Summer is officially in full swing. The calendar says it, and I have the tan lines to prove it. Now, I'm anxiously awaiting weddings and rooftop socials, where I can break out a few new suits and other garb. But before I do, though, I feel it necessary to recap some of the fun looks and learnings had during the spring.
As shown a few months ago, the winter was my first time to actively jump into the menswear blogging world with help from my friend Noah. It was a fun new way to explore the city and learn new things about portrait and lifestyle photography. (I definitely didn't know how to pose, ha!)
While I've since decided to focus on a more holistic approach to the blog world, fashion is definitely still a pillar of #drewinthecity. It influences the way I see much of the city and how I interact with others. (It's kinda like those mantras around "look good, feel good.")
Noah definitely helped me understand what it's like to stand in front of a camera (instead of just behind it), so it was a bummer when his New York City stay came to a close in early April. He's now doing some great work in North Carolina that you should follow.
Luckily, I was introduced (via LinkedIn) to Lindsay, a fellow Samford graduate. Her work is incredible, and she definitely understands how to create a space for her subjects to feel the most comfortable and confident. Through this partnership, I learned the importance of understanding and then communicating aesthetic. I might not always be able to work with the same photographer (in fact, I like knowing and helping many).
Ultimately, this task comes out of research and planning. This is a personal lifestyle/adventure website that seeks to connect and inspire fellow creatives. If I don't know how to keep this consistent and communicate the task to others, then the brand won't be as visually appealing or consistent.
Fashion has always been of particular interest to me. While it's a daily necessity, it also acts as moving art. It's an actionable expression of life and emotion.
I certainly would like to have something new for every occasion, but that's not practical. And if I'm honest, I don't think that's really me. Sure, I like new and nice things, but I also like the challenge of repurposing things—reimagining a classic minimal approach. This way, function and fashion are perfectly balanced, and the bank isn't broken. (I also have a very tiny closet, so there's that.)
For those of you in the same boat as me, I recommend reading this article. My girlfriend recently sent it over to me, and I've been trying to figure out how to rework it from the guy's perspective. There aren't many changes that need to be made, but it's definitely a conscience decision to buy things that work for many occasions and settings and that can be layered well.
Throughout the rest of the year, I'm going to try to phase this mindset into my closet. I think it will help me choose quality over quantity and help me be a better steward of time and resources. It will also help me put more focus on living life instead of what I live life in.
Menswear on the go.
If you've made it this far, you're in for the treat: pictures. Below, you'll find a few of my initial choices that layer well and breathe easily during the unexpected weather that comes with spring. As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts and get your reactions; comment below or email me directly!