“Such city is a blue-collar city.”, “Grass Knolls is a white-collar community.” The terms “blue-collar” and “white collar” have denoted for a very long time a person’s profession. “Blue collar” jobs would be working in construction, mines, steel mills and “white collar” jobs, taken from the very name were jobs in offices where the dress would be dress shirts (usually white) with a black tie. Nowadays, the terms have gravitated to describe things or places as in the above first sentences. They also have stayed around fashion to describe particular styles, specifically blue collar style. Many fashion houses produce a line of clothing with durable fabrics or multiple pockets for uses at work or recreation such as camping or hiking. The fabrics could be heavy cotton, flannel or wool. Pockets could be placed on both sides of the chest and possibly along the arm. As always, jeans are a “blue collar” staple with Levi’s 501xx being the original model created almost 150 years ago by Levi Strauss & Co.
“White collar” fashion although many times denoting arrogant blue-blooded, country club millionaires has faded with the use of the standard white dress shirt, purchased in a department store, to a bland accompaniment of a wardrobe combination. The term has stuck around modern day lexicon as in “white collar” jails for “white collar” criminals. Now, specific places, professional sports teams and general qualities of a person also take on either “blue collar” or “white collar”. What this means is that whatever conclusion is reached in your journey through style, whether blue or white collar, its in the qualities you display as a person that will merit the definition. Many times a man’s style journey will make “pit stops” along this spectrum, stopping to see if the looks fits or not. No man whether a “regular joe” or celebrity has ever jumped out of his mother’s womb looking like a king. What is important to learn though is never to let your wardrobe choices and style journey be dictated to you by someone else. A man’s wardrobe choices are his visual display to society, his keys to the inner doors, the “second look” or the firm handshake by the President of the company. All one has to do is bring his character along.