Tuesday night, I and a few folks watched Game 7 of the NHL playoffs (shoutout to SeatGeek, sorry Toronto) now I’m going to sound old here, but what happened to how we dress in public?. You go into shops these days and it’s not uncommon to see people in pajama bottoms at the local Target, or loose casual clothing at the office.
When the television show Made Men came out, there was a lot of conversation about the well-suited men and the impeccably dressed women on the show. Articles in GQ, Esquire and the style section of the paper started to appear about how perhaps things may turn a corner, and a renaissance of how people dress, mid-century modern furniture took off. I was hoping for a bar cart in offices again.
I know, times have changed. The world is moving faster now. I probably sound like an aging romanticist, longing for a simpler time when people dressed nice, maintained impeccable homes, and talked more to one another.
The thing is, I don’t think people are happier now. I think they’re distracted by the noise and rapid pace of life. They don’t think they have time to dress better or live more artfully. However, if they did, I think they’d feel differently about themselves.
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
We often seek the path of least resistance in work and our personal lives. Getting there is more important than how we get there.
It’s amazing how some thoughtful beauty and elegance in your home can lift your spirit. For example, my wife is in finance by profession and a gardener by passion.
The flowers, Talavera pottery, statues and outdoor glass art my wife has placed in and around our home, increase the elegance and beauty.
I encourage you to embrace beauty and elegance in your own life. Declutter your living space. Get some fresh flowers. Keep things clean, tidy and thoughtfully designed.
When you go to the gym, you dress accordingly, you go hiking, you dress according to the situation, formal occasions you put on a suit. Our culture these days has become so casual. Clothing has become increasingly casual, relationships have become casual, work has become casual.
Skip the baggy, frumpy sweats when you go out. Put a little more thought into what you wear. You don’t have to break the bank, either. I’ve met thrifters who dress impeccably.