“Casual”, “Formal” – The Sartorial Word Debate
Modern day sartorial connoisseurs are amateurs in the noble sense of the world – in Latin, amator means “one who loves”. They are knowledgeable about clothes and have a certain awareness of style. They do not dress according to the dichotomy between formal demands and casual relaxedness but rather in accordance with their own tastes. Those tastes are not arbitrary as they are based on the historical development of sartorial practices throughout the 20th century.
Given the creative freedom of modern sartorial icons and their disciples, ‘formal’ is hardly the right word for the flashy outfits that one can see at the Pitti Uomo for instance. And one couldn’t describe that parade of impeccable bespoke and creative attires as ‘casual’ either!
According to the Oxford Dictionary, casual indicates « comfortable clothes that you choose to wear in your free time », which implies that professional time is for uncomfortable suits. But today, except in very specific professions, people no longer have to wear a suit to work.
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