Things I learnt from Tom Ford’s A Single Man

The wonderful Andrea over at Fox in Flats shared this image yesterday:

 

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I re-shared it on my personal instagram and was surprised to see how many likes it got. So lots of us do this, hey?

There’s a scene in Tom Ford’s film, A Single Man, that I thought showed this well. We watch George (played by Colin Firth) wake up from a disturbing dream and go through the mundane motions of getting dressed for work –

“It takes time in the morning for me to become George, time to adjust to what is expected of George and how he is to behave. By the time I have dressed and put the final layer of polish on the now slightly stiff but quite perfect George I know fully what part I’m suppose to play.”

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fake it til you make it

The structured routine of putting one’s armour on, can for some, be conducive to getting into the motions of a day. George fakes it in a wardrobe meticulously picked out by Tom Ford. Available for gents at the Paris-end of Collins street at Harrolds, fashionistas on a budget might like to try snaffle a luxurious Ford lippy on Strawberrynet.

How do you deal with down days?

I find it handy to have go-to outfit pieces to wear. Personal stylist, Meagan Harding, advises on laying out some outfits the night before to make things a little easier on yourself in the morning. I’m also on the look out for a nice vintage ladder like this for such displays.

I also like to see what other people wear to work to inspire me to tweak my workwear armoury. I hope that the streetstyle photos that I share here on the blog help keep you similarly inspired. Any thoughts on what else I can do to help make getting dressed for work easier for you?

Things I learnt from Tom Ford's A Single Man

Why all the photos of folks lying down? All are scenes from Ford’s film; allow me to explain the relevance. I’ve just recently finished doing a 21-day yoga challenge where we begin and close each practice by getting down on the floor. It struck me how as adults in the western world, we often don’t take the time to lie down on the floor. At the end of each yoga practice, we get into the Shavasana or corpse pose – where we’re encouraged to let go in the same way that we will need to when it’s our time to go. I find it wonderfully grounding and meditative. That Ford shows his characters on the ground a lot reinforced for me the contemplative nature of the film and the importance of making the time to get down on the floor and re-connect with ourselves.

Good luck, BusiChics! We’re all in this together xx

Usually on articles like this there is a note saying to get in touch with BeyondBlue if you need assistance. Other alternatives are doing regular exercise and consulting loved ones, your employer’s employee assistance program, kinesiologist or psychologist. Finding what works for you can be a bit like Cinderella’s prince trying to find someone who fit the shoe – but when it fits, it does feel like things get a little better. Although the “happily ever after” – don’t we know that things aren’t that simple!

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