Believe it or not, I was born and raised on a farm – far away from any “fashion” scene.
Honestly, I was never really interested in fashion, but the notion of personal style always intrigued me. In my opinion there is an important difference between the two. Fashion happens in major cities (runway shows, designer collections, boutique shops, etc). Style, however, can happen anywhere. It’s a way of life, a certain swagger, an expression of individuality.
An important element of good style, as I’ve written before, is starting with practicality of functionality. Being appropriatey dressed (for the occasion, the whether, the activity, etc.) is the first step. Your look should reflect the lifestyle you are participating in, whatever it may be at the time. So when I visit home, for example, I can’t be wearing 3-piece suits on the farm.
The good new is, this doesn’t mean you need a whole new wardrobe for each of your separate activities – just an understanding of which pieces can work for which occasion. In fact, due to the current landscape of menswear, it has never been easier to put together a wardrobe that can effortlessly take you from the big city to the country, or anywhere in between. For example, most of the pieces featured in this post have already been featured in other posts shot in gotham city NYC, just styled differently.
It’s no secret that workwear and utility apparel are trending (due in part to recent economic woes and a flight to durability and versatility). High-end department stores in big cities are selling re-invented versions of the garments that I grew up wearing on the farm. Think naturally distressed jeans, denim shirts, plaid flannels, quilted jackets, hard-toe boots, etc.
Here, 4 looks from my recent visit back to the farm with each of my family members.
1. Working in the Shop with Leo
My passion for style is my brother Leo’s passion for mechanics. If you can roll it into our workshop, he can probably fix it.
When I’m home I like to wear denim shirts. They’re tough and they get better the more you wear and wash them, so I don’t have to worry about getting them dirty – because they will inevitably get dirty.
Bonus Tip: Brushed cotton chinos are the type of trousers that can translate to just about any outfit or activity. They’re also another type of garment that build character the more they are worn.
Bonus Tip II: I wore these boots to a meeting/interview in Times Square yesterday, with a tweedy winter weight.
- Tan leather boots by Red Wing
- Washed denim shirt by RRL
- Grey tank top by Fruit of the Loom
- Khaki chinos by Ralph Lauren Polo
- Brown leather belt by JCrew