Now more than ever, our personal style tells people who we are — our political persuasion, our social status, our religious belief, which “tribe” we belong to. We might wish it weren’t so, but according to acclaimed designer Miuccia Prada, “when you get dressed you are making public your idea about yourself. Clothes are powerful signifiers.
” Wow, that’s a lot of pressure. Who needs the stress? And who wants to look like they put a lot of effort into their look?
In all honesty, I try hard to look like I didn’t try hard. I don’t mean I ‘try hard’ like I stare at my closet every morning, try on 3 outfits, and ask my husband if this dress makes my butt look big. I mean I do a little advance work so that I can quite literally be ready to walk out the door in 20 minutes. I wait until the rare shopping mood strikes and do a couple of strategic pre-season shopping trips where I capitalize on online sales, local boutique finds, and unique consignment pieces. And then I’m hopefully done thinking about it for a while.
Whether you’re a planner or more of a wear-what-my-hand-touches-first type, we hope you’ll enjoy this month’s focus on effortless style — for men and women. The good news is you don’t even need to go to the mall! Check out cutting-edge fall looks you can find at local boutiques, five for women (“Rites of Fall,” p. 16) and one for men (“Sharp-dressed Man,” p. 12). Easy, breezy. Which is how September should be! Happy fall! Smiles,