I first became interested in dress and the history of dress a few years back. It began with my interest in academic dress which led me to consider what one wear’s underneath it (i.e. subfusc). Over the years, I developed my wardrobe, understanding and knowledge of dress and became fixated in particular with formal wear such as morning dress.
If I claim an expertise in a field of dress then that would be concerning top hats and morning dress. This mostly comes from my research as well as my personal assemblege of my morning dress and discovers in buying and polishing a topper. I don’t claim to be ‘an expert’ per se but I know enough to advise people on it.
If I were to consider what sort of dress person I am, I would describe myself as traditional and conservative. I like to look my best as well as get everything to the thread ‘correct’. Trousers must be high-waisted, pocket watches must be worn in lieu of wristwatches, braces in lieu if belts, the colour of the waistcoat, trousers, etc must be appropriate, etc. The reason for this anality is, as said before, that I spent a lot of effort (and money) to get my dress correct and so it should be done correctly otherwise I might as well not have bothered.
I look at things logically as well. I examine the ‘rules’ and guidelines, asking myself why things were done in certain ways. What could be done differently in theory? What is actually totally irrelevant in the whole scheme of things? Fashion is ever changing but style doesn’t. There are things from the past that are still embedded in the way we dress. Beauty and intelligence go hand in hand.
Dressing formally and classically has now become more reactionary and individualist than dressing in T-shirt and jeans. I see myself as anti-establishment (the establishment being the me-dee-ah) and revolutionary (against the blandness of life).