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Recently, via a Facebook status, a friend pointed out the origin of the word nostalgia. It’s apparently a compound of the Greek words nóstos meaning homecoming and álgos meaning pain. Needless to say I’ve been nóstos-álgosing all over the place since the conclusion of Seven Days of Wool. While both a week and a trend are ephemeral by nature, the nostalgia of the two continue for quite sometime.

Completing a sartorially themed week garners a certain feeling of pride. I had managed to produce seven similar, yet different outfits all revolving around one fabric: wool; each day forced to be a little more creativity than the last. To date, I’ve spent a collective two weeks dressing via theme and if nothing else I’ve learned the advantageous qualities of guidelines; that is, their ability to facilitate some level of creativity.

Generally when wondering what shirt, shoe or sweater will inspire the subsequent articles, I draw from thin air. I rarely give myself any sort of guidelines; I walk around my room, put something on and snap a selfie. Seven Days, however, has been a sort of launching pad for, if for nothing else, the ease of getting dressed.

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Day Seven – Seven Days of Wool

The time has come when we must say goodbye to a woolderful week of man sweaters. We laughed, we cried, we saw me in camou, it was a week filled with ups and downs. Although, as the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens you try buttoning all the way for the first time. That’s right, I’ve taken the privileged of using day seven to break my button hymen.

I’ve never been able to fully get behind the tight-necked trend. I guess I always thought it screamed prep (or kept you from screaming anything at all) and in an over-saturated preppy, ultra-tailored male blogosphere, I had no interest in being another polo among the masses, metaphorically speaking. I pride myself as being both a man interested fashion and a blogger that isn’t posting a myriad of ties, tweed jackets and oxford shoes. And what is buttoning all the way if not one step from a tie.

I’m of course aware that a large part of men’s fashion is in fact all of those things; that the whole shebang might have very well started with a sports jacket. But I’m also aware that men’s fashion is evolving; that the limits of what a man can wear and more recently, what a man can blog about, aren’t just those things. It’s a combination of sportswear, casual, nontraditional cuts, unorthodox textures and fabrics, the whole lot.

I’m by no means saying that I don’t enjoy wearing a blazer here and there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s been a stint of time that I wore one more often than not; but it’s not the way I dress everyday and it’s not what I want to see day after day, post after post in the blogs I frequent. It could simply be that I’m frequenting the wrong blogs. But it might also be the somewhat normative notion that in order to be a male fashion blogger, you have to write about and consistently wear suits, tie clips and crisply ironed button downs.

With all of that being said, I decided I liked buttoning all the way. I think this particular button down lends itself well to such an event.

This is my two cents folks. What’s yours?

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Day Three – Seven Days of Wool

Day three found me listening to some friends present a communications plan they had developed for a woman who’s a wardrobe consultant. They presented, the client talked and the whole thing went really well. At the end of the presentation my comrades’ client said something that I found interesting and relevant to what I do here every day – ‘Wardrobe isn’t the most important thing in life, but when you get it right you can forget about it.’


The comment led me to think if I had reached my wardrobe potential. Does my closet have everything it needs to ensure I do? How would I know if it doesn’t? Will someone tell me? Is it an innate realization? A mixture of cringes from society? Getting the stink eye from the bus driver?


If one’s wardrobe were to reach its full potential does that mean you’ve narrowed yourself to one look? One set of colors? Textures? Or does potential mean a myriad of choices and style? Can one person have several defaults? Personally, my look changes from day-to-day and my closest reflects so. There are no strict guidelines and how I look is often a result of how I’m feeling. And I have A LOT of feelings.

Anyhow, what do you guys think?

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