Wednesday, August 27, 2008
DOWN WITH THE TEE!
Is this what young fashion/style has come to? Has good taste been replaced by the graphic tee? The presence of the t-shirt is strongly felt, especially amongst young American style, but to me it is simply a cop out, or a sorry excuse for actually taking time to construct an ensemble. Fashion and style is about diversity, so while I do feel that some t-shirts are acceptable, it must be done with the proper taste. Demographically, particularly in New York City, it seems that the uniform for those between the ages of 16 and 25 are a pair of sneakers, skinny jeans, and a t-shirt that's not worth the prices these young people are paying. If I'm going to wear a t-shirt, I'd much rather it come from the Marc store in SOHO for $30, mix it with a cropped pant or a pair of chinos, and a flat loafer style shoe. Young Americans have become less and less image conscience. What happened to the days of being clean cut, or the days when every day it appeared that you had on sunday's best? I attend school with many Parisian students, and the first thing I noticed about them is their impeccable taste, and attention to detail. The young Parisians, first of all, are so tall and lean that most everything looks good on them, their aware of their bodies and how their clothes should fit, and they've managed to dress-up the not so popular sneaker. I asked one of the students why you see so little Parisian students in sneakers like the typical American, and she explained to me that in France, people look down on you if you wear sneakers, unless you're riding a bike. France is not the only European country that takes such pride in appearrance, Italy is in strong pursuit. Whether a man from Milan is riding his Vespa with a sport coat, and a pair of $35 converses, the european's manage to make great sartorialistic style come off so effortlessly. I am considering relocating for a year of two to Paris or Milan, just to re-invent. New York City is full of FABULOUS fashion, but I'm young and I don't want to be influenced by my age group. Young people do not take pride in getting dressed, everyone is a clone of each other, and quite frankly I'm fed up. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Paris and Milan, would in a perfect world uniform us all. Your thoughts?