Yes, one more blog about this subject. Care to continue?
It’s been a joke for decades about architects wearing black. Just search the internet for architects wearing black and you’ll be tied up all morning. Years ago Bob wrote about it, Jody wrote about it, I even found a video about it. Yes, there’s even a book about it. It just is.
I actually have this shirt that Jody designed years ago. It’s still funny.
I also have the Archispeak shirt…and guess what color it is.
I can’t say I know how far back it goes, but when you get any number of architects together in a room, especially one where it’s an after-hour event, you’ll see about as much black worn as one would find at a funeral. If you’re still reading this and you’re shaking your head, all I ever promised is to “share how architects think.” I never said it was supposed to make sense.
Why do I wear black? I thought about that one morning while getting dressed and I suppose I boiled it down to three reasons. I don’t think the second actually one counts. Maybe none count.
Identity – I admit that if I am going to be associated with a profession by my appearance, I’d prefer to be accused of being an architect. Years ago, I changed my day to day garments to a bit more casual because I’d rather not be mistaken for a banker, lawyer or accountant. I mean no offense to them, but I’d like to come across as a creative type who also appears professional. Black is no color, but it’s minimal. It’s mysterious and cool like Johnny Cash. It’s tough yet Bohemian. It’s not a color choice – perhaps it’s a non-decision. Don’t take this too seriously.
Ease of shopping – Most of my clothes are purchased by my wife. I really don’t like to shop and I really trust her taste. She’s not buying into this game of black, but will respect the creative aspect. She will buy interesting colors and artsy type things so that I am correctly identified. I trust her completely not to make me look stupid – I can do that for myself. I dislike shopping so much that when I do buy something, I pick up black and move on. Most of my other “things” are black. I have black phone case, sketch book, computer bag, mouse, pens, markers, shoes, wallet, project binders, book shelves. It goes on.
Lack of decision making – Face it, as architects we make thousands of decisions daily for ourselves and for our clients. We are not the type to simply pick something without a laborious, borderline annoying process of considering every alternative and winnowing down a selection for the comfort of knowing we’ve chosen the best solution. This thought type spills over into our menu selection at a restaurant, the color we paint our walls, the place we choose to go on vacation and just about every other decision. It’s the way we think and it’s the strength of our psyche that becomes our greatest weakness at times. When I stand in front of my closet, I don’t want to make a decision. I just want to get dressed and move along. I don’t need to be trendy or fashionable, just professional and not look out of date. Thinking of ways to match this shirt with these slacks is mind numbing. I can’t imagine how women do it. Sure I could have white shirts and dark pants and have the same ease, but I also have to satisfy reason number one above. If you’re not laughing by now, you haven’t really been reading this.
This is today’s look.
Every post can’t be serious right?