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False Advertising – A Story About Sweatpants

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Trying to find the balance between athleisure and the office, I wore: goldtone and brown aviator sunglasses – 7x, ASOS // royal blue merino wool v-neck – Uniqlo // blue and white striped cotton button-down shirt – Drizabone, thrifted // navy cotton elasticated slacks with windowpane check – Uniqlo // camouflage case – BackNumber, Japan // bright blue Juvenate runners – Nike //

 

Over the past couple of years we have had more and more sportswear crammed down our throats as viable everyday wardrobe options. First it was normcore, then it was sports luxe, and then athleisure. People like Kanye West with his Yeezy line (who copied Pharrell with his clothing line, whatever that was called), and now Australian designer Pip Edwards; are making a killing selling us insanely expensive sweat pants and logo t-shirts that in any other context we would shun for being too basic, too sporty, and not chic enough.

I’m not saying that this is a bad thing at all, because I am very much the kind of guy who would live in sweatpants and a blazer if he could. I am concerned, however, because I am very aware that me in active wear is a case of false advertising. It is sort of like seeing a tray of bloody, delicious steaks in in the butchers with a huge “100% VEGAN!” sign in front of them. You know that they’re not vegan at all, and you know that I am not athletic or sporty at all, and so you’re confused. Hell, I’m confused, and I’m the one who loves (and keeps buying) active wear. (more…)

Work – The Final Fashion Frontier

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Travelling for work today, i dressed a lot more conservatively than I ordinarily like to. I wore: navy single-button blazer – ASOS // silk Georgette ‘Melbourne Now’ scarf – MaterialByproduct // white cotton t-shirt – ASOS // navy webbing belt – Sportscraft // Moto 3D embroidered jeans – G-Star raw // blue on white Juvenate runners – Nike //

 

I try not to talk about it too much here, but my 9-5 job that I go to every day and that pays my bills is working for the Australian Government.  (more…)

Scarf Blues That Were Misplaced

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For a bit of drama I wore the scarf in today’s daily outfit: navy blue pinstriped suit – Rembrandt Sartorial, thrifted | patterned cotton scarf with tassels – gift| navy cotton button-down Shirt – Euromerican Tailors | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | light denim distressed bootcut jeans – WeThePeople | tobacco brown suede Chelsea Boots – The Ball & Chain |

 

Some people have jewellery, some people have hats. Some people sink their money into handbags, or their hair, or watch. For me though, the ultimate accessory is a good scarf.

When I turned 30 late last year I received some beautiful presents from my friends, ad in amongst them all was this light cotton scarf. The second I laid eyes on it I hated it. It was a gift from a darling friend whose taste I admire endlessly, and so I was sort of confused as to how this gift had gone so wrong to have me so instantly turned off by an accessory.

The thing is, the scarf is actually brilliant and I was not thinking straight. In my defence, I had had a bottle of champagne by that point. (more…)

Job Interview Dressing: A Paradox

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For today’s interview I wore: solid blue cotton suit – Oxford | purple and white striped cotton pocket square – M.J. Bale | pale blue cotton Oxford Shirt – Marcs | cream and white diagonally striped silk necktie – Oxford | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | tobacco brown leather Brogues – Trenery |

 

I had an job interview for a new position in my existing 9-5 today.

It has really been a while since I have had a formal interview process. I was a little surprised at how nervous I found myself, and to be honest I couldn’t even tell you how I performed at the job interview. But I feel fine about that certainty because I was wearing a nice new suit to the interview with a long-lost silk necktie and a shirt that I love.

However, I cannot say that I enjoy or even like wearing a suit, and the connotations of a suit as a garment that you wear to a job interview probably have a lot to do with that. And yet despite my distaste for the humble suit, I actually see the worth in wearing a suit to an interview. It’s partially for you, to put you at ease and make you feel like you’re correctly dressed for the occasion and ready to take the panel by storm. And it is partially for the panel and your potential employer.

You see the paradox of a job interview is that it is both your chance to demonstrate your individual worth, and a test to ensure that you can conform.

I may not like that my employer’s dress guidelines state that it is not appropriate for me to show up to work every day in sweat pants and a tank top under a blazer, I realise that the fact that my employer has a dress guidelines document indicates that they are trying to create a workplace culture among a group of vastly disparate people without the use of a demoralising uniform, and in order to do so they need to guide people into some semblance of uniformity.

So I may not like it at all, but I respect that it is necessary, and I wear a suit to a job interview.

 

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Tailored to your needs

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Wearing: slate blue union cloth blazer – Braddon Tailors | purple and white striped cotton pocket square – M.J. Bale | navy blue cotton button-down Shirt – Euromerican Tailors, Hong Kong | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | navy slim trousers – M.J. Bale | whiskey brown leather loafers with tassel – ASOS |

 

My first experience with having something tailored did not exactly go to plan. I purchased two blazers from a travelling Tailor, who measured me and advised me on fabric choices, linings, and how the blazers should fit on my frame. I left my appointment $1,500 poorer, but feeling very satisfied that my tailored blazers would arrive perfectly fitted to my form. And I truly thought that they did. I fell in love with the blazers the second that I unwrapped them, and marvelled that they had my names stitched inside the pockets, that there were pocket squares made out of the same fabric as the lining, that there was contrast stitching around the last button hole! I was so impressed that I went on to order four shirts the next time that he was in town!

However, as time moved on, I came to think of my beautifully tailored blazers and shirts as a burden. (more…)

Something Old, Something New

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First Day of new job outfit, I’m Wearing: navy single-button blazer – ASOS | blue cotton plaid button-down Isherwood shirt – Acne Studios, ebay | grey cotten pocket square – Mizu | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | navy cotton trousers – M.J. Bale | navy cotton socks with white polka dots – Happy Socks | whiskey brown leather brogues – Trenery |

 

I started a new job in a different area today, and naturally I wanted to make a good impression with my new team. I’m sometimes at a loss for how to dress for certain occasions, but when it comes to the first day in a new job, I always repeat to myself “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Yes, this is more widely known as a piece of superstition handed down for women on their wedding day, but in my humble opinion the “Something Old…” rhyme has a very important place in steering you towards success in dressing for your first day! (more…)

Dressing the part: a work story

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NOTE: I did actually wear this to work, but it never made it to the Blog, so using this as a stand-in for today’s story time.

 

The other day my colleague and friend Chris mentioned that someone in the office had asked him “Has Grant been cautioned about how he dresses?” Naturally I was a bit stunned by this, because while I am never the picture of perfect corporate attire I am never grubby or what I would consider poorly dressed.

It turns out that the person in question had noticed that I have started dressing more corporately aligned, and wondered if this was because I had been told to? My friend thought that this was rather hilarious, and made the comment that I had probably just run out of clean clothes (thanks Chris, really).

What this has shown me (ridiculously, after seven years in the Public Service) is that as dry as the accepting and encouraging of diversity as it is; people are still paying attention to what I wear on a daily basis. It really is a strange realisation to have, because 90% of the time I am fairly confident in saying that I am dressing whole heartedly for myself. This however in turn begs the question: should I be? (more…)