You stepped out looking like that?
Help! I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon!
Last week I got back from a week long visit at home. I usually like to venture north every year, and as my sister likes to say, it’s like a northern spa getaway. My mother has no internet, I have virtually no friends there, and I like to eat copious amounts of food and (shock beyond shock) wear my Adidas track pants from Grade 10 and ill fitting t-shirts.
However, I had a bit of a realization while I was eating my seventh slice of cake one night, sitting in the basement watching Dancing with The Stars, rooting for Kirstie Alley. (She’s 60!) Comfortable clothes are – get this – comfortable. I was wearing my American Apparel hoodie, circa 2006 and I loved it. When I looked in the mirror, it made me feel completely different, but in a good way. I have loved dressing up so much in the past two or three years that I forgot how good I look in a hoodie. (Yes, I know. Modesty is my strong suit)
So here’s what I advise. If you dress up all the time – try changing up your look by being a bit more casual. What is important and essential here is that you get the fit correct. That’s never going to change. A huge, ill fitting hoodie isn’t style or fashion. That should just stay in the closet and only be taken out when you are at home feeling depressed, having a fat day, and eating a large pizza all by yourself. And even if you don’t dress up all the time and you favor hoodies (There are many, many, many of you out there) make sure that it isn’t torn, isn’t too big or small, and that you balance it out with some dressier elements. Put on a pair of slim fitting chinos or khakis with them and a brightly colored t-shirt underneath to add some depth.
So, yes, I’m advocating a hoodie. You can take the boy out of the north, but you can’t take the north out of the boy I gather.