I feel like there are 2 types of people in this world:
There are those who will wear sweatpants with heels,
and then there are those that won't.
I don't quite fully understand the distinction yet, but do I believe that it has to do something with the way that people think of themselves. You're either someone who is "interested" in fashion, or you're someone who is "not" - and if you're the latter, sweatpants and heels seem to be out of the question.
It's as if donning the two in conjunction somehow solidifies the fact that you think of yourself as someone who is "trendy" or "fashion forward"- an assumption I understand, but with which I don't agree.
|pants: MOTHER "The Trainer", shirt: Byron Lars, shoes: Michael Antonio|
I wish we could all just wear exactly what we were viscerally drawn to, without having to negotiate the reactions of others. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
Honestly, it's the same way I feel when I wear real or faux fur. Instead of being a style choice, it turns into a social one. Suddenly, I have to deal with assumptions from others about my city of origin, my need for attention, and my personality type.
Even more frustrating is the fact that I make these assumptions myself. As much as I don't want to be judged, you can be certain that I'm judging you right back. Instinctively, it seems - not necessarily by choice.
So it's like we as a human race are doomed to be more complex than we'll ever get credit for. I mean - can you imagine seeing as many sides of another individual as you see in yourself?
Wait - I was talking about sweatpants, right?
Photos by Matthew Engelhart