A cute photo from Flickr user Cyndi Huang, featured on Explore! a few days ago.
Is it just me, or is there something really appealing, fun, carefree, and attractive about the idea of such bright colors in casual (read: “real-life”) fashion? Am I just caught up in the latest trend, giving in to mass taste, a fad that is popular just for a moment, and will fade soon, a look which only looks cool because the masses seem to think it cool for the time being, or is there genuinely something here?
Admittedly, I don’t know if I am myself quite so bold in personality or self-confident in temperament to go around wearing such bold colors myself. But I really cannot help but feel there is really something wonderful about this current trend. We see it in bright colorful sneakers and shoes, especially, and in ads for colored briefs. It’s perfectly cool, and hip, right now, [though the word ‘hip’ might not be, for all I know] for guys to wear bright colors, to have style, to express themselves in a way that is gentler, sleeker, more graceful than buff, more smooth and cultured than rough and tough, more boyish than manly, and I love it. Even if I don’t exactly take part myself, my own wardrobe being somewhat plainer, consisting primarily of t-shirts and (non-skinny) jeans, I love seeing it around – it makes our everyday lives a more colorful place, and eases the tensions that I for one, and presumably many others, feel about not living up to society’s expectations of manliness, machoness.
(Which isn’t to say that the same trends aren’t being seen in girls’ fashions as well; I see it all the time on campus, on the streets of NY and Boston.. and I think these girls look great too.)
What do you all think? Do these bright bold colors shout freedom from monotony, or are they hideous? Is this merely a trend, or is there something more to it? Do you like it, do you hate it, and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts..
(Ms Huang, if you would like me to take down this photo from my blog, I would be happy to oblige with your wishes – just let me know.)