Based in New York city, The philosophy of dress is a blog dedicated to smart style inspiration by Britt Erb

I liked Marianne Williamson’s outfit the least 

I liked Marianne Williamson’s outfit the least 

I have no serious qualms with what Marianne Williamson had to say during last week’s democratic debate, per se, but I was irrationally offended by her whimsical paisley shell and nausea inducing sea-foam green 70’s style pant suit. 

Joe Biden chose a somewhat vintage look as well, wearing his favorite brand of “restoration” and “normalcy” by way of curt and hollow proclamations, which were strikingly reminiscent of the kinds of evasive bromides which politicians of yore typically doled out to address-but-not-address the tough and messy moral ambiguities which historically dog American life and liberal discourse. 

He should know that this prudence is so out of step with left leaning progressives who depend on passionate displays of wokeness and cries for social justice as their modus operandi so I can only hope his reticence does something for the democratic voter who can’t get down entirely with a full on leftward swing. But maybe the rest of the country is into retro. Really, I don’t get out of New York much so I can’t say.

By these standards, nobody could be hotter than Kamala Harris. She swaddled herself in the indignation that cuts down all who do not capitulate to her righteousness. Indeed, hell hath no fury like a woman scorn’d and we shall all bear the punishment for it, too. Still, it is a bit confusing that she has adopted pearls—in the same vein as Barbara Bush—as her sartorial trademark. However, I do appreciate a nod to tradition and even more to formality.  

Of all, I am apt to gravitate towards mayor Pete’s skinny tie, which was made popular with the J.Crew ludlow suit sometime while Obama was still in office.  Pete still manages to be empathetic, sincere, and serious which shows you can do that kind of thing while wearing a pristine white collar. Unfortunately, lots of people aren’t familiar with the merits of a skinny tie, which is really too bad as it is a flattering silhouette. 

I suppose what I’m ultimately saying is that it’s hard not to think on Obama after witnessing such a debacle. He had all the right ingredients, assembled just so. No one accused him of being out of step with his time, for one. He had presence, he had style, charisma, could captivate millennials.  He was universally appealing and held himself to the high standards of decency and decorum when speaking, never resorting to below the belt incendiary remarks for the sake of sensationalism or one upsmanship. One got the sense that he was for all Americans.  And this is an outfit that will never go out of style.  


Style ruts are real: why they happen and how to break free

Style ruts are real: why they happen and how to break free