How to dress is an existential question, so it might be useful to consider how Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir might dress were they alive today. Incidentally, we’re not the first to pose this question. But Manhattan Makeovers is the first image clinic to offer client guidance on the issue. Perfect for philosophers and philosophy grad students, or indeed for anyone who admires the work of Sartre and de Beauvoir.
The first thing to note is that they wore conservative outfits. Sartre was often in a jacket and tie. Simone de Beauvoir, his lifetime companion, wore skirts and blouses. They both also smoked.
A Dangerous Liaison: A Revelatory New Biography of Simone DeBeauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre by Carole Seymour-Jones is worth a read if you’re interested in this pair, and it contains some nice black and white photos. The book focuses on their romantic relationship and is an eye-opener, even for Sartre and de Beauvoir scholars.
Attorneys are especially in need these days of new role models. Many lawyers are overworked and underpaid, and some feel considerable angst about having chosen a profession that leads to the same kind of cases ad nauseam. Some attorneys yearn for a way to spread their wings and fly—at least a little. One way to do this is to incorporate a few existential motifs into your business attire, such as thick frame glasses a la Sartre, or skirts and blouses a la de Beauvoir.
Remember that both Sartre and de Beauvoir were artists as well as philosophers. Sartre was a novelist and playwright, de Beauvoir a novelist. Contemporary artists can pick up a few tricks about how to dress from them. To learn more about how to dress like an existentialist, we invite you to contact the image consultants at Manhattan Makeovers. Your partners in style.