Close Enough

You know those mornings when you’re running late? The mornings that stretch to afternoon and really never end at all? That was yesterday. Throw in some light housekeeping and assorted other chores and errands and my typical uniform of coat and tie jsut didn’t make sense.

So I took a page from The Architect’s book and wore a nice polo collar shirt. This one is ribbed silk. Khakis are workhorses, these are flat fronted and slim cut. The Tod’s driving mocs — Gommino’s — are just plain comfortable, especially in suede which allowed me to go sockless into the 80ºF day. But, when I stepped beyond the confines of the Manse, a bit of effort was required. This is Richmond where you will run into someone you know. I rant about dressing better than you have to, And then there are my own standards to consider. (Read: vanity.) So, to pick up the pop/bubble/fizz at Trader Joe’s, on went the tonal sportcoat and in went the blue bordered pocketsquare to pick up the line in the coat and the shirt.

Casual doesn’t have to mean mundane. With some knowledge aforethought, you can inject a bit of effortless elegance into the everyday. Consider stepping up your casual Friday or weekend attire, just because you can.

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