Fashion is so integrated into our daily lives that we can easily be compared to collectors of fine art. The art that we choose to gather is clothing, and we put the garments on display by wearing them. Just like works of art, clothes are dispersed around the globe, and it is our job to collect pieces that catch our fancy. Perhaps a stroll down the Champs-Élysées will lead you to that perfect Louis Vuitton scarf. Maybe an online shopping binge will end with a pair of Steve Madden boots being delivered to your house the following week. Whether you shop at the trendiest boutiques in SoHo, or Macklemore inspired you to go thrift shopping, each garment you obtain has a story and holds sentimental value.
Today’s Fashionisto was dressed head to toe in “works of art,” but his masterpiece was his jacket. Instead of purchasing it off the rack from a boutique in a shopping plaza or rummaging for it in a thrift store, his father bequeathed it to him, so it definitely has intrinsic worth. His weathered navy and beige jacket is similar to the varsity jacket, which remains a favorite in both men’s and women’s fashion. Despite the resemblance, it doesn’t look overly sporty, but rather adventure-ready. As a final touch of personalization, a Yarra Trail YMCA patch is sewn on the left breast. This Fashionisto is surely grateful for inheriting this “masterpiece” from his dad.
Overall, the outfit bore an updated “vintage Americana” aesthetic: a varsity-esque jacket layered over a cozy wool sweater, some denim and a pair of desert boots — all with a tailored fit and no synthetic fabrics added. What more can you ask for? We all know that nothing is more American than a pair of blue jeans. This Fashionisto modernized the concept by opting for a pair of colored jeans instead. His pale, olive green skinny jeans not only complemented the colors of his jacket, but also contrasted with his dark gray sweater. The pairing of his wool sweater and colored denim mirrored the slow but current transition from the frigid winter to springtime. If you’re ready to wake up your wardrobe from hibernation, consider some colored 511 skinny jeans by Levi Brand Jeans.
Hint: You can find “masterpieces” anywhere. If you’re looking for a jacket that makes a statement like this Fashionisto’s, take a look at this American flag jacket or this leopard print jacket from ASOS.