Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by nightowl6261a, Apr 2, 2005.
And this. All the kids around here dress this way, what's up?
I don't like it.
The first look is clean, the second is hopeless. Â
It's youthful expression, fashion pure and simple. Â Not really style, and it will be grown out of with the first career-type job.
A lot of these looks were inspired by California surf and skateboarding culture. Â Older twentysomethings and Newyorkers adapted these looks (tighter tees and jeans, more use of outerwear, etc... more sophisticated and generally more expensive pieces) to fit a more affluent, more urhan "hipster" lifestyle (full disclosure - a tight tee over a similarly tight longsleeve tee with slim dark jeans and some type of accent belt is sort of my uniform). Â The trend really started nearly a decade ago now with the rise of the Maharishi brand, and the popularization of it's embroidered parachute pants by Hollywood celebrities, most notably Brad Pitt, and by the emergin popularity of skate-inspired brands like Stussy and Gravis.
The bottom appears to be some eccentricity you might find on Tokyo streets, but in Atlanta? That's surprising. Although it doesn't offend me in any way, I find the top look to be quite boring. I prefer thermals to plain long-sleeve shirts, or some other change that would make it appear less "dime a dozen."
Steven, I fail to see how it cannot be classified as "style." I suppose if you believe that artist, designer, or musician are not "career" type jobs, your statement has some merit...
Which trend are you talking about? The popularity of streetwear in North America or the short sleeve tee orver long sleeve tee thing?
The short sleeve over long sleeve Tee thing in particular, and the whole skate and surf culture influence on streetwear (primarily in North America) in general.
I prefer the bottom look - slightly eccentric for America (though not for other places in the world, more liberated stylistically). The top one seems pretty standard.
I think it's fashionable and somewhat stylish, in fact I dress like that sometimes myself, but I can't really see people wearing that look 10, 20 years from now. It's too tied to the moment we're in right now.
Artists, skaters, and musicans are cool with me. I think those are careers just as much as anything else.
The short sleeve over long sleeve is a few years older than that unless I invented it (which, as much as I would want to believe it, I sincerely doubt...) but I would have to agree that the prevalence of streetwear as a viable alternative for casual dressing for someone out of his teens is pretty recent.
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