I can only speak for myself, but my blue jeans have become a permanent fixture in my wardrobe. I wear them to work, on the weekends and sadly there are moments I even wear them out for a night on the town. I placate myself by saying that jeans at night are part of the “California laid-back” aesthetic. But deep down, there is a small East Coaster yearning to be free…..that guy who secretly enjoys getting dressed up. I don’t mean suits, but just taking things up a notch, so when I gave myself the challenge of style my Gap army jacket (similar) three different ways, I knew I had to find a way to work it into my “evening attire”…..
Short on time between engagements? Forgo the tie! I know yesterday I was all about skinny ties for work, but that’s just it. I wear ties all the time to meet clients, so if I am going out, I want to ditch the tie for something else. In this case a thin wool turtleneck (similar) from Club Monaco is the perfect layering piece for the jacket to take center stage. It’s thin enough not to be bulky but still dressy enough that I feel completely comfortably going to dinner then the theater.
I gave my beloved jeans a rest and pulled a favorite pair of wool glen plaid Polo trousers (similar) out of hibernation. The play of a between the dressy trouser in a traditional pattern and the casual fabric of the jacket was the perfect amount of tension the outfit needed to make it look purposefully and not sloppy. But then you really can’t look that sloppy too when you sport a pair of stitched leather saddle boots (similar). I felt the outfit needed a pop of color and my orange leather driving gloves (similar) courtesy of Club Monaco was the perfect solution. I feel debonair and ready for a night on the town in this outfit! Honestly, I cannot stress enough how much I love play “dress up” in my closet, rediscovering all these forgotten treasures and interpreting them for my new life.
I will be back on Friday to show you the third and final look, as I get ready for the weekend!
Photography by: Desi Arnaz Hyter