I’m not sure if we’ve already hit the bottom, but things are grim. Everywhere you look, it is the end of the world, at least from a sartorial sense. Perhaps I’m straying from the usual topics that might be covered by a new sci-fi author, but I like clothing, and I like looking good, and sometimes I wake up and think I’m alone. Sure there are people that think they look good, I’m just not sure what standard they are holding themselves to.
Gone are the days when there were celebrities and film stars that dressed well. Now everyone in Hollywood looks like a bag of shit 95% of the time. Sure they can scrub up for a red carpet or the finals of Wimbledon, but other than that the standards are low almost all the time. Blue jeans, t-shirts, and crappy shoes. It’s almost as if dressing well was a crime. I once thought that the grunge era was the bottom, and if it was we have hit bottom and started to dig.
No, I don’t think that people need to wear bespoke clothing all the time, or need to walk around in tuxedos or suits to look good, but I do think that there is a bare minimum standard for dressing well, and I think that most people today don’t give a fuck.
I was recently at the Walkie-Talkie building (20 Fenchurch Street), and some chap was essentially dressed in a basketball uniform. Shorts, sleeveless top, trainers. What the Fuck court did he just walk off? Does he have a one-on-one with Kobe scheduled later in the day? Does he think he looks good, or worse yet, does he think that was acceptable attire to be in the City of London?
Ladies and gentlemen, wake up. If you dress like a bag of shit, you’ll probably look like a bad of shit, and your attitude will probably reflect that. Go out and buy a decent style book and go from there.
With that in mind, start giving a fuck about where your clothes are made. You live in them. Everyone cares about where their groceries are from, but no one gives a toss about the slave-like labour forces in Bangladesh or Cambodia or China churning out your shitty Zara or H&M shit. Don’t forget the fashion industry is the second biggest polluter in the world after the oil and gas industry. Have some pride and buy local. Yes, it may cost more, but it’ll last, and the person that made the garment will probably have a fair wage and good working conditions.
Lots to think about. Dudes, buy Dressing the Man by Alan Flusser, it’s the bible. Ladies, no idea, but look to women like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O and other legends of the silver screen for inspiration.
Good luck, and good night.