Yes, I understand the difference between fashion and style, but do any of you find yourself doing things that are DELIBERATELY not fashionable or non-trendy? For instance - when I wear 3 piece suits or vests, I very frequently wear my inherited pocket watches, with the watch chain and fob across my stomach. I've never seen anyone wear a pocket watch on the streets of Atlanta (or anywhere, for that matter) and I must say, I enjoy the anachronism and the fact that it's "outdated" - and no one else seems to do it - it's an "anti-fashion" statement. I revel in its unfashionableness. Similarly, I never wear any jeans other than Levis 501s or 505s - They were the first, and the original, and I don't care what fashion dictates as the correct cut, color, brand, or acid treatment. I will wear bright new blue or faded Levis straight cut only and consider any other brand, and the people who wear them, with suspicion (though, I do believe the whole State of Nebraska wears Wranglers) and as slaves to fashion. I've even taken to wearing a blue seersucker suit and white bucks in the summer - and, though, I live in Atlanta - it still takes courage (I'm 36 - not THAT old) and, personally, I've never seen anyone else down here wear one (I'm told, one will see them worn by old men in some of the smaller county courthouses). But, again, I like that it's so decidedly un-fashionable (maybe un-stylish, too) - and people DO look at you. And, just generally, I find myself bucking the trend - committing small acts of sartorial rebellion as a kind of thumb in the eye of the masses. I never "do" casual Fridays. I've even donned a coat and tie to go to a movie. I wear a suit to church (unlike 90% of the congregation). It may sound quixotic or silly, but sometimes dressing well is now an act of social rebellion. I find myself standing athwart the flood of casualness, slovenliness, and trendiness and screaming "Stop." - to paraphrase Bill Buckley. How about any of you? What do you wear as an anti-fashion statement or to "buck the trend"?
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10/22/04 at 11:41am