So if you know me, or get to know me, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of clothes. I have loads of clothes, so many that there’s no chance of me fitting them all in my wardrobe.
I’ve recently returned to university, and as most students do when they get their loans, I went shopping (don’t worry mum, I haven’t bought anything).
My reason for not buying anything is not that I’m trying to save money (joking mum, I’m saving my pennies), but because in recent years I’ve been finding high street fashion so boring, particularly men’s- women have it a bit easier.
I hate being that guy, because it’s so lame when people slag off high street fashion like they’re the epitope of stylish individualism…
…but seriously if I go into another high street shop and all I see is muscle fit t-shirts and spray on jeans, I WILL flip.
It’s not just me though, earlier this week I asked people on instagram what they think about men’s high street fashion. Here are some of the responses.
‘Decent but not enough option’
‘Men’s clothing seems so borrrrrrring n basic’
‘Most high street stores tailor to shit fashion sense, which means you can’t branch out and showcase a diverse style’
And simply ‘shit’
I also put out a poll asking people if they preferred high street or charity shops. 26% of people voted high street, and 74% voted charity.
Now of course my humble instagram account cannot provide objective data, but it does seem like more and more people are moving away from high street fashion, in search of something that seems a little more personal. My sister prefers the term ‘pre loved’ rather than ‘second hand’.
On that note, to the ladies reading this, my sister has a really cool online shop where she sells the coolest range of vintage women’s clothing.
If you’re looking for a special and unique gift, or perhaps something for yourself, you should check her out here: https://marketplace.asos.com/boutique/cats-eyes-vintage
My friend Alice also did a blog post about her here: https://alspalss.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/sustainable-fashion-with-cats-eyes-vintage/
I am a champion of the charity shop, especially due to the wider variety of clothing compared to the high street. Not only can you find something swick binching, but you can at a faction of the cost.
So, this past weekend I went to Leeds to do the famous (or infamous?) Otley Run. For those of you who don’t know, the Otley Run is a pub crawl comprised of 16 pubs, which groups of people often complete dressed to a theme.
The theme my friend Hats chose for her Otley Run was famous musical artists. I went Adam Ant, whom I’m a fan of for his music and outlandish dress sense.
He is an artist from the 80s, around the same time as such greats like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Prince and Michael Jackson(…)
Comparing these guys to the male artists of today, I wonder if men’s fashion on the whole has become a bit boring?
I’ll leave you with two of my major fashion inspirations, both of whom are absolutely killing AND are promoters of indivuality and sustainable fashion.
For the dudes: Gus Dapperton
Gus Dapperton is a 20 year old singer from New York, who not only makes the swickest music, but also wears the swickest garms. Check this out.
Gus has been a major inspiration to me this year, his unapologetic look and swagger has really inspired me to be more adventurous with my outfit choices.
For the chicks: Sophia Hadjipanteli
This girl is down right the coolest person I’ve ever seen. Sophia Hadjipanteli is that model with the uni brown, you may have seen her. Love it or hate it, Sophia doesn’t care, she’s just doing her own thing.
Instead of getting rid of her natural unibrow, she’s embraced it and made it a statement, and she perfectly accentuates her look with a killer dress sense.
I mean, just look at this. I love it.
I know these two aren’t everyone cup of tea, but this is my blog.
This isn’t a criticism of guys who like to wear jeans and a t-shirt everyday, you’re a vital part of society as you make the rest of us look good.
So yeah, blah, blah, I’m getting bored of the high street. Are you? Comment below or beef me on instagram @__joejordan.
Joe Jordan x