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Raising a skater taught me so much that it was worth the price of every complete I funded. The graphics alone paid for themselves.
Skate style, obviously, has driven the retail clothing market for some time, and some of the practices are very efficient. Clothing storage and handling systems are vestiges of the Fifties, when a decent wardrobe had to be ironed. My skate lad’s willingness to dress off the floor in layers of T-shirts used to perturb me, but the official hands-off policy about his room protected him from any but health and safety concerns.
When the nest emptied, I slowly turned the house into the workplace we had originally visualized. Designer Marc Jacobs used skate culture as a source and inspired me to adopt a low-profile version that serves just fine. Layers of light-gauge knits, bottoms that work for exercise, and slip-on shoes accelerate the day, support freedom of movement, and respect social boundaries.
The design strategy is not very different from the original preppy dress code that prescribed quality classics that can go from field to high-rise without a hiccup.The Preppy Handbook and Cheap Chic lay out the basics.
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