This outfit is an example of something I would classify as an ‘everyday outfit’. I would wear this to work, out for dinner, on the weekend shopping and then to bed. A pal of mine said in passing the other day that Vince (one of my favourite designers) was workwear, and sometimes a difficult sell because not everyone works in an office. In my head I’m thinking… workwear? Isn’t that coveralls, fireproof jackets, camo and -40 thermal underwear?! That is workwear if you ask me. When considering Vince I guess it would be considered as office workwear? Office workwear bleeds into my personal life like it’s its fulltime job.
I do work in an office and I do like to don, ahem, workwear. I do not consider myself very good at casual attire, which could be the whole chicken or the egg scenario. You will rarely catch me in jeans. I’m talking a few times a year. And even more rarely will they be actual blue jeans vs black or grey. I’m very much drawn to interesting shapes, structural fabric, surprise minimalist features, and bold colours. Jeans are none of those things. I do take some (read most) outfits over the top. That being said I think this look today captures the essence of my personal style perfectly, which is why I consider it an everyday outfit.
Suzanne 100% swears my style is 100% influenced by my chosen profession. My profession of wearing workwear in an office?! Ha! And she’s probably right, she always is. When I buy things I have to think, can I wear this to work? If no, I won’t get it (which is why you haven’t seen me in the boob shirt from Fieldstudy). If Suzanne buys pieces she has to think, is this only suitable for work? If so, she won’t buy it. Her job can get a bit messy. I’m talking literally, wound oozy messy. Due to the fact she buys clothing to mostly suit after work hours is why I think she’s so good at edgy-casual. Where I do business-edgy. And this is why this outfit would never be in her ‘everyday outfit’ category.
I will say one last thing about everyday outfits; please take them seriously. Take your personal style seriously. It is a representation and expression of yourself to the world. People judge you based on it, I’m judging you right now. I would hire you based on the tailoring, or lack thereof, of your pants. Get some help if you need it, no shame in that. (Hit us up if you need a push in the right direction).
I actually love the concept of this, your personal style everyday outfit. I can foresee some future collaborations coming up with everyday outfit challenges… so stay tuned!! Because I challenge Suzanne firstly… and ADAM next! That’s right…. I said it. Adam. He’s crawled out of the prison he’s been locked up in for the past few years and come to join civilization again.
Photos by Suzanne Stewart from NEAT