Jen's Musings

Thursday, January 20, 2005


In my experience, popular youth fashion has had one objective in common throughout the years: to make the wearer look as bad as possible. Here's a brief throw back to some of the awful fashion trends of yester-year:

Hammer Pants (circa 5th or 6th grade): Ok, so you want us to look more pear-shaped?

Afro-centric garb a la TLC and Arrested Development (circa middle school): The brighter, the better, and oh so baggy. We were the whitest black and proud around.

Grunge (I personally stuck with this one for most of high-school): Lots of flannel, corduroys, army boots. I spent many a Saturday thrift-shopping for the perfect ugly flannel.

Towards the end of the grunge period, the movie Clueless was released. One of my favorite lines is when Cher says something like, "Guys roll out of bed, put on their baggy pants, cover their greasy hair with a backwards cap, and we're expected to swoon? As if!"

So, I thought that today's youth had broken free of this seemingly never-ending cycle of ill-fitting garb. After all, there was the logo-print trend, the low-rise pants revolution, and the demystifying of the thong panty. Britney Spears and NSync were the poster-children of high self-esteem and self-respect. People were no longer hiding their bodies behind layers of cloth

However, something has gone terribly wrong and I was confronted with this harsh reality at the Bright Eyes concert earlier this week. Never before had I seen so many people gathered in one place who tried so hard to look homeless. Guys were wearing faux-vintage blazers adorned with carefully placed pins and buttons over faux-vintage t-shirts, some with clever sayings, and meticulously mussed hair. The girls looked like faximilies of the Olsen Twins - pretty girls putting a lot of effort into making themselves look unatractive.

Who is to blame for this Britney-school-girl backlash? Heck, even Britney herself has climed aboard this fashion train wreck. Is the trucker hat to blame, or is this an inevitable rebellion against the label-whoreing days of the early-"aughties"? I for one, am going to try my best to sit this one out.


At January 20, 2005 at 9:47 AM, Blogger sweetems96 said...

woah slow down there killa.... just because you think people look trashy doesn't mean they are. Why we dress like we do is because we refuse to be objects, the feelings the short lived Britney era has created. But never the less, we are not the "homeless" looking people that you say we are. Although some do not care what they look like, a lot do, including the guys. It's called cali style. It's relaxed and it's not being an object. It all depends on who you're friends with, you should know that, being OUT of highschool. You friends dictate what you wear, and this style's been around for a long time. Look at the Beatles, that's where it comes from!

At January 20, 2005 at 3:20 PM, Blogger jeromeo said...

The Beattles? Sweetums is the Walrus. Coo-coo-ca-choo!!
We're all objects whether we want to be or not. You can't "refuse" to be one. Whether you revel in your object-ness a la Britney, or pretend to be above it, you're still an object and will be defined accordingly. Trying not to be an object just makes you "the object who doesn't want to be an object".
I will agree with Yoko on one point though: what you wear does depend on who your friends are. Most people don't mind being a freak in the macro sense but they still need that micro-acceptance of their own little clique. So note to everyone: stop hanging out with the homeless!!

Sweet Cher reference, J!! But don't forget her take on female presentation: "Anything you can do to draw attention to your mouth is good. Also, sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds guys of being naked, and then they think of sex."

Amen Sister Silverstone!! Still, try as I might, my mystification of the thong panty rolls on...

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