Why Your Personal Style is Your Uniform
The idea of a uniform has always appealed to us (& we’re not talking a button down shirt & plaid skirt kind of thing). Getting out of bed & instantly knowing what to wear gets your day off to a flawless start. However, we also always find it hard to stick to the same formula day in & day out.
Recently, we sat down with three real-life guys & it hit us: a uniform isn’t so much a set of rules, but what makes you feel like you. Bonus points if it translates from work to play.
We chatted with these guys, found out a little bit more about their personalities & saw firsthand how that comes out in what they grab for in their closets.
Brian VanderGast, the executive sous chef at Dumbo House, got into cooking when he was 12 years old & got a job as a dishwasher at a local bar. As a chef, Brian is always on his feet & running around so he likes to keep his look streamlined. It’s all about wearing pieces that don’t inhibit what he’s doing throughout the day.
Five facts we learned about Brian:
- • Favorite accessory? His watch.
- • Never leave the house without? Glasses, a comfortable pair of sneakers & his phone.
- • Favorite thing to cook? Arepas.
- • What his friends & family ask him to cook? Anything off the grill.
- • One thing in his closet he would never wear again? Shiny nightclub shoes.
John Vincent Salcedo, a marketing director at Columbia Records by day & an entrepreneur & designer by night, started wearing only black in August 2014. He decided he needed to stress less about his clothing choices & just keep it consistent. He also says that being in the music industry is a whole lifestyle in itself & definitely influences how he dresses.
Five facts we learned about John:
- • Most played song on his iPod? Goldlink’s Crew.
- • Surprising artist that he’s into? Pretty Much, an up & coming boy band.
- • Best concert he’s ever been too? Hands down, Beyoncé.
- • Item in his wardrobe that’s not black? Purple socks, but he’s never actually worn them.
- • Something exciting on the horizon? He has his own contemporary clothing line coming out that is all made in NYC.
Keeon Scott, a skateboarder & model, is all about traveling light & not having stuff weigh him down. If he can’t skateboard in it, he won’t wear it. So when he wakes up in the morning it’s usually just cargos, bulky sneaks & a t-shirt.
Five facts we learned about Keeon:
- • First introduction to skateboarding? His uncle.
- • How did he start modeling? Scouted on a beach in California.
- • Role models? A$AP Rocky & Dylan Rieder
- • Favorite part about skateboarding & modeling? The freedom.
- • Skateboarding or modeling? Skateboarding over modeling always.