The anti look
Fuss-free functionalism requires a study in refined nonchalance
Remember when all anoraks were hideously uncool? When you could only buy cargo pants at an army surplus store? These days utilitarian influences permeate menswear—blue-collar chic is on the rise! But achieving the perfect balance between pared-down functionalism and looking like a member of the military reserve requires a certain finesse. Barebones dressing is the pinnacle of considered nonchalance. It’s the anti look. The look that says I could be slavishly on trend but I chose not to be. It’s pairing an anorak with a vintage Rolex, a Spanish fisherman’s shirt with Gucci loafers. It’s wearing a waterproof when it’s not raining. Beginners should stick to muted tones—oh, and boiler suits are best avoided.