I don’t own a lot of clothes, contrary to popular belief. Maybe once, but then I grew up and became a grown up.As a content inhabitant of a 550 square foot bungalow apartment, I’m a big believer in exercising restraint in a culture of gay men that celebrates unbridled overabundance. I come across many beautiful things I think I’d like to have, but under the comfortable constraints of my own design for living, “need” typically trumps “want.” But I do get myself a few wants from time to time. Besides men.Consequently, my wardrobe is a carefully considered edit of well-made and versatile classics, with a few trend pieces. My suits, jackets, shirts,jeans, ties, shoes, socks, skivvies… Everything I wear fits well within the confines of my wallet and humble atelier!!! Except maybe the sweaters shelves. I love me a sweater, right next to hoodies. Both of which I feel are more versatile than one thinks. I must have upwards of about 60 sweaters, a lot of which are cashmere. Yes, they can be pricy, but I find them thin enough to layer with, and they are quite warm. And with the weather were having now, yes another snow fall and cold 6 degree temps, they feel even better.I thought today would be the perfect time to have a good yarn......
I love me some turtle neck action. Warm, a great look and can to worn alone or with a jacket, or with jeans, cords, or a dress pant, often like when I go to work..
Patterns I also love. Sometimes when out for the night or drinks I throw on my sage colored jeans with this striped sweater, a floral pattern tie, and this navy dress shirt.
Another style I like is the baseball sweater. It helps us little guys to be a bit more "built" in appearance. These are two of those sweaters with the same sage jean.
On weekends, when out and about, casual lunch out with the boys for shopping, I will tie in my two favorite wardrobe pieces, a cashmere sweater and a hoodie...with a sport coat.
Way back in November, I wore this striped crew neck, with a nice denim look with jeans, a denim shirt and boots and my coveted versatile navy wool pea coat.
A casual around the house look with a merino wool sweaters with cords......
If you know me you'll know I love my wool cable stich sweaters....they look great with jeans, cords, denim coats and with hoodies.
But then there is the family gatherings, where I may dress dress up/casual with a V-neck cashmere sweater, white dress shirt and grey wool pants. I can look conservative from time to time.
And let us not forget the lovely cardigan, which I have several of.
For a night out or work, I also love me some shawl collar action. They add just a bit of a little flair to the look. Here I wore it with a dress shirt and a tie loosely tied.
Don't forget about the ever faithful scarf. Whether indoors or out, a nice wool, cashmere, or cotton scarf can add to a nice winter look when it comes to layering, and to help beat the elements. There is looking like you care about your clothes, and there is looking like clothes are all you care about. I’d rather be the former. And the key to a smart closet seems to be an exercise in restraint, taste and editing, inter mixing items to get more looks, regardless of spending power. Maybe in another post we'll discuss what your socks say about you!!!
Thanks to the Lad and Preston for helping with pictures!!!!