Is there hope for our youth? Of course, I am talking about their style or lack there of. This is a subject that I touch upon often, but I never expound. I consider myself young at age 30, but I admit that many in my age group dress poorly. However, in my teens and twenties, my age group favored ripped jeans, t-shirts, and Gap inspired fashion. The 30 somethings today seem so damaged by their youthful past, I don't know if they can recover. Only a select few have gone on to abandon the square shoes, cheap black suits, and reckless casual style. That brings us to today's teens and early twenties crowd. Is there hope for them? In effort to form my opinion, I was forced to do a bit of research. It is without question that America's youth is influenced by popular television, music, and movies. Therefore, I set out on a mission to find out what television shows are teens watching, what music are they listening to, and what movies they watch. While researching these areas, I analyzed the fashion of the characters and singers they emulate. The photos I have chosen are from the television series Gossip Girl and a new popular rock band Vampire Weekend. I am also including a picture of the first young brave soul that is allowing me to use her photo for critique (My blogging friend Suz). After careful observation, I concluded that there is some hope. The preppy influence of the 1980s seems to have resurrected itself. Of course we know that genuine WASPs and Preps never stray from classic fashion, but again, we are discussing society's youth in general. The characters on the show Gossip Girl seem to adorn themselves with classic fashion. In particular, the character Chuck, wears tailored suits, ascots, and bow ties often on the show. Other characters are preppy with a disheveled appeal, but their clothes are classics.
The Band: Vampire Weekend
The band Vampire Weekend is another influence on America's youth. This band of young Columbia graduates are always dressed in preppy classics. Yes, they are disheveled and eccentric, but at least they are not wearing the typical teenage garbage I grew up surrounded by. Would I aspire to dress like these guys? No, but I appreciate the attempt to display some classic pieces of clothing. I had rather our young kids today be influenced by these guys rather than some leather pants, t-shirt wearing punk rock band.
Finally, I leave you with the first brave young lady to allow her photo to be used for critique, and my final thoughts. Even though I can find many flaws in the fashion of the characters and personalities influencing our youth today, and I am encouraged by the fact that classic apparel is being adorned. Hopefully, with age, these young people will learn how to properly wear their attire. In addition, seeing a photo of a young lady with the style that Suzanne demonstrates gives me additional hope. Her style is classic and simple in this photo. She chose a classic color, modest cut, and I love the fact that she did not wear black or navy shoes with the dress. Throw on some pearls and large hat, and she would be ready for a polo match in the Hamptons.