Men Are Dressing for Zoom

Conjuring functional new norms of dress for a nation thrust forcibly into modes of work still unfamiliar to many will take time, Mr. Fudge said. “We’re getting there as a culture,” he said, pointing out that “The Daily Show” host, Trevor Noah, for one, has adapted nimbly to the new normal, shedding the sharply tailored suits he typically favors on air for denim button-downs and high-end hoodies.

“We need to appear to be in control, even if everything is out of our control,” Mr. Fudge said.

Other factors are key to dressing for work, according to Konrad Olsson, 38, the founder and editor of Scandinavian Man. Speaking by phone from Sweden, Mr. Olsson pointed out a truth perhaps lost on those for whom wearing a three-piece suit seems as alien as climbing into a coat of arms.

The traditional suit, he said, was a form of protective gear, a means for demarcating boundaries between public and private, work and leisure, the exigencies of the corporate world and the intimate needs of one’s family life.

“Gay Talese has always been a true inspiration for me,” Mr. Olsson said, referring to the New Jersey-born journalist who, descended from a long line of tailors, holds fast to a belief that dressing up each day for work is a profound and civilizing, almost devotional act.

“He always talks about dressing up for the story,” Mr. Olsson said. And it is true that, even at 88, Mr. Talese continues to knot his tie and slip on a jacket each morning before descending the stairs to the home office in the Upper East Side townhouse he has lived in for decades.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/fashion/mens-fashion-work-from-home.html

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