I’ve noticed that lately I’ve been subconsciously pushing myself into unfamiliar territory style-wise. I think it’s fun because it forces me to learn new things about different types of pieces. Also, as with anything in life, the more you do things that are unfamiliar, the more familiar they become (knowledge is power!!). This is how you expand your own personal style. Don’t feel like you have to metaphorically jump off a cliff into a new territory, but be willing to step closer and closer to that edge of unfamiliarity (I hope that makes sense, it’s brilliant in my own head, haha).
My outlook on suiting sucks. I don’t work a job that requires a suit or a tie, which is heavily on purpose. I’ve never been comfortable in formal clothes. Sure it’s fun to go to a wedding or a black tie party once or twice a year, but that’s always been enough for me when it comes to suiting. Tailoring is arguably the oldest and classiest form of men’s fashion. It’s a realm that’s existed for hundreds of years in all sorts of different arenas, yet we’ve entered a time when getting this dressed up is simply not necessary. I’m here to convince myself and hopefully you that just because something isn’t completely necessary doesn’t mean we should refrain from doing it!
Although I rarely wear a suit or even a blazer, when one fits me just right it’s a damned good feeling. Taking the time to find the right fit can change your mind on something that would’ve otherwise always been off-limits. Whether it’s your first time investing in a nice suit or your first pair of slim fit jeans, take your time to find what works best for you rather than buying impulsively. Go to your local Nordstrom, Macy’s, whatever and start asking questions. The employees at these stores love to teach people about fashion, so don’t be shy that you may not be as informed as you feel you should.
This double breasted beauty of a blazer is from Combatant Gentlemen, a newer player in the suiting game that is changing things for the better. More to come on them soon. I paired it with this simple gray striped shirt and a teal tie from Bar3. The tie matches the plaid of the jacket so I’m looking good enough for date night or casual Friday at work. I wasn’t ready to “jump off the cliff” so I kept myself comfortable and familiar on the bottom with slim fitting Levi’s jeans and chelsea style boots from BedStu.
It’s a versatile, classic look with a modern twist that is so doable. I’m sure you already have almost all of these pieces. Think about combining them together. Bust it out randomly on your next date and I assure you that your date will be impressed (unless you’re going hiking or something, then you’re going to look stupid).
What are some things that you’re a little unfamiliar with??
Stay smiling, my friends!