In the final installment of this series, where I ask the question: What to wear?, I’ll reveal the last few days of my wardrobe choices for February and share what I’ve learned along the way.
What to Wear? (part 7)
February 22nd – 24th
Spring cleaning reared it’s head and I found myself in work pants and t-shirts trapped in the house for a few days.
Monday night at the college. I’m wearing a very planned out outfit here. With the dramatic temperature changes we’ve been going through, I wanted to be ready for anything. Not pictured: Scarf and Cap. Layering is such a good thing. It makes going from your warm cozy home to the freezing cold to an overheated campus manageable.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of sunshine, so the color on the green tweed sport coat is not nearly as handsome as it really is. Tweed, in my opinion, is one of the most wonderful fabrics a man can wear. It’s certainly the most interesting. I wore this particular outfit to a meeting with my Fraternity.
Another night at college. Let me add, another cold night at college. This particular Navy Cardigan is 100% Wool and Made in the U.S.A. Let me reiterate that it is hands down the warmest garment I own. Pair it with a scarf and a hat and that’s all I need unless it’s raining. This yellow tie is one of my favorites. It has a very subtle striping to it in the same color. It gives it texture and character. One of the advanced tips for dressing well is to use texture to your advantage. Texture, when used effectively, will mature your character and elevate your style.
Nothing particular to write about. I believe something came up and a Committee Meeting with my Fraternity was rescheduled so the family went out to dinner.
What I’ve learned this month:
I learned a lot this month. Taking pictures of what you’re going out in (or even staying home in) definitely makes you think a little more about what to wear. It’s one thing if five classmates are going to see how you dressed that day, but it’s an altogether different thing when it’s posted publicly to the internet and anyone with a connection can see you.
Ok, here we go, here’s a top ten list of what I learned about how I dressed in the month of February, in no particular order:
- Khaki Chinos are invaluable, own a couple pairs.
- Pair interesting (color or pattern) neckties with otherwise uninteresting combinations.
- Tweed is the most subtle way to add color to your ensemble.
- Cords (corduroy pants) are almost as invaluable as Chinos, own a couple pairs in different colors.
- Cool weather requires an extensive amount of sweaters, sweater vests, and cardigans.
- If the weather is cold, and you don’t own a winter-weight suit, then get yourself an overcoat.
- If you own a Navy Suit or Blazer or a Gray Suit or Sport Coat (any shade of gray), then you should own a Pink Tie.
- The lines between Business Casual and Informal Social are blurry, if they exist at all.
- It never hurts to dress a notch or two above what’s expected.
- Shoes can be as important as the shirt you’re wearing, so be mindful of both.
This article has brought this series to a close. I hope I managed to help you answer the all important question: “What to wear?”