Perplexed and Confused. Despondent and Pessimistic.
These feelings come rushing through my head, in quick succession, one after another, when addressing the topic of "cult fashion".
Read on to find out why.
Cult fashion, to me, is quite simply a paradox.
It is heavily involved in attaching people to one another, forming cliques and friendship groups.
Yet, it is ever so detached.
It is detached from every other aspect of society that has ever influenced street fashion; politics, music, high fashion, influential figures, culture.
Perplexed and Confused.
"Why?" you may ask.
Well, the look of cult fashion, (which I won't define, as it changes far too rapidly), seems to derive from nothing but the infamously clichéd and cringeworthy "common white girl." culture.
When considering this look- be it cutoff shorts or white jeans or crop tops or purple Topshop body con basics, it seems to have no connection to anything particularly important, other than the collections released into the local high street stores.
"Why?" I ask.
Why does one opt for this look, which they know that one day, they are more than likely to grow out of.
Do some research. Develop your own style.
You'll stand out more for it, you'll come across as more genuine.
Find an era, an icon, an artwork, a style of music, a manifesto, a space, an album sleeve.
Despondent and Pessimistic.
"Why?" You may ask.
Honestly- I'm scared.
The thought that so many people strive to be the same instead of being different, to me, is such a worrying concept.
What do I wish for?
That everyone were to do their own thing, and knock nothing until they'd at least read about it, or listened about it, or better still- tried it.
There's a charity shop, or a market, or a boutique or something actually interesting not far from everybody.
Do something thrilling one day, and go there, instead of to the high street.
Let go of the skinny jeans that everyone owns, and the way that you pair it with that crop top that half the world has.
Switch it up, find yourself, learn about a culture that you love, create something of your own and be fascinating.
Here's my style post: http://www.thestylehedonist.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/personal-style.html?m=1
Ciao for now,