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Mason Currey (author of Daily Rituals) on famous dudes who wore the same thing every day:
I’m thinking, of course, of wearing the exact same thing every day. This is hardly an original idea—plenty of noteworthy men have adopted a signature uniform, particularly those working in artistic fields. Stanley Kubrick owned a dozen sets of the same slouchy outfit (chinos, blue shirt, cotton jacket, sneakers), and Hitchcock’s closet was stocked with identical dark-blue suits. In 1898, the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie used a small inheritance to purchase a dozen identical chestnut-colored velvet suits (with the same number of matching bowler hats). In the late 1970s, Andy Warhol’s uniform was Levi’s 501s, a button-down shirt, a striped tie, and a navy blazer, often accessorized with a Polaroid camera around his neck. Tom Wolfe was never without a white suit; Steve Jobs had a lifetime supply of black mock turtlenecks. And that’s not even mentioning the many fashion designers who wear more or less the same thing every day.
“Wear a uniform” was #3 on my 10 things I learned on book tour list:
"I like the idea of a personal uniform," says Richard Haines, the fashion illustrator who sketches stylish guys on the streets of New York for his blog What I Saw Today. "Years ago, on my first trip to Europe, I noticed people would wear the same thing everyday and just changed up little pieces. It’s this mentality of having less, but owning quality." And perhaps that’s a good a theory to have right now.
And Rick Owens via @jedsundwall:
It takes me minutes to dress—I’ve worn the same black outfit for years, like a priest. Or a prisoner.
Oh, and the president does it, too.
“Don’t worry about style. It will be expressed no matter what you do. Style is part of the way your brain is wired.” —Luke Sullivan
“The problem with art today: the artist believes he must find a style (or a schtick really) and defend it with his life. And if all the schticks are already taken, he must pull one out of his ass. He must find one, invent one, fabricate one, for he can be nothing if he cannot be original.” —Eddie Campbell
“Style is a capitalist invention. It’s a trademark. It’s very useful in the world of commerce to have a good trademark, but it wasn’t my first concern. I got restless…” —Art Spiegelman
“The way to professional accomplishment: you have to demonstrate that you know something unique, that you can repeat, over, and over and over until ultimately you lose interest in it… The model for personal development is antithetical to the model for professional success….Whenever Picasso learned how to do something he abandoned it.” —Milton Glaser
“In our current cult of originality, the pressure is to have a personal style as soon as possible, and the classroom environments often have this mentality as well. Everyone is freaking out: “What’s my style? What’s my thing?” It’s too much too fast. This race for originality has, over the years, spread from that future-goal timeline to just after college to (now) inside college itself. A safety zone no longer exists.” —Dash Shaw
“When I talk to young composers, I tell them, I know that you’re all worried about finding your voice. Actually you’re going to find your voice. By the time you’re 30, you’ll find it. But that’s not the problem. The problem is getting rid of it.” —Philip Glass
“Don’t worry about a style. It will creep up on you and eventually you will have to undo it in order to go further.” —Gary Panter