March 5, 2006

One thing I really hate to see as I walk around the city, is all of those girls wearing the same thing. I'm sure they all think they are very fashionable, because they are keeping up with everyone else, but really they just all look the same. The uniform at the moment seems to be a big puffy bomber jacket, with elastic at the waist and a strip of fake fur trim around the hood. Pants are some kind of tracksuit style, again with elastic, this time at the ankle. Shoes, when something other than black or white runners, are these funny little flat black mules, very flat, no heel at all, and made of plastic not leather. Bear in mind it is literally freezing out there and these chicks are getting around in mules – feet half bare. Then there's the hair. Straight as can be, dodgy highlights, scraped back hard into a ponytail. Sometimes it's a mullet, although the mullet-wearers tend to be a bit more Topshop-fashiony. But as for the track-pants-wearers, hmm, I think I've just described what is known over here as a chav…

That's not to say that it's their specific choice of clothing that gets to me. When I was in Melbourne I noticed a similar thing, except in that case the girls all looked fabulous, darling, as well they should in the fashion capital of Australia. They may have looked fabulous, but they were still identical to one another: wide-leg black pants, pointy flats, camisoles and cardigans/jackets. Hair: fringe swept up, back-combed a bit and pinned back from the face. Looking great, but samey.

Now I am by no means exempt from criticism. However, rather than looking like everyone else, I think my problem is looking like myself too much – wearing the Same Thing, and wearing it All The Time. I am hoping to organise a clothes-swap party with the girls from work, during the next few weeks. I think this is largely self-serving. I tell myself that they would all enjoy it too, but I still think my wardrobe might be the winner in such a situation. I really hope it catches on though. The danger is that we'll all end up as a big fashion homogenate, but I think we all have enough individual style to avoid that. Can't wait to see how it works out actually.


One Response to “Fashion/Costume”

  1. Me Says:

    You’ll have to let us know how the clothes-swap party goes.

    Like you, I also hate the “uniforms”…but it’s hard to find different styles of clothing, unless you go off the beaten path, which a lot of (especially) younger girls don’t want to do. But, really, go into any store, and you find the same clothes. It’s frustrating.

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