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Individuality…..where, what, how?

I’m not sure this is the best title for this blog, but it will have to do.

I read this fascinating blog post this morning, and the title is not much better than mine, but she makes a very interesting exploration into the way we dress, or for her more specifically, the way we don’t dress – not that we’re not wearing any clothes, it’s the clothes we’re wearing.

Have you been to a meeting, proposal, seminar, workshop or any gathering where you are hoping to learn something from someone else who knows more than you, and you walk in, take one look at their appearance, and think, “Gee, this guy/gal has less on the ball than I do,” simply because his/her dress is either not appropriate or is way, way off target?

Sandy Ericson, the author, goes into this, and it’s a fascinating thought process.  Although I can see where she’s coming from, I have to wonder if a lot of this didn’t necessarily come from the revolution of the opulence of the 80’s – Grunge.  This movement was mostly inspired by Kirk Cobain who dressed in flannel shirts and clothes from thrift shops as they were durable and effective.  There wasn’t so much of an attention put to the clothes choice as a fashion statement, as it was just a means of not wasting time (such as bathing and grooming – seriously – – I don’t joke – read it here!)

So from that came the “bed head” look for hair and just generally a lack of any sort of grooming whatsoever.  And to a certain extent I can understand that.  The opulence and excess of the 80’s was a bit much (but I tell you the clothes were gorgeous), and there had to be a revolution against that.  Anyway who understands anything about art, knows that this is the normal progression of art.  It swings from one side of the pendulum to the other.

So for me the lack of grooming and care for one’s appearance is more about that movement than anything else.  But it is an interesting read, and it’s very interesting in the explanation of why so many folks look so sloppy all the time.

Here’s some other thoughts I have, having lived a few years on this ole planet:

  • This was the normal turning away of an opulent period of fashion
  • Sloppiness (particularly in hems and fit) is acceptable because we ask so little of that part of fashion (fit and a well-groomed look) because mass-merchandised fashion can’t provide that well-groomed look.  When we shop if the hem is too long, it’s perceived as fashionable;  if the sleeves are too short, it’s fashionable;  if the fit is too tight, it’s fashionable – that sort of disposition.
  • Once a fashion or trend or look is repeated enough times it’s considered main-line or acceptable, therefore no matter how many times torn knees in jeans, torn elbows in shirts, heavy clunky boots and that sort of look are seen, and admittedly are messy and unkempt, it doesn’t matter because that is now fashion and part of an accepted, sought-after look.

Part of my joy and excitement about fashion these days is that we are returning to grooming and fashion that is pretty.  Fashion’s job for so many years was to make us look pretty, and sometimes (and although I understand, but don’t mistake that to me that I ever liked that Grunge look) it doesn’t (as exemplified by Polly Mellon’s great quote during the middle of the Grunge fashion craze saying:  “Ugly is the new Beautiful!”).  But when we return…….

Ooooo la-la!!!  What fun!

Here’s the dead-give-away for me….the punk child of a Grunge rocker is looking positively lady-like!!!!  What more convincing evidence that pretty is back!

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