I actually have this theory that irony is just our guise for indulging our quarter life crises.
50 year old men buy inappropriately young cars,
25 year old women wear embarrassingly uncool attire.
I mean : how many items from the recent craze did you absolutely hate your parents for wearing 10 years ago?
Shirts tied around waists, high-waisted light-wash destroyed denim, sneakers w/ fancy attire, plaid on plaid, denim on denim, grossly and uncoordinatedly bright red lipstick, etc, etc.
And whatever's left over is likely something in which we ourselves indulged those same 10 years ago (nail art, obnoxious prints, messy hair, etc).
I actually don't think "irony" is really irony (the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect) - but instead a "cool" way for us to harken back to our real nostalgic yearnings - our stylistic youths (platform shoes, patchwork jeans, puffy vests, Spice Girl carpetingwhat?) - in order to seek comfort in our deepest, darkest sartorial wishes while still, you know, not getting bullied.
In truth, I think a lot of us are still a tiny bit wary about just how true to our inner selves we can really be, so we've been pretending to spoof it - to shroud our old obsessions in humor - for fear that they wouldn't be accepted if admitted.
Ha ha ha - how stupid - I had like 15 N'Sync t-shirts when I was little - jk - except really - except jk - except really - except I still think they're cool - ironically - jk - I don't - but really - but yes - still cool
I have a feeling that a lot of us can move on now, though. We've adequately aired our sartorial sins (even if indirectly via "irony").
Simplicity's on the horizon -- and I'm thinking that a good quarter life stylistic crisis is just what we all needed in order to cleanse our systems of the kitsch.'
|pants: Zara, shirt: ASOS, shoes: Shoemint|
Except I still kinda wanna wear patchwork pants right now.
Except jk - they're so stupid - except really - except jk - except srsly -- but fer realz still cool