Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why hello, Soapbox.

Today's blog is about Fashion. And how I LOATHE it. This is a rant. A very TRUE rant. 

Do you remember back in the day.... let's say middle school/junior high. (shout out to my middle school: Wasatch Middle)  There were the rich kids and there were poor kids. How did we tell them apart? Their clothes. In my day it was Girbaud Jeans, GAP, Espirit, and GUESS.  I had a GUESS shirt... but my mom got it for me at a thrift store. So yeah, I was one of the poor kids. 

When I was a Junior in high school, I had to write a report on a controversial subject. I chose the subject of "School Uniforms". I took the position of pro. I still stand by that position. If I had it my way all schools would require uniforms. I don't think I have to explain this to you. I'm hoping it's pretty obvious given the subject matter at hand. At any rate, that's a blog for another day, and it will mostly be copy and pasted from a letter I send to the PTA. Anyhoodle. 

Nowadays, it isn't so much as the name that's on your clothes anymore, it's the style. One minute leggings are in, the next wide leg jeans are in. Then they're out and jumpsuits are in. Next thing you know you're back to pegging your jeans and crimping your hair because "fashion" told you to do it, and you're out $500.

What the fuck is wrong with us? Why are we listening to these people??  It NEVER ends. And you know what else? We TOTALLY eat it up. We buy everything they tell us to, wear it how they tell us to, because we don't want to feel like the poor kid in middle school. We are a nation of "constantly trying to fit it in" people. Don't believe me? Look at those emo kids, the punks, the goths, the hipsters.... they're ALL trying so hard to be different that they end up all looking the same. That's why we're able to group them up so easily. 

Why can't we just wear the clothes that look good on our bodies? That fit our budgets? That feel good on our feet? Hair color, Hair style..... Jebus, HAIR STYLE! What ever happened to letting your hair do what it naturally wanted to do?  Not everyone has the face shape for for an A-line bob. 

Let's put this into perspective. How many girls have you seen in skinny jeans that should NOT be wearing skinny jeans? OK, now- how many girls (in real life) have you seen that DO look good in skinny jeans? SEE????? Pick anything! Leggings! Flats! Tunics! It's like we're waiting around for a style that suits our bodies. Why can't we just wear that all the time?

Last fall I bought a boat load of skinny jeans, then spring rolls around and they're all "wide legs pants are in!!" Great. $300 in jeans later I'm already out of style. I don't even look good in skinny jeans! (they may as well be leggings if you ask me) But I bought them anyway because everyone was wearing skinny jeans tucked into knee high boots. A look I ADORE actually. 

They change the fashion and style so they can make more money on us going out and revamping our closets. I get it. It's business. But why do we succumb to fashion that doesn't look good on us?? It's mind boggling. If I had my way (again- in my perfect world of school uniforms and me as a dictator) Loose levis would ALWAYS be in style and t-shirts would be the norm. Don't get me wrong- I love the idea of new ideas coming out every fall and spring. But to say something is OUT of style, is just mean. If I spent $100 on clothes I want those clothes to last a long time. I'm not buying clothes just to throw them out a year later because someone said it's not in style anymore. 

OK, now this is the part where I try to wrap all this up into one cohesive argument. 
If it looks good, if it feels good- we should wear it without being judged.

 And speaking of judging, DON'T EVER LISTEN TO SOMEONE WHO SAYS 
1) yes they do
2) they say that, then turn around and judge someone else. ??????????? seriously??

Leggings, you like 'em? Wear them. Fake nails, you like them? Wear them. White after labor day? Fuck it, wear it. WHATEVER. You know? This whole thing is so stupid. It's just a way to keep people separated into classes which is all a facade anyway. People who look like they have a lot of money are usually broke and thousands of dollars in debt. People who don't look like they have a lot of money are putting 2 kids through college, have a gigantic trust or are smart with their money. When are people going to realize that we need to judge people because they're assholes, not because they shop at Target? 


  1. Ahh, girl...I'm with you. Not only because I don't care about fashion, which I don't, I've got too many other things on my plate to keep up with the styles. I stick to the tried and true. Jeans, basic sweaters/shirts, flip-flops or tennis shoes, shorts. The colors are quiet, so I can slip by unnoticed. I like it here under the radar. Gives me more time and energy to put into my writing. And truth? I do care a little about what people think, but not enough for me to conform. Not worth the effort.

  2. LOL! Just asking - why are you trying to keep up with the trends. I don't have the money/time/desire/shape to change with the fashions. Every once in a while, I'll splurge on a must-have, but my caveat is a "must-fit". If the style doesn't suit me, another season goes by without a change from me.

  3. I've also given up on fashion trends as a whole. While I still try and look reasonably pulled together when I go out, I'm definitely not pulling off the same "hipness" I used to have. (or maybe didn't ever have?!)

    Different is good. Smart is great. Not wasting money is both.

    Great post/rant!