Don Draper in his signature look, a charcoal grey suit with slim tie and white pocket square.
Picture a close buddy in your head. What is he wearing? Maybe it’s blue jeans, a T-shirt, and a leather jacket, or possibly a white button down shirt with chinos. A charcoal suit with black shoes, maybe?
There’s a high likelihood that you've pictured your friend in their signature look, whatever that may be. Now think about yourself, do you have a signature look?
Maybe you have a favorite article of clothing that is part of that look. Those raw denim blue jeans that have creases and whiskers that you've personally created. That old trench coat that you just can’t leave home without. The watch that your father passed down to you when you graduated high school. Personally, my look has changed quite drastically in the last several years, mainly because my tastes have been changing. However, this doesn't mean that I don’t think I've had a signature look for elongated periods of time.
Here are two from the past. There was some weird stuff going on with lighting on my camera though, so forgive the weird photo quality.
During my college days, my friends will tell you that it was definitely a UCLA fitted baby blue cap, hooded sweater, and blue jeans.
During my first several years in the working world, it was a Lacoste polo shirt, dark blue jeans, and dark sneakers.
If you have a signature look, I say embrace it. It's a huge part of who you are, even if you don't think so. So even if you want to improve your wardrobe as a whole, maybe it makes sense to keep your normal look in tact, just with upgraded pieces that might fit and look slightly better than your previous ones.
Let me know, comments, tweets, messages, whatever!