I’m constantly conflicted with the internal debate of cool versus uncool when it comes to fashion. However, the debate isn’t tethered to specific items but rather my attitude toward an item. I often find myself asking, “Do I like this bag/shoe/jacket just because it’s ‘cool’?” And to that, “Should I not like this particular style because it’s now become ‘uncool’?”
Isn’t the very foundation of Man Repeller set on the principle that if you like it, “cool” doesn’t matter?
It sure is. But then again, it’s hard to deny that things come and go in the realm of what’s fashionable.
Take aviators, for example. I would argue (though please feel free to counter) that aviators are not exactly considered “fashionable” or “cool” if we’re talking about what’s new and fresh. If I were to don a pair of aviators during fashion week, I wouldn’t be shunned by my peers, but I don’t think I’d be asked, “WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE” in capital screaming letters either.
A more sarcastic friend might ask if I bought them for Coachella, because the style has also become so popular that they seem almost…boring. Or expected, perhaps. The thing is — I still really like them. They flatter the face and go with everything, plus they tend to be lightweight and not pinch the spot behind my ears all day.
I’ve been vacillating for a few weeks now on whether or not I should buy a pair — are they uncool now? do I care? — and when I came across these ombre variety by Cutler and Gross I decided that no, I do not care. They look like a friggen’ Instagram sunset, and that, I’m pretty sure, is cool.
Grool. You’re turn.