I was just thinking about a statement I've read on style message boards and heard in conversations, "I don't wear what's in fashion, I wear what I like." Saying that you wear what you like as though this is an entirely individualized statement ignores the role society plays in what you like. You aren't born liking a pair of jeans, or with much of a disposition towards one type or another. Your taste is based in some way on a lifetime of interactions with your environment. Sure, some people's styles fall a little outside of the norm—or in cases even far outside of the norm—but these inclinations are just different reactions to the same standards that others adhere to. The few who are in the position to make this statement, "I wear what I like," tend to look down on those who wear Sevens or whatever else is the jean of the month, and their rationale is that these people are too concerned with what others are wearing. Yet, we spend significantly more time and more money to fit into a smaller category, which, while less prevalent, is in no way unique. If everyone on this board and superfuture met for a luncheon we would look like clones of one another. Sorry if this comes across as hostile, but I'm really having a hard time dealing with my interest in clothing right now, so if this is criticism it is mostly a criticism I have of myself. There are several issues brought up in this post so feel free to discuss any that interest you.