forum for those in the workplace today, seeking a splash of style to their otherwise busy corporate lives. Emphasis is on clothing, but everything is fair game – nightlife, restaurants, music, everything.
We buy clothes for work, and then often use them for play. Why not reverse that? Let’s push the boundaries a bit, eh?