Monday, November 5, 2007

When Co-Workers Dress Alike

Could it be that when two people work closely together, they start to look alike? You know, like old married couples and pets and their owners? Hmm, let's check out our own Martin & Mazza, a young, smart team who favor a style I like to call "preppy punk." They've spent many months this past year working together in a very small office.

Unfortunately, we only recently started documenting this phenomenon. Here's White Shirt Day: The evening before White Shirt Under Gray Sweater Day (below), Martin tried to throw Mazza off with a text full of crazy wardrobe misinformation:

As you can see, he texted for naught. What's at play here? Are their style moons perfectly aligned or did the intimate office environment influence vital wardrobe decisions? Let's examine the facts: both wear great belts; both favor the dark skinny jean; both keep the tailoring neat; both adopt a stand-out signature [Martin with hats and Mazza with glasses (above) and red nails (left)]. The plot thickens. We'll continue tracking this modern nature v. nurture mystery as more clues emerge.

Where Martin shops in the district: H&M, Macy's, Gap.
Where Mazza shops: Uniqlo and Urban Outfitters. I'll convert her to a district store yet.

Martin says: Get undershirts at the Gap and make them fitted and more comfortable by drying them on high heat. Ahh, nothing like the shirt well done from the dryer.

Mazza says: She'll never buy anything from Sarah Jessica Parker. Mazza's tough, but wait till she hears Bitten has pea coats for $19.98.

H&M, 435 Seventh Avenue at 34th Street, 212-643-6955
Gap, 60 W. 34th at 6th Avenue, 212-760-1268
Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St. btwn Broadway & 7th, 212-695-4400
Steve and Barry's, Manhattan Mall, 100 W. 33rd at Broadway, 212-564-1959