I was strolling through town a couple of days ago, pretending I wasn’t late for work, when I came across an unusual sight. There was a young lady who looked no older than maybe twelve or thirteen. She had giant sunglasses and a backwards cap, a ‘top’ that was barely more than a bra (I think it’s called a ‘boob tube’ or something)’ and a pair of shorts that she had fashioned by cutting the legs of some jeans. Now the thing that struck me about the jean-shorts was that the desperate girl had cut them so short that her pocket linings were clearly hanging down her thighs.
This isn’t a rant about how twelve year olds shouldn’t be forced into the mindset of having to dress provocatively at their age; I’ve done that shtick before (see here), this is just about how badly I can’t reconcile what I consider to look acceptable, with what other people wear…
I’m not a very stylish person. I buy a couple of cool-ish items of clothing once or twice a year (if I absolutely have to), but beyond that, I’m not overly interested. Interestingly enough however, is that despite what little opinion I have of my own ‘fashion’, I find myself so astounded when I see certain people around in public. ‘Pocket linings girl’ was pretty funny, but what about ‘massive headphones around his neck that aren’t plugged into anything guy’, or ‘pants so low he has to spread his legs and walk with a limp guy’, not to mention ‘so much fake tan, you turn luminous orange girl’, ‘bright pink army camouflage dude’ and the ‘all in one matching jogging suits with bright white shoes couple’.
I just find it so strange that some of these garish costumes can make it through the filtration process that goes on in all of our heads when we look in the mirror. I mean, what went wrong? How can they stand in the mirror, check out the half-shaved head, pull down the trousers, pull up the hood, and think to themselves “Yeah. That works. That’s good. I’m ready to go out looking like this.” It just seems like there’s a part of their brain that should be saying “Hey, buddy. You might just want to rethink everything that you’re doing right now.”
But hey… This is all coming from a guy who wears mismatched shoes, so if I were you, I probably wouldn’t give it a second thought.