After moving out to the San Francisco Bay Area last week, my daily commute now consists of maybe getting up off of my bed and into the living room. As you can imagine, this doesn’t necessitate clothing remotely approaching the most casual work attire.
Combine this with the area’s tech-startup culture and you instantly find yourself in a completely different mindset from when you have to get up, get dressed, get on a train and get to an office building each morning for work in the hustle-bustle of Chicago’s Loop.
I’ve continued to wear my uniform, however, I’ve shed parts of it. I don’t put on a sport coat or blazer, nor do I knot a tie around my neck. What you see above is what I wear each day: jeans, a blue OCBD, military web belt and socks (if my toes are cold).
Often, we leave the apartment for lunch and I’ll quickly throw on a pair of desert boots and a navy washed cotton sport coat with a silk pocket square. It’s still casual and gives me the ability to carry my loose items like my wallet, pocket calendar and phones with me around downtown Mountain View.
It’s not something that would ever get you noticed by a street-style photographer in New York during fashion week, but it’s still stylishly practical for the environment I work and live in daily.
I know many will probably find this extremely boring. It’s not challenging. The pocket square is barely trying to interject a color into a very monochrome palette. Wouldn’t a necktie elevate this look? Why not add a more formal element or two? Anyone could do this!
And, yes, anyone could do this. That’s my point. Creating a stylish look is really simple. You don’t need a complicated wardrobe or to really do anything super “advanced” with color, patterns and fabrics. You don’t need to wear a full suit — or even a necktie — to have a cohesive, put-together look. And dressing nicely doesn’t even have to be a daily practice that interferes with your daily life and morning routine.
If you’re living frugally on the Ramen Noodle Budget, don’t think you need to wear a new outfit everyday of the month. No one will ever expect you to never wear the same thing twice. Odds are, if they do notice that you wore the same thing twice, then you’re probably dressing a bit too outrageously to the point where people are remembering your clothing instead of you as the person.
So, realize what you need each day and dress yourself accordingly for your situation. It might turn out that you don’t need much.
Fit details after the jump:
- Jacket: L.B.M. 1911 (via Haberdash)
- Shirt: Brooks Brothers ESF OCBD
- Belt: Military surplus web belt
- Pants: Levi’s 501
- Socks: L.L.Bean
- Shoes: Clarks desert boot in sand suede
- Square: Thrifted silk geometric in gold and blues
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- evolvingstyle said: I also work from home. The one thing I’d recommend is something to distinguish work time from non-work time. I put on a jacket and tie to remind myself that it’s not time to dick around online. Taking it off is a reminder to leave the work alone.
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- acuteobtuse said: That LBM is ILL.
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- copperblues said: Hope the Bay is treating you well, I grew up there and call it my home in the summers when I’m not in Texas for college
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- prodigal-punk said: I have come to the same conclusion. I’m a college student, but I’m 31. I was wearing a jacket and tie every day and it dawned on me that it was unnecessary. I’m glad I went through the steps, but now I have this same “uniform”.
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- suitsandboots said: I’m working from home today and I still haven’t showered and am wearing a sweatsuit. #grimyliving
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- gaws said: you need some art on your walls bro
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