People like to wear clothes. It keeps them warm, shows off their juicy bodies (mmmm) or in my case, covers up their...less than perfect...bodies... ehehe
Whatever the reason, there happens to be a very large market in clothing. And if I had an interest in stock markets, surely I would put my money on clothing stock. But enough about marketing tips; let's get to the point shall we?
When you're a teenager (as I am) you are constantly conscious of how you look, and how other people think you look so clothes are a big matter...Depending on which style you claim to be (Prep, Goth, Punk, Nerd, Other) there happens to be a clothing line made just for you.
Personally, I have a problem with this. Here is my thought: How can you be yourself, be original, and be unique, when the clothes you wear are mass produced in a factory and worn by thousands (perhaps millions) of other people simultaneously around the world? Now there are even clothing lines for those people who don't like to match, wearing paisely with plaid, red with yellow, orange with green, and so on...Here I am, thinking that these people are truly insane, and just buying things and throwing them haphazardly together on their bodies...Now I can see that they really go to a store to get all their non-matching needs at one place...
Everyone at my school proffesses how they are the unique ones. They wear shirts that have witty sayings emblazoned across them and neatly pressed ironed clothes with tags from famous label clothes companies. Surely I am unique when I wear a shirt that half the other kids in the school have...
All of this is leading up to a point (of course) because the point I'm trying to make is this: How can someone be unique when companies are mass producing uniqueness in a factory...?
Everyone in my school wants to be original, no one wants to be thought of as a conformist, or a prep or anything to do with going along with everyone else, but how can they say this when they buy the same stuff as everyone else? To me, this is one of the bigger hypocrisies that exist. "I AM AN INDIVIDUAL! I AM CREATIVE AND UNIQUE! Let's go shoppin momma, I wanna get me that new abercrombie and fitch shirt on sale!"
I'm not saying that I don't do this. I buy clothes of course, I even buy big name things (if you consider Hanes a big company...) But I refuse to get the overpriced clothes that have the sayings, or the nicely made ones that advertise the company on the front. I decided a long time ago, that I wasn't going to have a style. Now I just buy base color clothes, I have about...7 shirts (enough for the week) that are either navy blue, red, gray, or...Actually I think that's all the colors I wear...Anyhow, what I'm trying to say, is that I don't buy big clothing brands, and I dont have a style, because I don't think that to be who I am, I need to buy certain clothes... I dont need to buy my style! I refuse to have a style! However! I have recently discovered that they have labled my very own style "anti-style" GRR! Why is it that humans have this fixation for labeling things?! No matter how hard you try, there will always be a category for you, and a right place, and if you don't fit anywhere then POOF you must be insane and they lock you in a loony bin. But I'm getting a little off topic here...
I despise the so called "Goths" in my school who get their gothic clothes at hot topic, which I know to be a giant store that carries clothing lines that are featured in any other "gothic" store you go to...All these people claim that they aren't conformists, that they live outside the massive mobs of mindless drones...but how can they say that when they buy there clothes from famous brands every other "goth" wears?!
And it's not just them! The jocks and cheerleaders at my school also claim to be un-preppy (I never considered them that anyway, you're either nice, or a bastard/bitch in my eyes) However, all the signs point to the category of prep...They wear tommy hilfiger, abercrombie and fitch, American eagle, name brands and then they profess to anyone who calls them preppy, "uh-uh! I'm not a prep!"
I can't remember where I was going with all this, but I had a point: Everyone is so against conformity...Yet they do the same things as everyone else! Hypocrisy pisses me off!
Has anyone seen that episode of South Park, where Stan wants to become a Goth? They tell him that conformity is disgusting to them, they call the other kids conformist pigs, yet when he asks them what he has to do to be one of them, they respond, "all you have to do is dress exactly like us and listen to the same music we do..." this explains how I feel almost exactly...
I believe I've made my point as clear as possible...
Err! My thanks to aren3 who makes a good point: It is possible to wear mass-produced clothing that is worn by hundreds of other people and still have a unique style if the entire composition of the outfit is considered.
I totally agree, but! The whole thing will make me go into a totally different ranting phase that could quite possibly cause your head to I'll spare you.
Thanks for reading, and don't forget to read some of the reviews because lots of other people have good thoughts that I just don't have time to cram !