I will be traveling quite a bit over the next few months, and the less luggage I have to tote around with me, the better. I can get along fine for a few months with only one of the fifteen different off-white sweaters that I own, but the real difficulty is choosing shoes.
For a blogger, attending Pitti requires weeks of careful planning and packing. Each day’s outfit must be cohesive not only in itself but within the wider story of one’s wardrobe, mood, and life. And then of course one must be ready to parry a blow dealt to the best-laid plans, by unexpected weather, a wayward dollop of pasta sauce, or a fellow fair-goer with an identical tie or pinky ring.
For many generations, young men learned the basics of men’s clothing from their fathers. Much of that patrimony dissipated in the Baby Boomer generation, as the man in the gray flannel suit was overthrown by hippies in jeans who grew up to be office workers in khakis and polos.
It's been almost ten years since the “Look At My Striped Shirt!”book came out, and yet, when I go out, it still seems like three-quarters of the men around me are wearing jeans and a “button down” striped shirt.
A good wardrobe is a well-rounded wardrobe. Just as great-looking coat and tie can enhance a night on the town, a pair of slim jeans and a casual jacket give you another reason to enjoy a day at the park. Your shoe wardrobe should cover just as much ground.