I think I may have found my favorite reappropriation of nerd ever.
|Kari. Wearing: shorts: Goodwill (similar) (similar) (similar) (similar) - enough?|
[[& obsessed with Aimee Song's outfit from Song of Style here]]
Considering the fact that these babies once sprung from a totally non-ironic birth, it's fun to conjure up mental images of their original possessor. That being said, how fantastic do their vintage selves they look on Kari here?
It's this strange evolution from nerdy to ... not, that got me thinking about the nature of "the jean" in general. Because if there's one clothing item that succeeds at transcending the boundaries between...well, everything - it's this one.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Social Anthropology found that at any given moment, about half of the world is wearing a pair of denim pantalones.
So let's, if we can, wade a little deeper into the proverbial forest of denim to address that one well-dressed tree (picture it) in particular - the vintage high-waisted jean - and stand mouths agape at the strange social spectacle that is this denim subset.
If the blue jean truly is "eternally young", then what makes something a "mom jean"? And if the "mom jean" is uncool by definition, then why is it suddenly so ... cool? Is the title of the "trendy" simply reliant on the figure that flaunts it? And if so - is that dependency reliant on a certain ironic tone that only the youthful can exude?
Anyhow, my obnoxiously-phrased point is that the ability of the jean to take on new meaning every time it's reappropriated might in fact be what's made it the #1 gluteus garber of ... humans.
Whatever the case, Kari's cool.
PS: Kari was the best-dressed person I saw all day.
PSS: Kari is in high school.