Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The Whole Label Thing!
First, let me apologize again for the Internet going down at my home yesterday! The winter weather has been havoc on modems and high speed Internet, and again, it failed me yesterday and most of today.
Now, on to the subject at hand. Chensy over at Ivy Style has referenced me again with a post entitled something like WASP vs. Trad. But, to avoid more controversy between the two of us, I will avoid critiquing his work and just simply add my two cents worth. First, the term trad is an Internet term, and it simply means "traditional". Second, the term WASP is a style and way of life that was derived from the traditional lifestyle set forth by the English. It is an American interpretation so to speak. To further expand the discussion, preppy is another common term used by this genre and it to is another word for WASP that came about in the 1980s. Are the terms related? Yes, absolutely, and actually to me they are similar enough to clump together.
As far as style goes, all three seem to embody Oxford Cloth Button Downs, Tweed, Shetlands, etc. I would even argue that bit loafers and velvet slippers can belong to all three labels. The thing that separates the three is why one chooses to call themselves the label they choose, and how they acquire their clothing. WASPs do not generally buy the majority of their clothing from eBay. For example, yes, I shop at eBay but less than 5% of my wardrobe comes from this source. A WASP buys clothing mostly at the store itself because they have relationships with the salesman, and they buy high quality labels that last decades. Thus, the worn but not ragged look is achieved. Therefore, all the criticism from the Chensy's of the world is not deserved because of my age. I am only 32 and I plan to wear the clothes I buy today until I die. So, if I make it to 65, my clothes will achieve the worn but not ragged look.
Trads on the other hand seem to take offense to the term WASP. I could only speculate as to why, but maybe it is for a myriad of reasons. They also seem to enjoy the same garments that WASP enjoy, but acquire more than half their wardrobes from eBay and thrift stores. In addition, they will throw you out of their club in a moment's notice, and they seem to know more about classic style than in other group (in their minds at least).
Finally, preppies are basically WASP that don't want to call themselves WASP for two possible reasons. First, they are not protestants and the term preppy was another way to describe their style as opposed to WASP. And, the term is used mostly with the younger generation that knew or know little about the true Ivy League movement. They adopt wearing pastels and Lacoste polo's because it is the cool thing to do. But again, the style is derived from WASPs.
That is my two cents worth!