In the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to travel to both Las Vegas and Mexico for purposes that were not completely leisure or fun. As part of the travels I found myself wearing a suit for some of the days.
Needless to say, Las Vegas and Mexico allow for two different levels of dress. In Las Vegas, pretty much anything goes. And given I was there to attend the MRket, Project, Capsule and other shows one could especially wear whatever they pleased. Given that, I took the liberty to put together some rather aggressive ensembles. Including some based around the cream linen suit and purple suede wingtips (both pictured below).
Mexico, it would be wiser, I figured, to tone things down a few levels. So I opted to replace the cream linen with a navy silk/wool blend jacket and the purple suede with brown suede. Much more conservative choices. In the end, I was glad I toned things down. I don’t mind attracting attention with some of my wardrobe pieces, but I do not like to overdo it. Especially in a foreign country, which a cream suit would have certainly overdone it in the part of Mexico I was in.
Part of this was just dressing appropriately for the circumstance and the other part I would like to label as sartorial relativism.