While I don’t think that everybody needs to take pleasure in combining clothes in fun ways (although I think that everybody can!), as any other hobby this one should not be restricted to only one gender. Unfortunately, only men who inhabit certain subcultures (for example, hipsters or rappers) are “allowed” to be playful with their style. The rest are supposed to either be boring (businessmen style), or simply not to notice when they walk around in wrinkled shirts and worn out jeans (à la Dr. House) and change those only when their women remind them to.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not for being obsessive about one’s clothes. I think that spending too much money and time, wearing only things that are in the current fashion, and judging those who don’t go to such lengths – is a bit too much. I believe that to be stylish one does not have to buy clothes in boutiques, or only favor certain brands. Really, a person can combine several fairly old and even worn out pieces of clothes in a creative way and look amazing.
I love checking out pictures on The Sartorialist blog. Some random people this photographer sees in the streets of Paris, New York, London, Milan (and other cities) dress in really great ways. I also love watching people in New York City. I think new yorkers really get it. Wherever I go in this city, I am constantly inspired by people’s styles.
You don’t have to agree with me, but I think that expressing oneself through one’s clothes is really gratifying. It’s not about wearing something new every time, or competing with others in whose suit is more expensive. It’s about creativity – last time I checked, being creative makes people happy.