You have most likely heard the phrase “it’s a fashion statement”. This phrase was probably accompanied by someone wearing the utmost awkward, uncomfortable, flashy or trashy look possible. Hence the question is dressing for comfort dead? Short answer: no, it isn’t. Back in the day, the vast majority of people wore clothes for their function. Only the rich could afford style and expensive fabrics which sometimes lacked function. Traces of function can be seen in all garments, all the way from double vents on suit jackets (meant to make horse riding more comfortable) to the classic trench coat used initially during World War I.
Nowadays, with the advancement of technology, synthetic fabrics do their jobs way better than their natural competitors. Should we all begin wearing synthetic fabrics only then? Second short answer: No, we shouldn’t.
There must be a balance between comfort and elegance. Had we all adopted all synthetic clothing we would be walking around wrapped in super thin, light and cheap pieces of plastic like in futuristic movies from the 80s. The true gentleman is able to find the balance between the two. Instead, we walk around wearing clothes like in the pictures below! Note that most garments serve a purpose.
The cashmere beanie and turtleneck are very warm picks for the winter. Cashmere is able to maintain your body temperature really well, making you feel warm outdoors and not boiling indoors. Less natural (not natural at all), the most famous alternative is viscose, a man made fabric. In addition to the cheaper price, viscose may make you way warmer outdoors. The heat characteristic comes at a price, probably not letting your body breathe indoors, though.
In our previous editorial, Marco wore a synthetic padded jacket, which not only serves as a stylish jacket but it too keeps you warm.
In this last picture, you can see that Marco wears a leather padded jacket. The different material shows extra effort put into the outfit, conveying maturity and simplicity.