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Why must we move in extremes?

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[Image from Selectism]

When someone is trying to make a point, the individual moves in one direction. The bandwagon effect occurs and then everyone (read hipsters) joins in trying to send the same message, which was basically lost once everyone caught on. Consequently, a snob effect occurs as well. Anything that becomes too popular automatically becomes detested. Instead of joining the bandwagon, the “snobs” (also read hipsters) proclaim their individuality and shift their weight towards the opposite direction. Instead of moving towards the center, towards balance, towards a timeless normalcy, the trend moves so far left that the “snobs” are now leading the bandwagon of a rising trend, late stragglers catch on, and the cycle repeats all over again.

Although this can be applied to almost anything, it’s been particularly true with jeans. Jeans move in a cycle. Sometimes people preferred faded, sometimes people wore it tight, a select few chose acid-washed, and now we’re being held hostage by what is known as the “skinny” jean. But even now, the snob effect is taking place and the skinny jeans are beginning to lose its grip. Its difficult to articulate but once the trend starts moving the other way, people start looking at themselves in the mirror and double-guessing themselves. “Maybe these jeans ARE way too tight.” If only we were more sure of ourselves.

The snob effect is launching us into another extreme: baggy. It was not that long ago but baggy WAS in, inspired by many of our hard gangsta rappers. And I am truly not convinced that baggy is ready or that I’m old enough for a vintage retro comeback. Selectism is proclaiming that it might be the time for skinny to meet its maker.

Could it be already? Are we moving off the skinny bottoms (and slim, straight cut for most of us) back to “Hammer” pants. Signs of the swing of the pendulum are apparent. The market seems to be moving slowly in that direction.

Refinery29 thinks so as well, as they tell it, “Belts, paper-bag waists, lots of pleats and volume, and a few cuffs at the hem create a surprisingly flattering, almost forties silhouette” and ” when it’s 90 degrees outside, who wouldn’t choose cool and loose over suffocation? Via

[Taken from Selectism]

Sounds like flip-floppy rhetoric to me. C’mon people, pleats?! Did we not just declare flat-front was here to stay? I also forgot to mention that it was also popular with MC Hammer and now the man is “MC Hammer broke.” What kind of role models are we really reaching for here?

I even saw BryanBoy in a pair of “Hammer” pants, but he’s BryanBoy. He gets to do whatever he wants. And the pants were for free.

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Speaking of cheap. I’m wearing a pair of jeans that I bought at Ross for $10. They have a slight bell bottom effect (slight, not extreme) and it is comfortably airy.

Dapper Kid has an excellent guide to buying the right jeans in his Essentials section.



  1. Posted July 29, 2008 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    Thank you so so much for linking my post 🙂 Personally I think it’s quite nice to be able to pull out an old pair of jeans and give them new life by wearing them in a new way. But I wish they wouldn’t try so hard to make a certain shape or fit the ‘must have’ for any period!

  2. Posted July 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    wow. i think she pulls it off so well.

  3. Posted July 29, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    great insight on the jean dilemna and how the hipsters, stragglers and snobs control fashion. I’m a fan of both fits though! So important to just go with your own tastes, that way fashion doesn’t control your closet, but style does!

  4. Posted July 30, 2008 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    I too am frusterated sometimes by the extremism that goes into making a point with fashion
    it’s almost as though – if you want to have a decidedly beautiful, aesthetic look you’re unoriginal; or god forbid you want to be comfortable, that has become synonymous with “lazy”

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