Monday, November 26, 2012

notes on the hipster.

there's this notion that if you pick a look-- punk, girly, yourself as a child, yourself as madonna, whatever-- you're being Hipster. and that's a bad thing. throwing the word out the window and just looking at the concept, who says that picking a look is a bad thing? being able to reach into your bag of tricks and pick out a complete, one-hundred-eighty degree turn from how you appeared the other day, how is that bad?

i've tried to whittle down my wardrobe to having the Perfect Shirt, the Perfect Wedges, the Perfect Blazer, and having it all fit into one "category," essentially one stereotype, because it felt clean and polished, but i can't, maybe because i'm too into consumerism. do i like the buy? sure, but it isn't about that. do i have pieces that i've kept forever and ever because they just work for me? yes, of course, but not one of them is the perfect, crisp white button-down. they're all a little bizarre; they're one-offs. i'm never satisfied with those model-off-duty casual pieces, and i guess maybe if i were, they'd be too expensive for me right now, anyway.

but in any case, why do people get all uppity about needing everyone to have one look all the time? there is, of course, dressing ironically, irony for irony's sake, and i understand why that can be silly, but you never know what's around the corner, because that person's trashy dressing could be your treasured inspiration. i mean, look at wednesday addams. surely, she didn't care about looking high fashun, and while she clearly cared enough to dress all in black, she wasn't trying to impress the boys (remember her reply on how she feels about boys? ... Homicide). she wasn't exactly going for pilgrim-chic, surely, and her look was, to the majority of people, a little bit ugly. but she remains one of my greatest fashion inspirations. but then again, so do my little pony, twiggy, and janis joplin... m.i.a., the rocky horror picture show, and mathilda from leon the professional... the list goes on.

see? the list goes on. and if i tried to dress up like all of these characters and more at once every day, i'd be a mess. so i have to pick and choose and add myself to the mix and play around, like everyone else. so why put a negative label on it? i'm just making a character, 'cause all the world's a stage.

ta for now,

music: youth in trouble -the presets


  1. Your pictures are awesome!

    Where is the abandon house behind you in one of the pictures?