Is a fashion tribe a thing? After stumbling on an article about dressing “appropriately” over 50, I was sensitive about publishing this post. But I also found an article in The Guardian by “Invisible Woman” that, while geared toward women of a certain age, applies to any age dressing.
The article is “The Dangers of Joining a Fashion Tribe.” And with a sub-title of “Dressing like other people makes us all invisible. Fashion is about self-expression, so ditch the uniform and take a tip from some great style blogs,” I could not resist.
The author describes the pluses of being middle-aged, and
choosing to be “invisible” in her jeans and tee. She can run out to the grocery for some veggies and not be “seen”. The trouble arises, she says, when she wants to put on the visibility cloak again. This can be a problem because:
“I see so few clothes aimed at my age group (50+) that I would want to be seen dead in. Roughly they divide into three tribes: 1) the elasticated waist and comfy knit tribe, or 2) the whip-thin, smart and sharply tailored but showing very little imagination tribe, and 3) the leggings knitted-from-nettles, dangly earrings I’m creative, me, tribe . . . .
The point I’m trying to make is that there is no reason to go about dressed like any tribe. They all flock together and life would be very dull if we were all sparrows and no peacocks.”
I had a nice LOL about the “elasticated waist” tribe, and realize I could go there if I let myself. I love comfort. Yoga pants forever. Before, During, and After the pandemic.
I have witnessed the “sharply tailored tribe”, but not in my small city, and I could not keep up with all the maintenance anyway. I adore the “knitted leggings” group but I don’t carry that authentic bohemian look well.
That’s why I loved the author’s advice to get out there on the internets, do your homework, and get inspired by real people. She recommends The Sartorialist and Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style as creative resources for modern street style.
Of course, we have a trove of inspiration in all the blogs and Instagrams listed on my page, and lots of others. So much originality, rule-breaking, soul-stirring creativity right at our keyboard-tips! We don’t have to join any single tribe; we can experiment, change course, or find comfort in a uniform if we choose.
“The point I’m trying to make is that there is no reason to go about dressed like any tribe.”-Invisible Woman (Helen Walmsley-Johnson)
Do you identify with any of the “Tribes” in the article? Are you inspired by street style, artistic bloggers, your own daydreams, a combination of all the above?
Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo
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