Of Comfortable Boldness

Cardigans are one of those things that I cannot wear without immediately looking a) ten years older and b) thirty pounds heavier. It’s a dark magic and I cannot break the curse, but I do at least appreciate its consistency so I know to steer clear.

The man makes it work

If you’re going to try to pull this off, make sure the button-down shirt is fitted to the same length as the cardigan. Otherwise it will look slovenly instead of intentionally and carefully careless.

This relates back to style tips as follows: What works for some does not work for all; further, it is important to know what works for you. One of the points I will touch on a lot on this site is this: Style is about knowing yourself–what works for you, what fits well, and what makes you feel simultaneously bold but comfortable. Style is about articulating who you are and pushing the envelope enough to emphasize parts of your personality. That articulation requires the confidence to try new things, but also the confidence to buck trends. It’s a fine line and, as much as I like how it fits the guy in the picture above, it’s why I won’t be wearing any cardigans.


Loud Whispers

September’s warmth in DC belies the onset of autumn, but it helps us ache in anticipation for leaves changing colors, cool autumn breezes, and layers. Autumn is my favorite season for many reasons, but from a sartorial perspective, I like it because of the layers and how it maximizes my ability to play with color, textures, and styles. The seasons are slowly changing here and autumn’s possibilities and opportunities are so close.

I came across one of my favorite quotes years ago while reading the Sartorialist. It goes like this: Elegance is something that must be whispered and not shouted.

That is the balance I am looking for in my own personal style. On a not-unlimited budget and working in a corporate environment, how do I set myself as distinctive but also comfortable? How do I show off bits of my personality in my work-wear to my clients and coworkers, but not distract from the work side of things? The same thing applies when out of the office: Fashion is not everything for me, but it presents a great opportunity to show splashes of one’s personality and to whisper–sometimes more loudly than others–about one’s elegance and style.

Work Wear

That is what I want to examine here on 12minds. A balance between affordability, distinctiveness, and the occasional splurge. I want to figure out what fits, what works, and why it works.