Please, don't follow every possible trend

The rest of your outfit can be on fleek as a guy who acts out his Oedipus-complex, but with that thing on top of your head you really annul all your efforts!

 

As someone in his late twenties, I know I shouldn't try to understand every trend that pops up and gets embraced by the youngsters (like Snapchat for instance, what's that about?), but sometimes I just really don't get it. Take the whole "normcore" trend for example. In case you don't know what normcore is, check it out here.

A few weeks ago, I visited a festival where I saw herds of late teens and young adults wandering around, 'cause apparently a lot of the music I enjoy listening to attracts that crowd (so what? fuck you). The thing that struck me most looking at these kids - besides the fact that I was enjoying looking at the female section a bit too much - was the amount of pink colored "dad hats" (and for the Dutch readers, no it wasn't Pinkpop). They were fucking everywhere! I mean, I wasn't completely oblivious to this trend, I've seen some hip girls rocking those at the club every now and then. But judging from the amounts I saw at this festival, being a high school teacher nowadays involves looking at a sea of pink shapeless so-called caps every class. Now, even though I think dad hats aren't the most aesthetically pleasing items within the range of headgear, I have to admit that some girls can get away with them. And even though I think pink isn't the least obnoxious of all colors, I have to admit it looks quite good on some chicks. So my issue with all the pink dad hats at this festival wasn't all the girls wearing them, it was all the guys wearing them!

Seriously guys, why? The rest of your outfit can be on fleek as a guy who acts out his Oedipus-complex, but with that thing on top of your head you really annul all your efforts! And don't give me that "only real men can get away with wearing pink" bullshit, 'cause that's like saying only real men can get away with sticking another guy's dick in their mouth. Also, that argument doesn't excuse you from wearing one of those shapeless, stupid looking things to begin with. And yes, I did just say they look good on some girls, but I also think some girls look good wearing nothing but knee-socks and I wouldn't recommend that for any guys either. The pink color only makes it worse, but there's something intrinsically wrong with the concept of a dad hat. Youth culture used to be about rebelling against your parents, not trying to look like them. We used to laugh at kids wearing high-water pants back in high school, not admire them for their exquisite taste in fashion. Wearing white sport socks as a guy used to be synonymous with living in celibacy. 

 

I have a slightly autistic cousin who has dressed according to the normcore aesthetics his entire life. In my family we refer to him as the "40 year-old virgin"

 

So what the fucked happened? I know fashion moves in circles. If you hold on to your wardrobe from a couple seasons ago, it's bound to get back into fashion at some point. But how did items that never were fashionable, and were anti-fashion in a sense, become the new hip thing to wear? What are people who don't want to follow trends supposed to wear now? I have a slightly autistic cousin who has dressed according to the normcore aesthetics his entire life. In my family we refer to him as the "40 year-old virgin". I imagine he turns a lot of women's heads now and trust me, the poor guy doesn't know how to deal with it. The sudden female attention will make him feel very self-aware and insecure. I could of course donate him my old collection of FUBU, Karl Kani and Phat Farm gear. But then again, I kinda want to hold on to that myself for when the time arrives that comes back into fashion.

 

Yours truly,

Shaw T. Godo

 

Shaw T. Godo is a highly opinionated unemployed merchant traveler, writer, former Olympic curler and semi-professional karaoke singer who will write an opinion piece for whatsgood. every now and then when he's bored.