I love cute and clever ways of interpreting an outfit, but there are somethings that just need to never be done. Why, why should I dare to make rulings on fashion when I have espoused the virtues of creativity and individualism. And who really cares what I think? Eh, maybe no one, but being a logical little creature I tend to find trends that I deem silly somewhat dumb. To me some fashion ideas come off as a desperate attempt to look chic or interesting, and in fact come off more as some nutbar waving their hands in the air frantically screaming, “notice me, notice me!!!” And yes there are so many trends that seem to be saying that, sometimes I think people try out these odd ball trends in order to either a) stand out or b) fit in. Now isn’t that ironic.
For the most part I think of some trends as people trying out new identities, no harm there. Some people are trying to develop character by the choice of clothes, which can be worrying. I know they say clothes make the man, but there is more value if you focus on developing more substantive qualities. Clothing, in my opinion, should be enjoyed and a way of communicating your established identity, after all it is the first thing people see and it does make quite an impression. So what of stupid trends? Is a dumb outfit the calling card of a not so bright person? Maybe, because it is the choice that they made. Or maybe it’s just an off day (we all have those). At this point I would like to point out that I know that the words stupid/dumb/silly are subjective, and while it’s qualitative I would like to explain my viewpoint on it. I think we all make stupid/dumb/silly choices from time to time, but there are some who tend to use make bad choices a personal pattern. Additionally in my mind I think of the words as describing an act done by someone who knows better but proceeds with the poor decision in spite of it. If it is someone who does not understand or does not have the means to make better choices, I don’t view their choices as dumb or anything derogatory, rather just the best that they can do at the time.
What a build up, right? Well here is what prompted this post. I was looking at J. Crew’s tumbler blog and saw that they posted on the PJ top as a daywear. And to this I say, “why, why would anyone do this?” I am all for breakfast for lunch, hey who doesn’t want to do things their own way. It’s fun to have pancakes, sausage, and eggs in the middle of the day or cereal for lunch. Some people get up at noon, maybe they work the night shift, are a late bird, or perhaps have a hang over and want to nosh on a little greasy goodness. But I draw the line at walking out in the middle of the day with my PJs, and I love my PJs. But it looks weird to me, especially with a purse. And these girls look so proud, so proud to look so….I don’t even know. Here’s the pictures so you can understand what I’m talking about, click on it and it will take you to their post.
I remember a former coworker telling me that they worked for this unprofessional company where the owner would come in to work in her PJs, not just sweats and a tee, but negligee and other completely inappropriate outfits. Of course all her employees laughed at her and talked about her, who could respect someone who did that? How can you take orders from someone who couldn’t be bothered to change? I cringe at the idea that this will spread. I really doubt it though. I think some people just want attention and I guess I was the boob who just wrote a whole post on it. A well, I guess I played a part. I’m over it. Sigh…