Dressing Your Age:A Multi-Decade Conversation Sep26

Dressing Your Age:A Multi-Decade Conversation...

  A few months ago, I turned a socially (if not personally) significant number in years. The big 3-0. I didn’t struggle, and it was not painful. As a Millennial, the age of “official adulthood” has been continually pushed beyond my grasp for years. When I finally reached the finish line, I let out a sigh of relief, as it took me 18 years to grow out of adolescence. Just a few months into my thirties, age isn’t often on my mind. I do feel slightly flattered when a waiter checks for my ID when at a restaurant.  I feel disconnected from a 19-year-old who is snap-chatting her personal woes and triumphs to her BFF. In real-time. High school...

My Shirt Feels…Our Emotional Relationships With Clothes Sep26

My Shirt Feels…Our Emotional Relationships W...

Everyday you wear two stories. There’s the public story: the collective image you’re projecting to your audience — the persona that helps people understand who you are and how to communicate with you. And then there’s another more personal story — the tale of the guy you met the first night you wore that dress, the promotion you got in those shoes, and your connection to those who wore that watch before you. Self-presentation is not only about how you visually relate to the world, but also how your relate to yourself.  Those complex ideas of self operate beneath the surface, yet color the way we understand and judge the...

Smart, Fuss-Free Styling Sep19

Smart, Fuss-Free Styling

This is the third article in a series about closet organizing and shopping. Now that you’ve de-cluttered your closet and refined your wardrobe, it’s time to get to the fun part: dressing yourself. An organized closet is just the first step toward looking great. An edited selection and visual clarity will make it even easier to look put-together, and below, we have some tips for putting it all together. Start with a Good Foundation Undergarments can be a game changer when it comes to how your clothes look on your body. The right bra is a good place to start; if you aren’t sure about what size you are or feel you need to re-asses, go to a...

Roundtable Discussion: Gen X vs. Gen Y Jun20

Roundtable Discussion: Gen X vs. Gen Y

What are the generational differences between Gen X and Gen Y (or Millennials)? Sociology of Style writers Eve Kerrigan, Rachel Gall, and Anna Akbari have a multi-generational debate in our latest Roundtable Discussion.  Anna: So maybe we should kick off by stating our ages and whether we identify with any particular generation? I’m 35 and I guess I’m Gen X, and I probably identify more with it — though that seems to be a very unhip thing to say. Rachel: I turned 30 a week ago. And I definitely relate to the millennial generation, as I write about them. Eve: Hi, I am 40. I am Gen X. Pretty stereotypically so in some ways, but I also...

Calculated Deviation: The Nuanced Art of Non-Conformity Jun07

Calculated Deviation: The Nuanced Art of Non-Confo...

Are you a visual risk-taker or do you take comfort in wearing the same khakis as your cube-mate? When does it pay to stand out and when is conformity your friend? New Harvard Business School research suggests that dressing down in more formal settings can convey “competency,” and that wearing “unusual” clothes can boost personal status in the eyes of on-lookers.  The logic? Blending in and mimicking the visual norm is easy — what takes effort and a studied eye is standing out. The trick? It has to look deliberate — not clueless. But we can all think of individuals who have deviated from the contextual...

Strategic Shopping:Make the Most of Your Time and Money Jun05

Strategic Shopping:Make the Most of Your Time and ...

[This article is the second in a series about Sociology of Style's 4-part wardrobe and image program: closet cleanout, strategic shopping, smart styling, and maintenance and storage solutions. In this article, we'll address how to shop strategically after you've purged your current wardrobe.] So you went through your closet, made a lot of edits, and vowed never to make the same mistakes again. But now what?  Now that you’ve gained some perspective on your past purchases, what works, and what doesn’t, it’s time to put a plan in place for strategic shopping, so that when you bring new pieces into your wardrobe, you can...

How Should You Dress for Your Physically Demanding Job? Jun03

How Should You Dress for Your Physically Demanding...

They say to dress for the job you want, rather than the job you have. Yet, what about when the job you want sits in an office all day and the job you have is highly active and involves running around and lifting things? How should you dress for your physically demanding job? Where is the balance? The era of the business formal office is largely gone. Unless you work in finance or law in New York, chances are that your office dress code has gotten a bit more laid back than designer suits and cufflinks. Companies like Google and Apple are turning casual dress in offices into the new normal. Google uses a casual dress code and office...