THE BACKLASH, IT SEEMS, HAS BEGUN
I don’t need to reblog NTB’s epic instant-classic 25th Hour rant because you’ve probably already seen it. This isn’t long after a GQ article ruffled some feathers by calling BS on streetwear and Park and Bond* called bullshit as well.
The #menswear scene has officially become a target for parody.
I started reading these blogs a year or two ago because I was clueless and wanted to dress better. I’ve learned a ton and I thank every one of you that’s entertained and educated me, all for free. Perhaps it’s the novelty wearing off, but there now seems to be a sameness and predictability to my dash that is disheartening. How else could it be so easy to make fun of?
One figures out quickly that there’s usable advice, and then there’s fashion-consumer-porn. What’s the real ratio of people buying Cucinelli to people (re)blogging about it? Wild guess: 1:900.
Maybe I’m still a green-circle noob in a black-diamond world who doesn’t “get it”. I could just, you know, stop reading and leave. I’m staying behind and complaining, though, because this can actually be FUN and FRESH once again.
Please: stop reblogging photos of some delicate hipster wearing dub-monks and a bowtie. Cut back on the label-whoring, the one-upping and the WIWT narcissism**. More usable info that applies to our real lives, not some Pitti Uomo fantasy. Actual personalities and original content, not just lookbook reblogs.
If “dressed by the internet” is an officially coined phrase, then it’s time for the “dressed by the internet” look to die. There’s a lot of talk about “finding your personal style”. Let’s all actually try that instead of wasting money competing in the Online Steez Olympics and posing for attention. How great would that be?
I don’t have the answers, but I doubt I’m alone in feeling some malaise. Evolve or die, #menswear.
*Take P&B’s advertorial content with a grain of salt, because they’re ultimately a Mr Porter knockoff and want you to keep buying their luxury goods.
**The Silentist does a lot of WIWT posts, but he easily gets a pass because it’s all part of his personal project, rather than the pointless peacocking found elsewhere.