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You’re probably aware of the collapse of the Colorado clothing brand. Ordinarily, this kind of news doesn’t bother me and I must admit that even this situation doesn’t rattle me much. Having said that though, I was always a fan of Colorado. The brand portrayed an outdoors, adventurous style that appealed to me and I found their clothes to be comfortable and reasonably priced. Obviously now I find myself in a tight spot as far as fashion goes – as someone having a “guy sense” when it comes to style, I’m feeling like a bit of a fish out of water.
Having done manual arts instead of home economics at high school, I never learned how to make my own clothes. Having never really followed trends, I also paid the bare minimum of attention to fashion stereotypes. One may argue that in retrospect, both these decisions were faulty to a degree but I’m going to ignore anyone who says so. So if you’re thinking about it; you’re only wasting everyone’s time if you go there because no-one’s listening to you and you will look like a crazy person.
A quick rundown of most of the stereotypes I’m aware of has led me to the following conclusions:
Emo – I could have maybe pulled this off in high school. I’ve matured significantly over the years though and am no longer melodramatic and whiny. Also, I can’t stand having my hair hanging over my face.
Goth – While I can respect this fashion, it’s not really my thing. I’d be considered far too mainstream. I just don’t get along well enough with black to be wearing a lot of it.
Hipster – I must admit, I’m not intellectual enough to be hanging out with this crowd. I know precious little about art and I’m not into tight-fitting jeans.
Military – Just. No.
Sporty – This one may work, but I can’t really say that I’m one to typify the assumptions associated with wearing athletic brands. I don’t cry if the local team wins or loses the final and I’d much rather talk about science fiction than cricket.
Vintage – I’ve only ever shopped at charity stores on a few occasions and have never found enough that would keep me going back. I’m also not really up for paying hundreds of dollars for clothes that are supposed to look like they’ve been handed down for four generations…
With little enough knowledge on my own, I turned to Wolf Brother for assistance. When it comes to fashion, Wolf Brother is a maestro. He’s long endured my fashion sense in the same way a salmon swims upstream each year – an awful lot of thrashing against the current for only a slim possibility of achieving a successful outcome. His suggestion to me was Steampunk. Interesting. Maybe I shouldn’t have asked him while we were at the pub.
While I work through my considerations, I’ve at least got one thing to focus on. I’ve never owned a leather jacket and I think it’s time for me to rectify that. Now to find one that suits me.
Do you have a fashion style? Can I borrow some of your taste?