THE WRONG OUTFIT: NARCISSISTIC FASHION & O.G. LUV FOR THE 80’S
PART TWO BY CHRISTIE BATANIDES – SHADOWBOX MVMNT / BOXER EXPOSE CONTRIBUTOR
Things are so simple, it’s us a humans who complicate things. I BELIEVE WHEN OTHERS STOP VOICING THEIR OWN NARCISSISTIC UNASKED OPINION ABOUT ANOTHER’S CLOTHING CHOICE OR even LIFE CHOICE MAYBE OTHER’S will truly be given back freedom of “Choice and power of one owns expression”. That’s where u truly freely & with out negative based slander, can feel comfortable to explore.
It’s this generation and younger now, that are more than capable of reshaping how we trend America. I remember ordering on a home phone (land line 4 the laymen;)) from a Sears Catalog and speaking to a real people. But shit Sears can only keep u looking fresh so long…When your mom or dad start buying you knockoffs at a young age and you don’t realize it yet till maybe you are 11, and some asshole says your swoosh is backwards…then you may question why your parents want you to suffer. You never asked to be born – WTF? That was my line LOL. I have to say that Sears these days has redeemed themselves for my generations brands, they carry some “OG” 80’s BRANDS (not just style). 5 stars just for carrying Bongo. In my opinion.
Because of our current youth I believe fashion will take a turn finally for the better once again. In my personal opinion, originality can thrive again. The inspired inspire and create; new trends are made, and I also see kids recycling old fashion which is awesome. Speaking in my experience, going back to 1985, kids literally died for wearing the wrong color or the wrong outfit.
Some kids that were spoiled rich Kidz, or had the “better than” attitude. The ones always in competition, most of the time, these are the kids that were the ones bullying other kids. In my opinion they always came across as having a “narcissistic attitude”, and maybe they rocked “narcissistic fashion.” I can Honestly say throughout my youth I can’t recall one trend that didn’t start from a musician, at least the trends I liked to rock….
People blamed rap groups such as NWA & 2 Live Crew etc…..and said their music promoted violence, gang activity, killing, and caused kids to kill. This was to either steal other kids parkas or shoes. Whatever was in and expensive, if they wanted it you better give it up, because you could be in the wrong neighborhood wearing the wrong colors and “reppin” what you ain’t apart of. You could get “killed for kicks”. Times were crazy. The youth during those times were all fucked up! Drugs, suicide (trend) yes a fucking trend. The first time Americans heard of HIV/AIDS, we wouldn’t even hold others hand’s. Nobody understood AIDS yet, or how we could contract disease. Fear was worn like clothing. I didn’t leave home without it. Authority was in fear too. NWA’S ” FUCK THE POLICE ” challenged “OUR” young African Americans formally known as our “Black Youth” to rise up and take back their neighborhoods and stop living in fear of authority. It was on the news – they were in court. It was crazy times but that’s exactly where “Parental Advisory” came from. That’s the black & white sticker on your music today. It was placed on an NWA tape when I was a kid.
Know your history. Know where your trends come from. Know why you wear certain things. Stand behind the choices you make, even with clothing, because you have to start somewhere. Why not be with your own personal expression. Stand behind your choices whether it be clothing, sexual preference, or even just the partners you choose in life. My generation trended from passion and I’m sure for some, it was only for self serving glory. We kept strong beliefs much like our parents, who stood up to their authorities at the time of the Vietnam War during the late 60’s into 70’s. Question authority & the self righteous when your own skin or surroundings are uncomfortable to be in, or even around. Because in reality you were born with the skin that should feel the most comfortable, and that should be your own skin.
During the 1980s fashion took an extreme turn. I’m not going to lie some people looked fucking ridiculous, absolutely pushed the limit. But who gives a fuck I didn’t, I just didn’t wear shit I didn’t feel comfortable in. Fuck if I couldn’t stand to look at it, why would I fucking make other’s suffer and put it on.
But that was the best part about it, I didn’t care and I can say I never put some one down to be mean or cool. I never made fun of people (not out loud;)). I actually enjoyed The originality and eclectic style people really made fashion in the 1980s iconic. The 1980s were just FUCKING rad. In honor of 70-80’s bayba’s…… you are welcome. young trend setters!! I encourage you to use my generation for inspiration to be the most fucking original generation since Generation X. Cause in reality “young-sta’s” – the fashion you are wearing is now being designed and redesigned by the generation that originally “created & wore” that style. The very same brands trending that you buy and wear are “UP fashioned” so to speak (by the original trend setters themselves). Generation X – we gave you the most CHRONIC influence (so you can go down in history too)…Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Actually… Dr Dre gave us “The Chronic” on his debut solo album in November of 1999.
Here’s food for a “reality” thought next time you go to purchase new clothes. Go with a friend who has opposite fashion style and agree to choose for the other. Challenge yourself see if something fits and looks fabulous on, that you’d never choose Or maybe you hate every choice, either way my point is, you get to make that choice regardless of how your friend may think you’d look in something. None of us look the same in everything, square peg round hole, or even an overstuffed sausage with the obvious sausage condom thing LOL – got visual?
The clothing we buy becomes fashionable because we the consumer, purchase what we like and buy it than wear it…. Is it Instagram or Twitter make’s shit pop off? I need a #tweetsheet haha – hella confusing. I have been noticing this new generation (high schoolers now) – that don’t really “GAF” about what brand they have on, or own, or are getting… It’s refreshing. I’m not stating that they aren’t materialistic (on the DL). Hipsters are cool, but it’s not cool to be a hipster or say u are or some shit, I don’t know, LOL.
These aren’t the type of teens I grew up with. Even adults now. Name brand, new cars, big house, etc live outside means. Its living ones life with same reservations as when we were younger (caring what others think) I see many parents rocking apparel cause they think others will think it’s cool, once again brings me to perspective and how one owns perspective can be polar opposite. You truly can sway others & how pretty much anything is perceived. It Isn’t cool or noteworthy to buy shit simply cause its a trend. You look STUPID in my opinion. Here’s a great example, Like just because skinny jeans were trending 4 years back didn’t mean every mother fucker should be wearing them. I told some guy hitting on me in Vegas after I shut him down & basically “nursed” him with picking up ladies.
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