that basically turned into a 50+ answer pile-on about wearing sneakers with a blazer, and now I'm worried that I too am doing something dreadfully wrong by mixing solid button-up shirts and dark wool trousers with
. Also, sometimes (okay, lots of times) I have a red bicycle helmet hanging from my bag. Could the hive mind explain exactly how dorky I look, and why? I'm not sure I care to change, but I would at least like to understand my options and their consequences, and make my self-presentation a deliberate choice instead of a clueless accident.
In more detail:
- Almost always a button-up shirt in a dark solid color (currently, green, blue, red, and several black). Most of my shirts fit; a couple are too baggy because I bought them a few years ago before I stopped growing, but they'll wear out soon.
- Always black or dark grey worsted wool trousers, usually with one or more pleats because they're the only ones that fit my huge 24" thighs.
- Braided brown leather belt (I have been strangely unsuccessful in finding a black leather belt which has a hole small enough to fit a 32" waist---suggestions welcome.)
- When it gets cold enough that a wool base layer under the shirt doesn't cut it, then I add a grey wool pullover with a V-shaped neck or a navy pullover with a standing collar.
- Standard white-face Timex with a blue grosgrain ribbon band
- As mentioned, big clompy black Doctor Martens oxfords
- If it's cold enough, a black nylon windbreaker
. I have a heavy double-breasted black wool pea coat and a lovely, sleeker black cashmere coat that hits mid-thigh, but in practice they're just impractical: the pea coat is too warm for New York and God forbid I try to ride a bike in the longer coat.
Again, I've sort of made my peace with not exactly looking fashionable. But I would like to be aware of how dorky I look, and if possible make it a deliberate choice rather than a clueless accident.