Today, once again, I turn to men’s style, and to trying to understand a little better another one of their approaches to a genuine personal style. How do you feel about aged leather gloves or jackets, well-worn jeans, a weathered t-shirt or maybe a shirt with holes and tears like the one Robert Redford is wearing here? I, for one, love my leather jacket more now, with a natural patina, than when it was brand new. The same goes for my oldest leather gloves and for naturally distressed jeans, but I must admit I am reticent to any other kind of torn garment. Yes, it looks right on the likes of Ralph Lauren and Robert Redford, but is it right for everyone, without the risk of being a subject of misjudgment? Is it more ok for men and less ok for women? But why would it be? And why would one care? I think it has also to do with the self-absorbed and “I want the latest thing now” attitude women seem to be trapped in in a way men never will.
I know I will never wear a dress or skirt with its hem unstitched or a coat or shirt with a button missing, that falls into another category, a sign of negligence, but how about a favourite t-shirt whose colour has started to fade? And I would probably not wear something with a hole in it, except for jeans, but I would wear it if I put a patch on it. Until not long ago, I also had a wallet that had started to look just like the one in the photo above and it took me a while to get myself used to a shiny new one. I have to say that it gives me great pleasure every time I wear a years old item and see that I usually feel better in it than in my latest wardrobe piece. I feel that it distinguishes me from the crowd, that it belongs to me, I’ve come to know it, and how it looks best on me. But I think that, in the end, when it comes to your own worn out clothes, it’s a matter of stance and attitude, of whether you look right or not in them.
photo: Atelier de l’Armée F/W 2013 lookbook, via Man in Pink