Back to the Grind
Nothing extraordinary. Just my (almost) daily wearing of suits you probably couldn’t get away with in an office setting.
At 36, I've been (mostly) dressing like an adult for over three years.
As followers of this Tumblr know, I like wearing a suit, but I don’t have to. I work mostly from home, so I could stay in pyjama pants and an old t-shirt all day, if I wanted to. Most days, however, I still put on a suit. It’s a good reminder that I’m working, not just wasting time at home. I do occasionally leave the house and I like the respect a suit generally commands. I also like trying to be creative within the boundaries of wearing a suit.
That said, I consider myself lucky that I do not have to wear a suit. I can opt out any time I want. This morning, I put on a suit and I just wasn’t feeling it. It wasn’t necessarily uncomfortable, it just wasn’t right. It’s a feeling I’m sure is quite familiar, even among menswear aficionados. Unfortunately for most suit wearing men, there is no option to ditch the suit if it isn’t feeling right. Most men cannot decide, as I decided, that they’ll work in jeans and a henley.
And, that’s why I’m lucky.
I’m inherently more of a casual guy. I’m more comfortable circling around this part of the formality spectrum. I still like jackets and ties and pocket squares. I even like wearing suits. But, I need them to still express me. I’m not a businessman and have zero desire to be one. So, I’d rather not emulate business attire. That said, #menswear evolved in close conjunction with the evolution of modern business, so to be informed by classic meanswear will necessarily invoke a ‘business’ look. It’s a matter of making it your own.
I find myself wearing this chino jacket from LEC more and more often. Partially, it’s because I don’t worry about beating it up a bit. It wasn’t expensive. It fits well - if toward the snug side of things. It’s quite neutral, so easy to accessorize. Yet, in 90% of the places I go, simply because I’m wearing a jacket, I’m more ‘formally’ dressed than 95% of the guys in there.
I’m wearing a green grenadine tie with a pink pocket square based on some explicit consultation with a colour wheel. Green and pink are opposites on the wheel.
The toque is a cashmere-cotton blend from Rugby. It’s perfect for Toronto weather. The shirt is the extra slim fit OCBD from Brooks Brothers. The jeans are PRL selvedge that I picked up on sale at Mr. Porter. The shoes are Allen Edmond moc toe chukkas (I can’t remember the actual name).