How do you look


a quote from ms. vreeland goes "what do I think about the way most people dress? most people are not something one thinks about." while it doesn't keep me up at night, i am most definitely aware of the way others around me are dressed. if you’re savvy about and invested in your own appearance, then odds are you’re interested in others’ (or is it just me?). to a large degree, magazines merely fill the void when i’m inside and don’t have people-watching opportunities. when out and about, often i have something on my brain that i’m musing about for myself, and so i look at that feature/aspect on others, like research (hair, shoes, etc.), in an attempt to gain some objectivity, since looking in the mirror is a highly subjective thing. one thing i seldom do is judge. it's all good, in my opinion.

how invested are you in how other people dress?

6 comments:

Carlene said...

It's not just you.

I think it's a pageant. A parade just for me. There's a particular coffee shop nearby, and I think people dress to go there (college age, lots of elderly, moms and kids). It's so much fun (especially the older folks).

There is no finer entertainment in my book than sitting in a restaurant window or sidewalk cafe in the city and watching the fashion parade.

(When I'm really bored on public transportation, I play "Whose the Best Dressed?", men's and women's editions, which is really fun because people keep getting on and off and throwing the game. It's a sickness.)

GenX Theorist said...

Like you, I am also all about the research aspect and just love to look at style, counter-cultures and sartorialist expression as indicators of what's-going-on-now.

I used to live in San Francisco which was a wonderful place to people-watch. Here in Portland it's more pockets of interesting stuff but overall street-scenes, not so much, unless you're in certain parts of town.

Oddly enough, I feel my own personal style really developed more here - perhaps by virtue of having less trend influence around? But, I also noticed that I do get depressed if days go by without any interesting fashion-sightings. I don't judge an individual on their clothing choices - but I do get depressed when all I see for miles is a sea of jeans and fleece. To me that's just uninspired. It goes back to what we were talking about with futuristic expression stuff.

Carlene said...

genx theorist wrote:

"Oddly enough, I feel my own personal style really developed more here - perhaps by virtue of having less trend influence around? But, I also noticed that I do get depressed if days go by without any interesting fashion-sightings."

This is exactly how I feel. And sometimes many, many days go by. I have begun complimenting people just for making the effort in a land where not too many do.

Iheartfashion said...

Street fashion spotting is one of my favorite activities as well. There are lots of funky art student looks in my neighborhood, which is fun, but my favorite people-watching always happens on vacation, seeing the subtle variations on how clothes get put together in another country or region.

GenX Theorist said...

Oui, Carlene, I do the same. I used to be all about noticing shock value fashion as my "thumbs up" indicator. Now I simply notice when someone has made an effort and is doing something, anything for expression's sake.

Help me...help me..... ;)

Candid Cool said...

I take street style pictures so I'm pretty interested in it. And I appreciate the notion that someone took consideration in presenting themselves to the world.

Take for example, you'll be treated nicer in a store when you're dressed nicer than in sweats & shirt.