Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Trad style, heritage brands, Ivy League style, Preppy....it's coming back around.
I don't think this time the ascendancy of "rich boy" sartorialism has to do with the adulation of The Rich, like it was in the 80s...
And we know how trying to act like we was Rich has ended....Now we're all poor. But when I say...We, I mean, Not me. I don't act rich ...I abhor logo anything, unless that logo is on a pair of worker jeans, or a classic American style.
This time, like the first time when these clothes began, this quality, the traditional brands and the understated style, are meant to last a long time....They are dependable. And that is a conservative value everyone agrees on, I'm sure.
And ...trad style looks cool because it doesn't have to try hard ;-)
Like Cool Ray sunglasses...cool.
Since white people with money are funniest when they pretend to be down with the 'hood....I gift you this video.....
Finally tired of cheap Fast Fashion, perhaps Americans are ready for clothes that are classic, always look good, are made of quality fabrics that are sturdy, zippers and buttons that work well over the long haul.
The classics never go out of style.....So making them the basics of your wardrobe is an idea that is back in style! They're not boring...and most of their charm comes from the fabric that good quality clothes are made from....Excellent fabric looks better and is simply all-around a choice you'll never regret.......
And rotten clothes...bad fit, cheap lack of quality...trendy goofiness....Our closets tell the tales.
The first clothes I remember are jeans, and the second I remember is a sailor shirt in big red gingham. Then there was the black and white saddle shoes...the plaid skirts and Peter Pan blouses my mom bought for me as a little girl. I loved them, but I adorned them with lace tablecloths, gaudy rhinestone jewelry and velvet curtains. Why clothes are so important to me, I don't really know.....Maybe it's that I'm extremely sensitive to touch, sound, smell and feel...not to mention...mood.
The most important thing in my wardrobe always has been and probably always will be... is Levis. The best. And originated in San Francisco.
So, denim. The kids today are calling it Double Denim, which is incredibly stupid. Don't try to fancy me up..It's a Canadian Tuxedo, or a Texan Tuxedo if you're Canadian, G.W. Bush. It's kinda silly unless you are actually working. I love denim as an accent or base for any kind of ensemble.
Classic denim wrap skirt by that American prep/sportswear designer Calvin Klein......we all remember the Brooke Shields kiddie p0rn commercials......."Nothing comes between me and my Calvins" ....and of course...in Back To The Future, Marty's mom thinks Marty's name is Calvin Klein because it's written on his underwear.....And the Kermit the Frog parody of a Calvin Klein ad.
Coming to my etsy shop...very very soon, like tomorrow (If not already there.....)
Ralph Lauren linen skirt.....he deserves at least a whole post just for his design credo....always a personal fave...
Fun fab 80s Chestnut brown leather boots...back when even middle-brow stores carried a good quality leather boot....Don't even think about getting something like this at Payless or WalMart......though this pair has no brand stamp anymore, they are a really nice pair of boots.
Penny Loafers ! always nifty, and never worn with socks...Ha. just saying...
These are by Bass, the style is Weejuns. Someone needs to stick a penny in those coin holders!!
I remember when I was handed 2 pennies as a kid and told to put them in my shoes....so..........
I put them inside my penny loafers where my feet went. The old folks got a good laugh at an earnest little kid that day!
Bass is another late 1800's American company that was old East Coast...in the same n'hood as LLBean (the East Coast was a shoe makin' American powerhouse)...tho these are made somewhere...the quality is super and the leather is sooooo soft.