This is what I wore today, but it could just as well have been taken in the 1990s, 2000s, or 2010s. Fashion hasn’t really changed much in the post 80’s era. In my teens and 20’s, I wanted my clothes to stand out and say something special. That was probably the 1980’s era American optimism and my youthful naïveté still brewing at the time, which has since faded away, alongside the death of the American dream. Fast forward to today. I’ve developed a sober appreciation for dressing just like everyone else. That attitude though, has not taken the joy out of getting dressed for me. It’s a quieter joy than it used to be, but there’s joy nonetheless.
It was raining and muddy at the park today, where I took Freddy for his morning walk, so I decided to forego my usual oxfords and dusted off these crepe work boots for the occasion. I covered the boots in wax a while back to protect them from water damage. The wax dried and leaves a faint white dusty layer unevenly distributed in the crevices, which gives the boots the appearance of spending a lot of time on a construction site. This is workwear chic done unintentionally.
I went to the cleaners to pick up my tailored shirt on Friday but the tailor said the seam work was more difficult than expected and she needed more time to work on it, which was OK with me. She spent more than two hours tailoring this shirt and was not finished. I’m only paying her $35 for it. That’s barely a living wage in the U.S. It was another affirmation that I should be paying more for clothes.
How was your weekend? On Friday, we stayed out late. Then I spent Saturday getting some much needed R&R. And today, Sunday, I’m working on a presentation that I have to give at work. I have a number of presentations and research projects that I need to work on right now. I’m starting to resent all these extra projects that I became involved in, which I don’t get paid extra for, and which dip into my free time.
And lastly, here’s a documentary about the anti-fashion movement that started in the 1990’s, as a reaction to the over the top optimism of the 1980’s. I think you’ll find it interesting.
[outfit: *lauren manoogian ribbed tee, *levi’s 501ct jeans, APC armelle boot, everlane long puffer; *=pre-owned]