For many men, comfort over fashionability was a thing long before we all got on board the joggers-as-legitimate-work-attire pandemic trend. But even the most casual among us can appreciate effortless style that doubles as professional. And who better to offer up some tips than the immaculately dressed Andrew Hoge. Currently serving as Director of Celebrations at Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Andrew's sartorial experience spans many years, with such notable credentials as Style and Society Writer at Seattle magazine and an internship at Oscar De La Renta. The man knows how to put himself together and with this guide, he's offering tips for webcam-ready comfort.... more
One of the newfound freedoms of dressing during the pandemic is that we can make comfort top of mind. But, for some, it’s necessary to make a great impression onscreen, and that requires more than a T-shirt. I love a collarless dress shirt for these occasions because they are more streamlined than your typical dress shirt while looking fresh and modern.
I have found that keeping a lightweight bomber jacket close by is a fantastic way to make any WFH look more interesting. Not only is this style of-the-moment, but selecting a favorite or eye-catching color is an easy way to appear present and stylish…virtually.
A great wardrobe starts with thoughtful basics that can layer effortlessly with other statement pieces, and this year nothing is more essential than a T-shirt. For maximum flexibility and comfort, I recommend checking out Proto101, a new Seattle-based company, that designs t-shirts that resist stretching, are breathable, and sustainably made.
These pants from Lululemon are a WFH must-have because, on one hand, they are stretchy and comfortable and, on the other, they look and fit like a pair of slacks. I like to say they take me from couch-to-coffee shop.
We spend so much time in front of our computer screens these days, so it’s important to invest in a pair of eyeglasses that offer protection from harmful blue light, and bonus points if they made you look good. I recently started wearing the “Wright” frames from Warby Parker that look great on screen and have my prescription, blue light protection, and anti-glare treatment built-in!
Over the past year I decided to make my fashion choices with more meaning and intention, which, for me, includes shopping locally, focusing on sustainability, and empowering others. That’s why I adore these signet rings from Boma, a local jewelry designer.
Lotion P50 is an incredible facial toner from Paris-based Biologique Recherche and is sold at select spas including Seattle’s Penelope and the Beauty Bar. I use it consistently to gently exfoliate, purify and prepare my skin to absorb the rest of my skincare routine.
We might be spending more time at home but we do, occasionally, have to brave the elements to keep life moving. This requires having a Seattle-ready raincoat on hand. Luckily there are some pretty talented designers in this city creating unique pieces. That includes Luis Velez of Guillermo Bravo, whose vinyl trench coat I am completely obsessed with.
I have been on the hunt for the perfect workout shoe for a while and found them at Lane Eight. Not only are they made with recycled plastic and vegan suede and sell for under $100, but the stylish silhouette is perfectly designed to be worn at the gym or for a casual daytime look.
With more time spent at home, I find that a personal scent offers a unique sensory experience most of us are craving right now. Personally, I love the “Himalaya” fragrance by Creed, a 250-year old brand that creates exquisite fragrances with long-lasting natural oils and essence. Pro tip: to find a scent that speaks to you, visit Anthony Tippins at the Nordstrom flagship in downtown Seattle—he’s the best!
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