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sartorial /sɑːˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective: relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.

sart0rialplugin-autotooltip__default[read: zero sartorial] is the foundation from which informed decisions regarding your attire can be made with confidence:

  • General self-improvement or self-image issues
  • Maturation and evolution of attire during transitional periods
  • Wardrobe recommendations and/or requirements for employment, events, travel, sports, hobbies, et cetera
  • Faux pas to avoid

Why is the world of fashion so disorganized?

We are digital natives with unadulterated access to the de facto, sole-sourced knowledge-base of all mankindplugin-autotooltip__default[thanks, Al Gore!]; yet we're still looking for answers. Our search is hindered by the lack of concrete information within this abstract realm. Style is a form of expression that cannot be explicitly definedplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big[/stīl/; verb; a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed]. Fashion itself is dictated by cultural trends, which are variable in a given time and place.

Essentially, the world of fashion is built upon a system of chaos; the rules are meant to be understood, mastered, then broken. The best sources of relevant information are consistently community forums and niche blogs or magazines. These mediums do not present data in an organized format fit for easy consumption.

They don't think it be like it is, but it do

This isn't Wikipedia; in fact, the intent is to minimize duplication. Having said that, encyclopedic deets provide context into the underlying principles, guidelines, and rules that govern fashion. Information contained herein are oriented be concise, topical, and substantiatedplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big[however oxymoronic that might seem in this field of study].

tl;drplugin-autotooltip__default[too long; didn't read]: sart0rial summations can be found on every page for a no fluff, baseline knowledge dump.

The zero in sart0rial

I am Joe's enraged, inflamed sense of rejectionplugin-autotooltip__default[ironic quote for a fashion site, eh?].

My given name is Christopher, or the 'Bearer of the Anointed One'plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big[insert "Footsteps in the Sand" punchline here], if you're etymologically inclined and not into the whole brevity thing.

Ground Zero

A majority of my adolescence was spent in The Aloha Stateplugin-autotooltip__default[Hawaii]. I grew up in an era of oversized/baggy clothes, which habitually bled over into my young-adult life. My wardrobe for all occasions consisted of aloha shirts in varying degrees of formalityplugin-autotooltip__default[i.e. formal = muted colors, tucked in]. I was comfortable and did not feel at all out of place given the setting.

Enter Catalyst

When presented with an opportunity to relocate overseas and experience the old world, I opted to pack up my life and bid a fond farewell to paradise.

My wardrobe was inadequate for the new climate. I was ill-prepared for just how inadequate it was in every other conceivable aspect for this alien environment. The fashion culture shock led to an identity crisis. I developed self-image issues and felt the need to better mold how I wanted the external world to perceive me; this feeling manifested through the maturation of my attire.

You know what really grinds my gears?

I recognized my complete lack of knowledge on the subject and attempted to mitigate this with research, which proved to be an exercise in futility due to the lack of concrete answers. Fashion is dictated by trends, which are variable in a given time and place. These trends can be fleeting fads introducing short-term dynamics or perpetual traditions identifying long-lasting norms.

I scoured the gamut of information available at my fingertips with the simple intent to build a foundation from which informed decisions could be made in confidence. The best source of relevant information were consistently community forums and niche blogs. Both mediums run by passionate subject-matter-experts, neither presenting data in an organized format fit for easy consumption.

Wow, you just wrinkled by brain

After acclimating myself to the local standards of dress, I realized just how vanillaplugin-autotooltip__default[That's racist!] my ensembles were. I was reasonably well-dressed, as was evident by the stream of comments and compliments, but my appearance didn't reflect any outward aspect of me.

I was naive. As a result, I was manipulated. The hive-mind mentality behind fashion faux pas, like most presences online, were led by the overwhelming majorityplugin-autotooltip__default[or the loudest minority]. I followed the rules to a T and the result was an empty gratification. It was a revelation. A contrarian angle was necessary to claim ownership of my image and avoid getting lost in the crowd.

My proposed solution

A wikiplugin-autotooltip__default[Hawaii's contibution to the world]! Sartorial guidance via crowd sourced opinions of accepted social norms, standard customs, and rules of etiquette. Each page will have a comments section to to further encourage discussion and social interactionplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big[Reflex save failed! [14+2=16 DC:18] *Wall of Text crits you for > 9,000!*].

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