- Jul 22, 2013
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Well in my day we didn’t do business casual.. most put on the dog.. after all it was the apparel business.. think Alden Crockett & Jones. I mostly rolled in the Alden Tassel loafers Shell. Workhorse shoes if you’re not in a courtroom.
retirement.. ahh LHSes and augment Tassels with Suede and Chromexel..both Alden and C&J boots.. lots of antique welts. do it.. there’s plenty to do.. yes we traveled a lot before the vid. Thankfully we had just returned from Viking River Cruise Switzerland to Amsterdam when we shut down.. was splendid and can’t wait to do it again.. my 2 cents.. good luck.. my wife had already tossed in the towel so not an issue.. she might have preferred being retired with me still running the business.. lol .. no chance
I started working in the very early 90s so I lived through the casualization of the workplace. For me, I really noticed it when casual Fridays went from no tie or jacket to chinos and then to jeans and sneakers. These days, it seems most people wear pajamas to work or athleisurewear; I simply can't do it.
Last August '19 in Amsterdam and London and then in London again in December for my mother-in-law's 80th (she really wanted to go but not by herself so my wife and I took her mom for the grand tour).
At least I know I am on the correct shoe path having recently acquired Carmina dark brown suede PTBs with a dainite sole and the next purchase will probably be Alden snuff suede chukkas. No tassels for me (that is all my 78 year old father and 74 year uncle wear) but maybe some LHS to round out the collection.
Thanks for the advice.
As a guy who started working professionally in the 70s, I have enjoyed reading the comments of some of my contemporaries about the transition away from business dress. I am in court or depositions maybe 50% of all work days, this is the case now and has been for decades, but until about 15 years ago, say 2005-ish, it was business suit 5 days/week. It was expected, and all I had in my closet frankly. For shoes, it was 1 black bal, 1 brown bal, and 1 black tassel. I still think of that as the core of a business footwear wardrobe.My career was suit/tie 5 days a week. Company would send people home to "dress appropriately" if one didn't have a coat/tie and showed up. Then the late 1990's hit and all of a sudden people were showing up
"casual" on Fridays, then Thursday and Wednesday and then all the time. The "old timers", myself included, continued to wear a suit/tie. By the time I retired 4 yrs ago, there was no longer an effort to dress "business like". It amazed me that people in the financial services industry, would dress so casual, sometimes more casual than their clients. I had more than one potential client tell me, I don't trust that guy (when talking about an advisor), he's wearing jeans and sneakers.......Oh well, I'm out of there and they can figure it out on their own now, but at least I can still wear decent footwear....
Now, I still wear bus. suits about half of the time, I love a nice suit, that will never change for me. But I have worked more shoes and loafers into the suit rotation. But for the other 50% of the time, I have built a new wardrobe around sport coats and odd trousers that I truly enjoy as much as the suits, and have really expanded the footwear to include boots and bluchers and suede loafers! Thanks Alden (and AE)!! No dress sneakers or white cup sole "casual" stuff here. Its my issue, no judgment intended.
I too have observed many of my younger colleagues trying to pass off Just Rolled Outta Bed Saturday Morning Casual as business casual on their No Court days. It is a big fail, to me, but its their choice and I'm not gonna be the dress code guy. I dress for me, they can do what they want, its a free country. I do think they are missing a great opportunity to enjoy wonderful jackets trousers and shoes!