Back To Basics
As the quest to advance technology pushes our rate of consumption ever faster, the pressure to wear new clothes all the time has also increased. Fast fashion, sacrifices quality for disposability. And why not? No one wants to spend an entire paycheck on something that they'll only wear once. At the start of 2014 I had had enough of trying to keep up.
I wanted to wear clothes that no one would really notice, and if they did, they wouldn't care. So I donated all of my colored clothing to the nearest goodwill store. This left me with six or seven white tees, a pair of black jeans, a pair of grey jeans, three sweatshirts, five pairs of boxer briefs, and a suit with two collard shirts that I haven't seen in almost two years.
Black and white is always "in." The cuts of the garments meet the California standards of long flow-y tees and slim jeans. These gray shoes balance the white top but are less eye-catching than white ones. They desperately need to be replaced, but Vivobarefoot, no longer makes them.
I commonly refer to this look as The Uniform. Like a cartoon character that never changes, or Mark Zuckerberg, it has become so much a part of me that my goal was reached. I couldn't care less what anyone thinks about my style, whether my shoes are clean or not, or by their confusion at how to treat me during our first encounter. But now it's time to move on.
I invite you to the start of a new journey, an exploration and appreciation of the world of textiles. Don't worry, in the future we can geek out on all the cool fashion jargon and I'll share where more of the garments are from.