I’m taking a break this weekend from writing my regular content as everyone’s gearing up for Christmas (besides would you really have time to read it?). So I wanted to take this time to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and give you all a shout out and say a massive thank you for continuing to read my blog.
Does the way you view your body on a day to day basis determine what you wear? I’ve been thinking a lot recently about self perception and how it affects your style. I wanted to write a post that invited my readers to get involved and comment about how their own self perception dictated the clothes they wore or maybe it doesn’t? Kind of like the old reader’s questions posts I used to do.
I want something a bit different… is a phrase I often hear when working with clients and one that is the trickiest to address. The ambiguity of the words can often send me searching down rabbit holes and wish I had Mel Gibson’s powers from the movie ‘what women want’. But you’d be surprised at how often this scenario plays out. Not everyone finds it easy to express what they want. Often they don’t really know what they want and expect you to tell them… after all that’s why they hired you. So I decided to spend some time and really give it some thought and also ask you, my readers, what it means to you.
While I’m still on the soapbox from my last post, what is happening to smartness? Causal is invading and the thin tailored lines of smartness are retreating under the onslaught. The streets are looking a little scruffier around the edges every year. We’re on slippery slope away from ties and tailoring to Toms and t-shirts. I think people are afraid to dress to smart.
Let’s just go to the Gap.
“Cal, be better than the Gap. Be… better… than… the… Gap. Say it.”
“I’m better than the Gap.”
That exchange between Ryan Gosling as the stylish ladies man Jacob, and Steve Carell as the hapless Cal, in Crazy, Stupid, Love was probably a throwaway little line that the writers expected would get a few chuckles.
But it stuck with me.
Do you some times wish you could go back in time and tell your 18 year old self all the things you now know about style? I’ve been perusing Reddit recently and happened to get lost down a rabbit-hole of sartorial conundrums, concepts and collections. One of the more popular posts on there discussed the advice you’d give yourself if you could go back in time. For many, guys in particular, their late teens is really when they start to blossom in terms of finding themselves and as we all know personal style is one of the ultimate forms of self-expression. So I had a think and mentally transported myself back to 2002 and decided what I would have liked my 18 year old self to know.