Everyone Looks The Same Anymore...

What are the things that puzzle, enrage, delight and tickle you as you go about your life in Madison?
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Everyone Looks The Same Anymore...

Postby aaron » Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:03 am

Anyone else notice this? Especially true when I drive around the UW...about 99.9% of the students I see walking around all look just alike...same jeans, same oversized sweatshirts or t-shirts, absolutely no invididuality whatsoever. I noticed the same when I saw looking at photos of the students at VA Tech.

Same with adults, almost everywhere you go, except perhaps in places like NYC or SF.

Kinda boring. Reminds me of all the identically-clad people you used to see in photos from China.

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Postby jjoyce » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:17 am

When was it not that way? Even during the hippy years, there's a surprising homogeneity in photos and video. Punks I grew up with might have been trying to rebel via fashion, but they all had the standard issue Doc Marten boots and plaid wool pants.

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Postby TheBookPolice » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:28 am

Yeah, those photos from Virginia Tech were too boring. That was the problem.

/blatant misrepresentation of above commentary

PS - Really, change the title. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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Postby Bwis53 » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:54 am

Aaron, when was the last time you walked down State St.? Last time I went, it was a freak fest. I bought a lot of Arizona jeans and t-shirts for my boys. I'd choose colors to blend with their eye and hair coloring. When my older one came into some money, I tried to talk him into buying at least one Armani suit, but he bought what I always call a Ronnie Raygun suit. Mostly, we just want to blend in. I can tell you from experience, it's very embarrassing to wear something just a little unusual and have a whole room of people laugh at you. There's some guy who must work in the MLK Drive area, who's a very Tom Wolff kind of dresser. Maybe he's got courage!

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Postby BobArctor » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:58 am

Greg Couch, who designed the characters for the movie Robots, used to joke in high school that there were only 500 people on Earth and they all changed clothes a lot and pretended not to recognize each other.

That is on my mind when I watch his characters on the screen.
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Postby ShaneDog » Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:54 pm

I kind of like it. I long for the day when PD pushes through its socialist agenda and everyone in Madison wears the same outfit all the time.

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Postby Beer Moon » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:06 pm

Also, not everyone cares about fashion.

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Postby jjoyce » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:32 pm

This thread got me thinking and I started paying attention this afternoon and, guess what? Aaron's totally missing out. True, when you hang out with students, you see a lot of jeans and t-shirts (Giorgio Armani would cut them a little different, but has always stood by jeans/tee as a classic style).

But when you venture a little further east, you see a lot of personal style. The guys who work at Context are always around doing their thing and there are definitely some natty attorneys to be found around the Square. There's a whole crew of kids dressing like bike messengers, which is a tribal thing but definitely a little different. And my own colleague, Kenneth Burns, is today attired in a crisp white shirt and Nashville-cut sports coat.

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Postby TheBookPolice » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:38 pm

jjoyce wrote:But when you venture a little further east, you see a lot of personal style. The guys who work at Context are always around doing their thing and there are definitely some natty attorneys to be found around the Square. There's a whole crew of kids dressing like bike messengers, which is a tribal thing but definitely a little different. And my own colleague, Kenneth Burns, is today attired in a crisp white shirt and Nashville-cut sports coat.


I wish I made enough money to be able to shop at Context (nevermind own a house in Madison...sadface). It'll have to be jeans, t-shirt, track jacket and iPod cords for me.

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Postby Elizabeth » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:18 pm

I've got to agree with jjoyce. I'm out on the West side and there's some interesting shops cropping up out here. I own Lady Moxie, and the repeat customers here are definately not afraid to march to the beat of a different drummer when it comes to their personal style. The women shopping here mix vintage one-of-a-kinds with new trendy stuff. They are willing to pay for custom garments from couture designers so that they can have a piece that is cut to their exact size and their exact taste. When they are paying the money for couture they are buying it precisely so that they do stand out in the crowd.

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Postby Ned Flanders » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:22 pm

jjoyce wrote:Nashville-cut sports coat.

What's that? Does it have a special pocket to hold a pork chop or something?

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Postby jjoyce » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:46 pm

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No PCP (pork chop pocket), but extra room under the arms for throwin' a lasso (or lariat).

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Postby Chuck_Schick » Wed Apr 18, 2007 3:53 pm

I've often thought of becoming a golf club ...

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Postby blunt » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:21 pm

Chuck_Schick wrote:I've often thought of becoming a golf club ...


Now will you let me in..............?
Ahem.
Lots of young ladies dowtown with tight jeans, clicky shoes, and tiny shirts showing bulging midriffs.
Boys, too: skinny kids with beer bellies and love handles.
Weird.
Baseball caps are still everyhwere.
And big pants. On the street and on the court.(Isn't playing one-handed basketball annoying?)
And those yellowed jeans that look like they've been pissed in have got to go. Haha.
I blame the Gap.
Everybody shop here to be unique!
Individualism for everyone!
All of us want the same thing: to be different.
Some of us have gone full circle:
I've been fashion ignorant, then sort of wannabe hippy, then punk, then even more punk by not dressing punk, and then weird, and now whatever's loose and comfortable (short of a white T-shirt and grey sweat pants.)
And then some of us get old and suddenly freeze in a certain fashion time period.
Old men not only wear the same old men clothes but they actually seem to know where to buy NEW old men clothes!
I just know this: cool people nod at me when I dress cool, punks nod at me when I wear boots, and my closest friends don't even recognize me when I wear a tie.


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