A while back I highlighted the mild and tasteful personal style of the people who in turn design some of the most extravagant clothing in the world. The Wall Street Journal wrote up a similarly themed piece recently, on how designers tend to have uniforms and those uniforms tend toward the basic and versatile, like, you know, most of the things everyone buys and wears.
It’s not a total shock to find out that people who are (1) busily at work and (2) not held to any particular dress code might choose to wear comfortable and decent-looking-but-not-attention-grabbing clothing. A designer wearing their own designs might seem a little egotistical and a little ridiculous–like baseball managers wearing baseball uniforms. (It’s also true that these guys design primarily women’s clothing.) Choosing to stick to an easy-to-wear uniform also communicates that they’re comfortable with themselves and have more important things to worry about than looking perfectly put together themselves. Pictured above are Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta in a milsurp/ denim/ sneakers combo and the designers of Proenza Schouler in not-quite-normcore.