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29. March 2018

I Make Every Day a Special Occasion

by

Maximilian Mogg

I despair, dear reader! There is one question that those of us in the sartorial brotherhood are faced with every day.  Namely: “But when would I be able to wear THAT?” In and of itself, the question is not unjustified. However, what I take issue with is the implication of this statement. It seems to imply that the wearer needs to dress up for their audience. This is, of course, not entirely false. The way you dress should always show respect to the person sitting across from you.  Nonetheless, false peer pressure – and that is exactly what we are dealing with here – should not force you to succumb to sterile surroundings. You should not feel obliged to wear a t-shirt, if that is not what you want to wear. If, say, you were considering wearing your dinner suit to a bar (because it’s THE suit for the evening), then go for it.  Even if your entire board of directors dresses like a boy band from the early 2000s, that doesn’t mean you should shy away from an ‘overly corporate’ double-breasted suit. If you want to imagine yourself in the world of Evelyn Waugh dressed in shirt, jacket, and trousers in your apartment on a Sunday, then you should do so. Haters gonna hate, as they say!  You are one of the chosen few. The Highlander! You should (re)present yourself as you see yourself. Finally, as an aside, I want to clarify that I do not intend to tell anyone what to wear. On the contrary, everyone should wear what they feel comfortable wearing. Clothing should not only fit your body, but also project your personality. I firmly believe that you should always follow your own tastes, otherwise you run the risk of becoming another nondescript face. MM/DC