The more I learn, the more I want to forget...
The idea has taken shape over the last few months with thoughts of all the excess, trends, fads, whatever you want to call it. It's not that I don't love learning anymore, discovering new brands and the story of their evolution, it's more of the fact that I'm tiring of the idea of men looking at style as the acquisition of a singular item, brand, and or even a "look".
I think it's awesome that guys are starting to care more and more about how they look, the clothes they buy, and the style they want to achieve. For me however, I'm really starting to adopt an idea and think of my style in more of the terms of a presence, maybe even a sort of uniform, and actually adopting a more stringent regimen.
Case Study: Think of the past icons, and trust me I know its overused, but look at McQueen, Brando, Newman... most of the time you saw them in casual staples, denim, tees, crewneck sweatshirts, boots, etc. Yes they wore suits, but they were also famous and that was part of the gig. Then look at when they were photographed anywhere but the red carpet, it was always in staples. Those standout garments/pieces, or "grail status" shit that everyone now seems to be trying to attain, (Persols, that badass trench coat, those Rolex's) those things were always used and worn sparingly and appropriately.
This sort of thinking has made me wonder what a regimen might entail for myself:
- Denim - a nice pair of dry straight cut 5 pocket denim, wear until destroyed, buy another
- Shirting - blue/white OCBD's, slim fit shirts that are long enough to tuck and I'm ready to roll
- Socks - if needed,
- Belt - I basically only wear the same natural leather one so I'm set
- Watch - buy a great automatic, put on and forget
- Navy Blazer - probably would have a few styles and patterns, but sticking to navy would be easy and always appropriate, might live life on the edge and mix in a charcoal every once in awhile
Here's what I think I would switch up daily:
Like I said, I've been thinking about it, I haven't adopted it, and don't know if I will... but I'm thinking about it.
With my own style I've always had a simple goal...
"I never really want to be noticed when walking into a room, but always remembered after I've left."
I think dressing in a way that's not always brand, label, or trend driven, but more focused on fit, matching your personality, and ultimately helping you feel truly comfortable in your clothing is the path to real style. I just hope more men can figure that part out.