17 February 2009

Functionality = Beauty


The buzzword of the Victorian Era was that of 'improvement'. Whether it was the improvement of the largest city in the world, at the time being London, or the improvement of the self. They believed that any single person could change their fortunes. Indeed so much so that they believed that poverty was a self inflicted woe.

Browsing the various romanticised depictions of working Victorian London in paintings and prints, I am always struck by the clothing worn. By contemporary standards the fashions seen in some circumstances would almost be akin to a man wearing a suit whilst working on an oil rig. Something that I have always found intriguing, is the concept of designs and structures having both a function as well as aesthetic value. A beautifully designed building is even more beautiful due to the fact that one can live inside it. Similarly clothing gains a wonderful artistic value due to the simple fact that one wears it, one's body gives the design a unique life.

I had in mind the concept of smart utility wear whilst dressing this morning for a short walk. Design and function is something that is inherent in all clothing, however I tried to go for the more workwear inspired vision. The wider cut, unfinished trousers and boots were somewhat complimented by the knitwear of the cardigan and tie. To further emphasise a notion of practicality, I decided to pin my tie so that whilst I moved around, it would not.

Currently playing: Helicopter - Bloc Party

xxxx

25 comments:

  1. good morning! love the docs! have a great day!

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  2. very romantic..love the ring..very cool shoes..hope it was a good walk.

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  3. Fascinating that our ideas of comfort and functionality in clothing have changed so much over the years.

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  4. Don't you feel like the world has regressed, fashion-wise? I feel like people put on clothes due to modesty rather than for a purpose. They wear clothes because they have to or they'll be arrested for indecent exposure. I hate going to the grocery store/Target/gas station and seeing women dressed in sweats/pajamas. Why would you ever leave the house wearing that?!?!

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  5. so perfect as always dapper. And I really like the thought process that goes into getting dressed.
    I really like the knit tie, it's one of my favorite things to see men wearing.

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  6. I think I may be the complete opposite. To me, the more outlandish something is, the more I love it.

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  7. i enjoy reading your thoughtful posts. the pin on the tie looks great without looking like your trying to hard. ps. bloc party is one of my fav bands. :)

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  8. perfect balance between the two.

    xo

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  9. grey-white-always good. How's life in LondON?:)

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  10. You dress so nice, I love it. I really like how you pinned your tie, it adds a small amount of detail along with the knit... perfect.

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  11. Dapper, you're looking well, dapper!

    It's a wonderful outfit. I'm especially fond of the cardigan and shoes. :]

    Enjoy your walk!

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  12. I love everything about this outfit, especially the docs!

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  13. i drool over that combination of cardigan, amazing tie and your docs. I'm in love with that cardigan, though i prefer them striped

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  14. the ring is a beauty! you're so suave, x :)

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  15. The ring is definitely amazing :D

    I love how you put that. I always enjoy seeing things from your perspective.

    l,
    Hannah

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  16. i agree, actually, that functionality is beauty. some of my favorite things in my closet are pieces that are practical and attractive. it's similar to comfort-we all love the clothes that are comfortable and stylish at the same time. also, the functional clothes seem to look more put-together and classy.

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  17. i really love the romantic victorian look...really like your blog..
    xx

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  18. Love the post, the look, and the pin!

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  19. docs for the win! god, yours look so beautiful and shiny! lovely how your combine them!

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  20. I also think you can change your fortune. I think you can change everything if you just want to. And yes, the poverty is an option, you choose to be poor.

    I love your tie, it's the first time I see a knitted one.

    xx

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  21. That ring is amazing. And the boots. And tie. Okay, really, I love this entire outfit!

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  22. you looks amazing!! i really like your ring! :D

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