Black and White

It’s easy to see yourself in black and white. People think of you in certain ways. It becomes so easy, too easy to accept people’s assumptions about yourself. You or I aren’t just one thing. Yes, I am interested in fashion. But I am also interested in a number of other things. You, seeing as you are reading this post, must like fashion. However, I wonder if you would describe yourself as strictly a fashion person. You shouldn’t. I might think you are a pretentious shopaholic who spends a load of money on clothes. Luckily for you, I am describing myself so you won’t have to worry about me judging you too hard. That is merely what people think when you say you are a fashion person 9 out of 10 times. Don’t define yourself this way, not necessarily because of what someone thinks of you but because no one should limit themselves to a single definition.

It is easy to see certain circles of people who share your interests and try to become “one of them” by how you dress. There are the hipster circles: the levi jeans wearing, cuffs turned up, light denim j-crew oxford shirt devotees, wearing common project shoes who cut their hair cleanly and keep their shave messy. There are the so called “typicals” who don’t stray to the artsy coffee shops of the hipsters but instead go to their one pump of carmal machiato lo-fat beverage “thank you very much” saying Lululemon clad ladies. There are also the sport guys, or should I say sneaker heads, who know every model of Jordans, buy and sell shoes with a passion, and who follow the shoes themselves more than the players. There are the preppy upperclass elite who conform to Jack Wills, Vineyard Vines, and Patagonia and who wear any one of these brands not because of style but because they are telling the world they are privileged and they know how to dress like it too. But remember, these are generalizations of what are usually true or maybe just satirical stereotypes that feed into our comedic smugness.

There are many more types of people. I have become very good at discerning people’s personalities in this way as you may be able to tell. But the fact is I don’t like doing this. I don’t like assuming things about people by how they dress. But this is what clothes do. This is one of their many purposes. I tend to think I am a very nonjudgemental person. I never point out when someone wears something wrong, or clashes color and pattern, who tries just a little too hard or doesn’t try hard enough. But it is judgmental to judge someone in any manner of way by how they dress. I know how to categorize someone by how they dress. I am giving them a black and white definition that they might as well conform to. But don’t become one of these definitions and please don’t assume their implications whole heartedly.

It’s not worth limiting yourself to what people think of you. The black and white implications are just coloring pages for you to do something fun with. And if you end up to be more of a fashion minded person like myself then learn as much about fashion as you can, but also read up on as much nonfashion related articles as you can google. Ignore what people think of you and do what you want. I have found that you can become much more interesting this way.

xoxo,

Cecilia Roses

My Look: Maison Margiela sweater, Contrarian dress, Ikram Chicago socks, and Topshop booties

Photos by Natasha Lerner
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