dressed up like a lady: Street Cred

May 22, 2008

Street Cred

Coolness is a delicate issue. No adult in their right mind would admit to wanting to be cool. But then, there's nothing less cool than trying to be cool, right? It's a clear criticism to say somebody's "trying too hard," and it can even be a veiled insult to call someone a "hipster," since the word connotes the choice to govern your life based on what's hip and popular -- implying effort.

It becomes this tenuous idea, requiring rhetorical gymnastics to get around it. The ultimate cool is effortless, so no one would anyone ever confess to striving for it -- even though prestige is, by definition desirable. At its worst, this brain-smooshinging Catch 22 will result in that stupid phenomenon where people construe coolness as total apathy -- kids who achieve their status by constantly acting bored, fearful of ever showing real enthusiasm. At its not-so-worst, this semantic barn dance makes me puzzle for a minute over this 80's Minnie Mouse sweatshirt.





Minnie top: Vintage via Star Vintage
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell via UO
Sunglasses: Thrifted
Rings: Various

5 comments :

  1. that is the best minnie sweater ever!!! i got a vintage mickey one! we're twins heh

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  2. I've found myself trying to be cool in highschool.The thing is, it's just too physically taxing trying to be something I'm not.

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  3. like your style! the shoes and sunglasses.

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  4. love the sweater--you have great style & you remind me of agyness deyn! :)

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