Speaking of values, as I was earlier in the week, brought this link to my
inbox Pandora’s box (follow it at your peril: it leads to what in my experience was a couple hours good reading, if you follow any of the links therein): Conference Chic, or, How to Dress Like an Anthropologist.
The Cliff Notes:
black + ethnic jewelry
To really fit in, wear a scarf 😉
This formula can be further reduced to the following universal template:
lifestyle segment basic required clothing
nod to your personal values
For the retiree, jeans and tee-shirt are the basics of the leisure lifestyle segment; white athletic shoes signify mobility, time, and money they can’t be white unless they’re new, right?
For the elementary school teacher, business casual is the base and the playful element states, “I enjoy children”. Which is as it should be. While this type of dress seems normal in early elementary; at university, it is just confusing.
Then there are those who use subtractive rather than additive methods to display their personal values: the very fit and the totally indifferent.