Standing in line the newest fashion trend – Weatherford Democrat
I read The New York Times fashion story once. Then I read it again. And again. The third time I read it I finally thought I understood what it said.
But I wasn’t completely sure.
That sort of thing used to happen to me when I was in college and I had to take a course on something that made no sense to me. Like biology.
When I was in college my career goals centered around doing something that would allow me to goof off a lot.
Given my career goals, I was pretty sure that I would never need to use what I learned in my biology class once it was over.
So I would read a short chapter in my biology textbook, then I would read it again. And again. Finally, after five or six reads, I would think that I understood what I had read.
As it turns out, sometimes I did and sometimes I didn’t. For those of you who weren’t borderline college students, “sometimes I did and sometimes I didn’t” means “barely getting a ‘C’ in biology.”
So what I’m saying here is that I’m going to attempt to tell you about a Times fashion story using a method in which I barely got a “C.”
I think the reason I barely got a “C” on the story is because it — at least to me — didn’t make sense.
At first I thought the story was about people paying $298 for a jacket and $158 “for a companion shirt stamped with the image of a Richard Prince-inspired cowpoke,” which I thought was sort of stupid.
Then I thought the story was about a new trend among young people in New York City. From what I could tell, after reading the story three times, the new trend among young people in New York City is the trend of standing in line, which I thought was even stupider than paying almost $500 for a jacket and a “companion shirt.”
It turns out the story is about both. Apparently young people in New York — and when I say “young people” I mean “adults” — like to stand in line in order to buy the latest overpriced clothing that, in turn, makes them look like someone who would stand in line to buy the latest overpriced clothing.
The New York Times talked to Jeff Carvalho, executive editor of a website called “Highsnobiety,” about the standing-in-line trend.
“The line is the new community,” he said. “When 200 to 300 kids are lining up outside of a store, it’s because they want to be part of something.”
I can see that. Young people always want to be part of something, but if your goal is to want to be part of a line, then you might want to take a second look at your goal-setting process.
Sure, my goal when I was a young person was to goof off, but it wasn’t to goof off while standing in a line.
I mean, I wasn’t completely lazy.
The New York Times spoke to one person described as “a 40-something suede-clad man” who didn’t want to give his name about standing in line.
“I like the exclusiveness of people always seeing me and saying, ‘Wow.’ It’s kind of like being a movie star.”
This is why I had to read the story three times.
But since I’m an old person I probably can’t grasp the joy of standing in line for overpriced clothing, and I understand that.
I just hope none of those people standing in line had to take a biology course in college.
That would really be stupid.