Vi kjenner klisjèen "klær skaper folk". Om man blir skapt av de klærne en bærer skal ikke vi påstå, men det er ingen tvil om at klærne vi går med sier noe om hver enkelt av oss som person.
The Sartorialist tar for seg dette emnet i postene "After one year in New York" der han har fotografert Kara og Kelly som har forandret stilen sin dramatisk etter at de flyttet til New York og han spør seg hva som avgjør hvordan vi kler oss:
Kara, februar 2007
Kara, august 2007
"She mentioned the usual stuff like better stores (less mall shopping) and being inspired by the streets of New York (and my blog) and that New York just helped her be who she really felt like she was.
Actually the line that I think was the most telling but that she said like a throw-away qualifier was "I didn't know anyone in New York when I moved here...."
I think that is such a huge factor. To move to a city where you are not afraid to try something new because all the people that labeled who THEY think you are (parents, childhood friends) are not their to say " that's not you" or "you've changed". Well, maybe that person didn't change but finally became who they really are. I totally relate to this as a fellow Midwesterner even though my changes were not as quick or as dramatic.
I bet if you ask most people what keeps them from being who they really want to be (at least stylistically or maybe even more), the answer would not be money but the fear of peer pressure - fear of embarrassing themselves in front of a group of people that they might not actually even like anyway.
If you were really honest with yourself and really wanted to change your style what is keeping you from doing that? Is it really the cost? Is it really your psychical shape? availability of goods? Or is it not fitting in at your office, or PTA, or skateboard park?"
Kelly, spring 2006
Kelly, summer 2007
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