Having to say farewell to autumn while welcoming-in winter has never
been as easy as it seemed to be this year. The excitement was partially due to my Trunk Club fashion subscription, coupled with the ending of 2020. This COVID-19 pandemic has affected life on the planet in almost every regard. We had no idea when this all began that it would be as intrusive and far-reaching as it has proven to be. This column is what happens after twelve months of the saying ” Being all dressed-up, with nowhere to go.”
In other words, I have used food delivery services and even grocery shopping services. However, I never thought I’d find use in a personal stylist / clothing delivery subscription service. It turns out I was wrong, and I do enjoy getting a “trunk” through the mail. Its packed with clothes and shoes that show how a professional, armed with A.I. selects looks. So far this year I can admit that most of these outfits I never would have attempted on my own.
Furthermore, I consider myself a bit “picky” about what I wear, maybe because I wear so many hats. On any given day you could catch me involved with completely different crowds, each requiring a completely different look. ( US Army Veteran / Data Analyst / Publisher / Yogi / Carpenter / Photographer / Beekeeper). The pandemic has encouraged people like me to dig deeper into interest that I never had the time to explore, which can make it easy to lose your “professional” look. I need a look that is fluid and relaxed, but still mature enough to command respect. It seems my life as a Libra is always seeking balance.
Above all else, defining my look from day-to-day can be a real challenge, and I like seeing a professional stylists’ opinion of what I should be wearing. I guess I am fascinated by a professionals interpretation of what could be called my own “Fashion Algorithm”. I feel like my ideal looks are not overly flamboyant, but they have just enough edge to stay fresh and relevant. My algorithm is somewhere between a Himalayan Monk and a Silicon Valley Geek-Chic.
In conclusion, I think that with the public lockdown and working from home, the opportunities to showcase each of our own individual style have become scarce. One thing I retained from my ECON class is that scarcity of a thing’ raises the demand and value of it. So I am going to maximize this time to showcase some looks sent to me directly from Nordstroms Trunk Club while the value of this old mans fashion is at an all-time high.
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Author Eugene Smith is the creative director of several online publications and a cultural-diversity author. He designs media and branding strategies to make an impact on the global community. Eugene uses his diverse background and upbringing to showcase cultural diversity through art, cuisine, music, and fashion with a passion for people and life.