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Thoughts on Uniform Dressing

Posted on June 25th 2014 by

Something interesting I’ve noticed recently is that the way in which I get dressed, and more specifically the variables that force its evolution, have become increasingly less interesting. The wardrobe top rotation items remain the same one year later, and are most unlikely to change. Where I used to sartorially compensate for summer heat and my reluctance to layer like it’s January, I now find myself slipping into a far-easier-on-the-eye, more comfortable uniform that speaks to this curios sense of urgency to delayer.

I’m dressing in a more streamlined manner that all too often includes the below photographed white t-shirt and boyfriend denim and or denim cut offs – but only ever when paired with a selection of minimal trainers and Birkenstocks that I won’t even begin to describe how passionately I thought I hated ever since high-school. Or even better – the entire combination paired with the highly chic silk blazer from The Row.   
So what’s happening? Am I just growing up? Probably not. Grown-ups don’t take meetings in boyfriend jeans or denim cut-offs and don’t wear the same white t-shirt twenty-five days in row sans wash, but who’s counting? We should be able to agree that the recent NORMCORE-ish runway seasons and the entire debate on street style must be having an impact on the way in which we choose to consume and more importantly participate in fashion. I’d essentially admit to a style defeat and perhaps even the identity crises that arises in my outlining the questionable boyfriend jeans, t-shirts, and Birkenstocks of my new closet. I’ve recently reminded myself that not long ago the t-shirt, boyfriend jeans, and mannish blazer are me. Just a few years ago I can remember the time that I saved up nearly $350 to buy my first pair of Acne boyfriend jeans, before then I went through a phase of over-consuming vintage Levi’s 501 denim and wearing them a few sizes bigger for the boyfriend look. After viewing the CR Fashion Book ‘Guide to Layering Denim‘ I realized that revisiting my sartorial casual mannish dressing wasn’t such a bad thing and I wasn’t being defeated by style after all. 
In the end, I’m not becoming less interesting nor are you simply growing up either if you can relate. Finally, we’re developing what our own personal sense of style truly is, that will probably stick with us all for the rest of our lives – until another fad comes along that doesn’t define our style choices but that we’d simply become obsessed with for a short period of time.

The Row silk blazer, Alexander Wang T-shirt, Vintage Levi’s 501 boyfriend jeans, Birkenstock ‘Arizona’ slides here and here, Alexander Wang ‘Racketeer’ Satchel 

What are your thoughts on uniform dressing? Tell me everything leave nothing out.

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