- Apr 10, 2011
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I didn't intend for my post to be a sociological study on how everyone in a bookstore is dressing. Only thatWell. I certainly think there can be healthy discussion about whether bookcore is a "thing" in and of itself. After all, the OP set this up as a discussion thread, so I don't really see why we can't discuss this very fundamental question about what bookcore is. I do appreciate a lot of the looks shown and discussed.
A few of my own thoughts. Probably most styles of dressing that we talk about are at least somewhat intentional on the part of the wearer so that they can have some visible indication of affiliation or identity. As some have pointed out here, most "bookcore" people don't intentionally dress the way they do to establish an affiliation in the same way. To me, "bookcore" says more about the observer than it does about the person in the bookstore. When I go to the bookstore (and I've lived in NYC so I am quite familiar with the Strand, for example), I see a very broad cross section of dressing. Yes, maybe the proportion of people who dress as DWW portrays in his article is higher than what you'd see on the street, but definitely still a minority. Why only mention some of these looks and discard the ones that are less 'interesting'? As a scientist I'd call that cherry-picking your data. [Yes I know this is not hard science, but even in anthropology or sociology I think the concept of cherry-picking who you think falls into your own definition of "bookcore" would apply].
1. Many of the people I consider to be stylish online dress a certain way
2. That way of dressing reminds me of a small section of people I've seen attend bookstore lectures in the Bay Area and NYC.
These are two very small groups of people. The first is a small section of people who are interested in clothes (i.e., people I personally consider to be cool or stylish). The second is a very small subsection of not only people who go to bookstores, but bookstores in the Bay Area and NYC, and specifically people who attend the lectures
Some people find the concept resonates with them, some don't, and that's fine. My post is not meant to be a trend report for all the of fashion world or everyone who goes to a bookstore.