Formal Friday Will Return Order To The Chaos

fashion, humor, Modern PhilosopherIf clothes truly do make the man, Modern Philosophers, then I’m afraid to find out exactly what I’ve created here during this extended period of isolation.

The governor’s stay at home order has turned me into something the fashionistas might label as “slacker on laundry day”.

My usual outfit now consists of sweatpants, sneakers, a ratty tee shirt, sometimes a fleece to cover the stains on the tee shirt, and my Yankees cap to protect the world from the monstrosity my hair has become.

It’s not like I was ever a fashion plate, but at least on work days, I’d dress like someone who owned wardrobe items that required a hanger for proper storage.  Now, everything I wear would probably be most at home in the laundry bin or on the bedroom floor.

This whole not having to dress for work thing has added to my confusion about the days of the week.  At this point, my week consists of today, tomorrow, and yesterday.  And all those days have the exact same dress code.

Which is why I proposing Formal Friday.

Basically, since our lives have been turned upside down by the Coronavirus, I’m suggesting we do the opposite of Casual Friday to return just a little order to all the chaos.

Mad Men, fashion, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m not saying you have to dress like you just stepped off the set of Mad Men, but…

A) That would be a nice look on you.

B) It wouldn’t hurt to add a little class to your isolation.

In my case, I don’t own any suits, so I can’t pull off the Dan Draper look.  I do, however, have a large collection of Tabasco ties.  So at the very least, I can put on a collared shirt, tie a Windsor knot, and promote a hot sauce I never use on my food.

After that, I can add a pair of khakis, some dress socks, and my work shoes.  Maybe I’ll even comb my hair and try to get the mess atop my head to behave for a few hours.

That outfit won’t land me on the cover of GQ, but it will keep me from being mistaken for a homeless person.  Even more importantly, it will remind me that today, tomorrow, and yesterday has been replaced by Friday.

In other words, some order will be restored to a world that now centers around my couch, and denotes the passing of time by whenever my stomach demands its next feeding.

Remember, there’s no one around to see you.  You’re just doing this for you.  And your imaginary friends, who I have to assume are much better dressers.

NYU, fashion, humor, Modern PhilosopherIn these difficult times, anything that breaks the tedium and reminds me of what my life used to be like is a positive.  I’m not saying Formal Friday will make everything okay again, but at least it will remind me that I clean up nice, and that buttons and zippers are a great alternative to drawstrings.

And if it creates a buzz that leads to a modeling career, I’d be totally okay with that, too.

It’s not like I don’t love life in sweatpants, but right now, I equate my relaxed look to a life with no direction.  If Formal Friday can point me in the general direction of Normal, then I’m willing to give it a shot.

What are you doing to try to keep some semblance of order and a sense of fashion in your life during these challenging times?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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2 Responses to Formal Friday Will Return Order To The Chaos

  1. markbialczak says:

    For some odd reason, Austin, I am still wearing the same clothes I would wear to the library during my work hours from home, putting off the pulling on of the lounge pants until after my 4 p.m. off-duty time. Once in a while my upper half can be seen in a FB live post for the library page, so, sure for the half-zip fleecie, but nobody but my otherwise-doing-her-own-stuff-at-home wife can note that I am actually wearing pants not sweats. I do otherwise endorse your Formal Friday, Cheers to the image of Don Draper before he took that last-season trip to California.

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