There is something just a bit superficial and tacky with always dressing in the most crisp, newest looking clothes. An element of rugged individuality is lost the day a Fashionisto chooses to retire an article of clothing because it looks too “worn.” Clothing that has aged with the owner will show signs of wear in the forms of rips, tears, frays, fading, wrinkles, discoloration, stains and/or loss of original shape. These changes do not necessarily constitute a clothing item’s demise, but rather reflect the wearer’s love and devotion to the garment.
We’re going to look at a Fashionisto whose outfit demonstrates his loyalty to the clothing he wears. With a fairly consistent appearance of fading, this outfit shows a moderate yet noticeable level of age. Let’s start with the top. He is wearing a short sleeve button-down shirt with a slouchy fit and a sun bleached color palette. Shirts like these are a must for the Fashionisto wishing to take on the look of aged clothing.
The pants are in a similar vein as the shirt: slouchy and distressed. Once a crisp fit and a deep, dark dye, these jeans have faded over years of wear and stretched out to where they are now. Because denim ages well, it is encouraged to keep your favorite pair for as long as the threads hold together. The slouchy fit is an essential component to any casual outfit, and the stretching will only cause the pants to fit even better than the day you first bought them.
Continuing with the worn theme of his outfit, this Fashionisto chose to don the always classic black Chuck Taylors with a white sole. A sight not uncommon for most Minnesotans, these shoes have been stained by the salt left over from plows on the snowy streets. A plain and simple shoe to begin with, these sneakers are augmented by the imperfections brought on by the changing seasons and their regular use. They are showcased proudly by their owner.
Anyone can buy new clothing, but it takes a true style maven to love their wardrobe enough to wear it for years and years. That continued use will leave you with genuine fades, rips and stains that no brand can replicate.
Hint: Love your clothing! Do not hide them from the world’s elements out of fear of their demise. Buy often for quality and roll with the punches that your clothing will take after years of use. You will be left with the best and most legitimate casual outfits around.