Monday, May 2, 2011

Fashion Rules

There is a saying that goes, "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." There are many examples dating back to the beginning of time of men and women who fought through the status quo or the usual and accepted ways, to push a new reality or a new way of looking at things. Those who were heard and made sense we view through the lens of greatness and history. Einstein, Newton, Edison, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Bach. Then, of course, there are those who weren't heard or made no sense. They are viewed as kooks and grape nuts. Sometimes there is a fine line between having someone carve a statue of you out of the finest Maldavian marble and being the person who is deemed just barely sane enough to scrape the pigeon dung off of said statue.

In this line of thought, I would like to consider the world of fashion. There are folks from all corners of the globe who have shared their vision for the world and received a heaping wad of kudos. Hilfiger, Lauren, Dior, Armani, Chanel. Then there are these fruit wads who I have come across time and again out in full view of the public. They can be spotted in our grocery stores, our malls, and, heck, even our fast food establishments. These include people who:
  • wear shorts on top of their sweat pants
  • wear baseball caps at non-standard angles
  • obese women who wear mid-rift tube tops
  • obese men who wear mesh tank tops
In a world where fashion rules, folks need to understand the fashion rules. Don't be that person who doesn't understand the difference and is forced to clean the pigeon poo.