Fashion in America: My Style Is Eclectic, Not Messy
We Americans love our clothing. We love it so much that the average person spends more than $160 monthly on clothing and accessories. But that is not the half of it. We are constantly bombarded by the fashion industry with messages about personal style. Apparently, we all need to have one. My style is eclectic.
You might look at me and perceive my style as messy. Chances are pretty good that a high-powered fashion designer would interpret my look as Frankenstein chic, if you know what I mean. But hey, I am comfortable in my own skin. I am equally comfortable in my clothing – which is why I chose most of it to begin with.
T-shirts Are My Groove
A cornerstone of my eclectic style is the humble t-shirt. You could say that t-shirts are my groove. Without them, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I appreciate a tailored dress shirt as much as the next guy, but I rarely have occasion to wear such shirts. Most of my days are spent wearing either t-shirts or golf shirts. I prefer the tees.
The fashion industry appreciates a good t-shirt, too. The industry’s movers and shakers may act like t-shirts are beneath them, but they still turn around and put them on their runway models. Truth be told, t-shirts are nearly universal in this country.
I like to do crazy things like pairing my Plurawl LatinX t-shirts with the formal slacks from my tuxedo and a pair of deck shoes (no socks, please) and a white fedora. I don’t even care if the color scheme isn’t just right. If that is the look I want for the day, it is what I wear.
It’s All Good in My Closet
I don’t worry about clashing colors or patterns. I don’t care what season it happens to be at the moment. If I want to wear white in the middle of November, I am going to. If I decide to wear green on the top and orange on the bottom, get out of my way. I will do it.
If I had to say one thing about my eclectic style, it would be this: it is all good in my closet. There isn’t anything in my closet that I won’t wear. If I ever run across such a piece of clothing, I will pass it on to the thrift store. I don’t like the idea of unused clothing taking up precious closet space.
It is good for me that my closet is pretty big. I have plenty of room for all my eclectic pieces. But then again, my closet can also be a trap. Every inch of unused space screams to be filled. My closet is sometimes an open invitation to purchase more clothing I don’t need.
I Am My Look
The thing about my closet is that it reflects who I am. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am my look. In other words, my clothing choices are a reflection of me. I am an eclectic kind of person. I like a little bit of everything in just about every area of my life.
There isn’t just one type of food I eat most frequently. My hobbies and interests are wide and varied. I am a jack of all trades and a master of none. So of course I would dress in a manner that appears eclectic. And no, I am not a mess. I’m simply different. If that looks like a mess to other people, fine. I am comfortable describing myself as eclectic.