The Daily Ant hosts a weekly ant fashion series, Style Saturdays. This second installment is by our Fashion Correspondant Kathryn Pogin, who is also an Executive Producer of our popular Philosophy Phridays series. Enjoy!
If you’ve ever found yourself tasked with responsibilities beyond your skill set because your wealth, your family, or your social standing have catapulted you to a position of power you didn’t earn on your own merits, you’re probably not an ant. You might, though, empathize with Jared Kushner. Kushner found himself the subject of some couture-controversy this week after sporting a look that, in the words of Drew Magary, says “I’d like to make a war, but I’d also like a mint julep.”
I don’t want to draw any over-broad or unfair conclusions about the difficulties the Harvard College set might have with the appropriate dress code for visits to the Middle East on official government business, but I will say, if you don’t want folks to think of you as a Western imperialist, best not to dress too much like a literal caricature of a Western imperialist. George Bush, even, had better sense than to wear a blazer.
In any case, my first recommendation, of course, is that the Trump administration bring in actual experts, consult with our allies, and stop bombing other countries. But, if Jared Kushner wants to try sporting the flak-jacket look at home, while he’s relaxing with his family, playing paintball with his friends, or just for a bit of extra personal security while he’s running around D.C., I thought today we’d take a look at an ant-ternative ensemble that won’t give the impression he’s just stopping by a military base because it’s on the way to the country club.
This look pairs a pair of practical bugs away convertible trousers (because while we love insects, including ants, we don’t love them in our pants), a casual zip-up jacket from L.L. Bean (easy layers are a must in volatile climates and for travelling), a cool myrmecology themed t-shirt, classic Timberland workboots, and Grey Ant sunglasses. This look says, “Yeah, I know I don’t belong here, but at least I know my bespoke blazer doesn’t belong here either.”