I’ve been working a 9-to-5 (well, actually 6, I don’t know anyone that’s lucky enough to get out of the office at 5 anymore) for a handful of months now, and it hit me this past weekend that the effects of the workaday routine have begun to fully set in. Growing up, I always found it a bit square that my dad used to wear a nearly identical suit everyday, but now that I’ve settled into the office life, I would say my dad was (and still is) one smart man.
One morning it just clicked, I stood in front of my closet with just a handful of minutes before I had to leave for work, my brain still lying on my pillow, and I found myself putting on the same thing I wore the day before. From there, it just became a routine. There’s something quite liberating about picking a style and staying with it. Of course, that’s not to say I decided to step out in a tee shirt and jeans every day, rather what I’ve adopted as a uniform is a look that I find appropriate (with slight variations of course) in nearly any situation.
It begins with the basic template seen above on Mr. Guido Wongolini of the infamous Most Exerent Brog - a navy sport coat with grey trousers. I favor a navy jacket with patch pockets just like Mr. Wongolini, although I tend to lean toward a slightly slimmer pant, which I’m sure he’d have something to say about. From there, I grab a blue dress shirt, which always find to be a bit less less stiff than its white counterpart. Instead of a patterned tie like Wongolini, I prefer a standard black knit in a double four in hand knot. As an anchor, I typically slip into a pair of brown hard-bottoms, be it wingtips or double monks, with the occasional suede loafer or even German Army Trainers thrown in there on more casual days.
If the whole look sounds familiar, it’s because the navy top, grey bottom pairing has been the official ensemble for security guards for decades. Minus the linebacker shoulders and puddles of excess fabric, of course.