I recently learned that Forever 21 -- one of the largest retail stores near my old home -- permanently closed during covid-19. It wasn't a surprise. That Forever 21 had crushing rent. In the millions from what I recall. Many large brands face the same insolvency now crippling J. Crew and Neiman Marcus. Covid-19 completely … Continue reading What Will Happen to Clothes Post Covid-19?
With spring cleaning, people are realizing they have inordinate amounts of clothes. Most people (men and women) build too large and inferior wardrobes. We quickly lose interest in expendable clothes. A $6.99 beanie (or even a $70 quality one you don't wear) holds no meaningful ethics. Menswear enthusiasts are especially prone to excessive spending. Imagine … Continue reading My Take on Building a Wardrobe
We hear this bark by fashion houses, Instagram, even the average dresser. Heck, academics like Judith Butler (who argued that gender is performative) have built their careers on this point. It's a popular ideology that can be traced back to Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud's lesser-known nephew. Bernays was a 20th-century public relations figurehead hired by … Continue reading “Clothing is Expression”
Being well-dressed extends beyond fit and quality. It includes appropriateness and subtlety. It means your outfit isn't showy. It doesn't shout for attention. You may have tiny dashes of color, but nothing very bright across large areas of your outfit. This principle applies to men and women alike. Simplicity is key -- that draws attention, … Continue reading On Subtlety
For me at least, buying anything requires months deliberation. Enormous thought goes into purchasing three to four pieces of clothing per year, which includes scarves, trousers, etc. This is mostly because I want a core wardrobe. I'm also on a limited budget and spend wisely. In order to develop a core wardrobe you must ignore … Continue reading Building a Core Wardrobe
I have a friend. Let's call him James. James has several nice jackets and pullovers and told me he wanted to purchase a light cardigan sweater. Since he had no troubles with budget, I emailed him a link to O'Connell's, which carries a nice array of sweaters in the United States. James, like many, was … Continue reading You Don’t Need to Be a Zillionare
Minimalism is more challenging than it looks. Buying and keeping things is just too tempting, especially when you rationalize why certain items must be bought/kept. I stored a nice pair of red shorts for one year believing I'd eventually wear them to the beach. And I kept the fantasy alive, until I lately realized they … Continue reading Try Minimalism