Fashion and architecture tend to go hand in hand in my opinion. The more I think about fashion and style, the more I come to recognise how we are all constantly drawing inspiration from the architecture of the built world that surrounds us, such as finding new ways to pair old wardrobe favourites like a white t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.
Perhaps one of the most iconic fashion combinations of all time, it has almost become an algorithm of how to dress yourself that is recognised in a way that transcends culture. Blue jeans + white t-shirt + (accessories / season) = dressed. It really is that simple, that mathematical. I have just about made this the formula for what I put on my back on a daily basis, and yet some how it still takes me over an hour to get ready most mornings. Usually including an embarrassing amount of time staring forlornly at my wardrobe wondering what i should wear.
It is that mathematics here that reminds me most of the discipline of architecture, where it is used to create harmony from the different elements of style. There is form, texture, balance, contrast, proportion and space; all of which need to be brought together in order to create unison to realise a vision.
Yesterday’s casual Friday outfit was all about what wasn’t included. I went with pared-back basics and only a hint of additional styling, namely a patterned blazer and pocket square, and a pair of suede boots. Nothing new or ground-breaking, but soothingly familiar. There is a comfort in these old-favourites that resonates from their very humble beginnings of the uniform of the working class, to their popularisation by the film and fashion industries, through every sub-culture and genre the western world has know (and not a few others), to where we stand today. Discussing my clothes, and the mathematics and architecture of style.
Blue jeans and a white t-shirt are fashion DNA that I think we all share. It is the way that we dress them up or down through which we take ownership of our shared fashion heritage.