‘I’m Changing As A Person While On This Path…’
Story submitted by Damien Currano
‘My journey into men’s fashion began just last year. I work in the video game industry at a company called Blizzard Entertainment where the standard daily attire generally consists of oversized shorts or loose fitting jeans and an old gaming related t-shirt. And for many years I too followed that same style scheme. Having been with the company for almost 8 years now and having had the opportunity to travel to other countries, work with dozens of amazingly talented people and be a part of major game launches, it would be an understatement to say that I love it here.'
'All that said, as amazing as it is to work in this industry with such talented and passionate people, in my experience our culture is very opposed to what is generally referred to as anything “corporate”, which in terms of a dress code means that you can wear whatever you want because we’re opposed to wearing suits or any sort of business wear. Now while I am more than in favor of having a free dress code to wear whatever you like, the general opposition to dressing outside of what we’re comfortable with typically means that most people stick to very casually. Which again, is how I myself dressed for as long as I can remember.
That is until one day I was inspired by a man I know who helped to show me that wearing a tie doesn’t just mean you’re a ‘corporate suit’. Gradually I’ve expanded my horizons through tons and tons of research, fashion/style blogs, social media and now take full pride in what I wear and how I present myself. Not only that but in many ways it’s been another creative outlet and of course an expression of who I am and how I’m changing as a person while on this path to self-discovery and elevated personal confidence, which is something that I’ve struggled with for most of my life.
The general attire at my office may not have changed despite the fact that I have, but I feel like I’ve got enough social capital to burn and I don’t mind being seen as someone who doesn’t mind deviating from the standard, just because it’s how everyone else dresses.
Given that I’m still so relatively new to fashion, I can’t wait to see what my closet looks like in another year or so.’