it seems i'm keeping my bleached jeans, then; thank you very much to everyone who voted!
i want to extend a bonus appreciation to those who took the time to write why they liked them. it sucks that nobody who thought the jeans weren't "all that" provided any reasons -- it would have been interesting to hear why the jeans were not right (feel free to tell me now, by all means!). nevertheless, the few individuals who fell for my blue cow suggestion can't really resort to original creativity in forming opinions anyway, so lack of elaboration from them is kinda self-explanatory.
importantly, i learned something from my poll experiment: i actually care very little about what people think of my clothes.
i hope you understand this does not mean that i'm demeaning the votes i got -- quite the opposite, actually! it's always great to receive differing opinions, compliments, and i am in no way above appreciating reassurance. i'm also not suggesting that i don't like discussions around clothes and personal style. only that i realized that ultimately my own style is not dependent on the admiration of anonymous viewers although i am a social being who thrives on acceptance just like anyone else.
so i'm continuing on my notes on personal style.
the thing is, i realized quite a while ago that my look is perceived as strange by many. oddly, i also know people who think i'm a style goddess. furthermore, there are people who think i'm a wanna-be. unsurprisingly, there are people who think my style is boring. i agree with all of them periodically.
forming an opinion always depends on how one approaches fashion, trends and clothing and, primarily, how one approaches people, and it seems that however i'm perceived, there is always a dissonance of opinion apparent. in the end, the one i really trust is myself.
what characterizes me is that i am often off the beaten path stylewise (even though my style decisions are motivated by a desire to belong) and i take most parts of my fashion journey at warp speed. for example, i got my first pair of stretchy skinny jeans in 2003 and went high-waist no later than 2005. i experimented with wide jeans in 2007. i bought three one-piece overall-type garments two summers ago, wore them then, and last summer they felt a little old. the same summer i bought a miami vice type blazer with shoulder pads and rolled up the sleeves. early last fall i got an oversize black coat with slouchy shoulders and, again, wore the sleeves rolled. this summer and next fall both the overalls and blazers are supposedly all the rage.
well, woopty-doo, then. if i was conceited, i might think i was the sh*t.
but i am neither telling you this to claim that i create trends -- nope, i don't see myself ahead of fashion, no way! -- nor to illustrate a supposedly clairvoyant skill-set when it comes to fashion since my experimental "predictions" fail as often as they succeed. at times i find looks much later that many others because they've surfaced in places i don't frequent.
actually, therefore, my examples seem to suggest that i am instantly inspired by new shapes when they emerge yet again from fashion's constantly spinning wheels and, moreover, care very little about how a new look suits me: for me a new silhouette brings joy rather than annoyance or worry about whether i look stupid or gawky. when i see something that breaks the pattern, i need to try it. right there. right then.
dressing up is play and all in all i don't take myself very seriously. but as with every game that runs on novelty, it becomes boring quite fast and another challenge is needed.
therefore, i am constantly surprised how conservative many people are with fashion trends. from my perspective it is nothing but ridiculous to hear that some people are still considering whether skinny jeans suited them (or others for that matter), and i ain't saying that everyone should wear skinny jeans just because they're fashionable (or passé or whatever), but that it surprises me how it would take someone years to ponder their way around a silhouette.
right now i'm a little bored because i'm not seeing interesting shapes anywhere. it seems everything (except bleach on jeans, ha!) around me feels dated. i may need a break from fashion to feel inspired again...