I took this picture last month, but I didn't have a post in mind.
Then I came across this post on Put This On, and it struck me because it put a finger what I've been finding amusing when I read menswear magazines, blogs etc:
"I’ve lamented to friends that people care too much about the authenticity of their clothes, but don’t demand the same authenticity in people. There are people who dress like international men of leisure, but they’ve never travelled outside of the country; people who dress like they come from elite universities, but aren’t terribly well read; people who dress like early 20th-century factory workers, but … live in 2011. "
Obviously, it's not that only a lumberjack can wear a plaid shirt, but personally, I hope that whenever I meet people, their clothes aren't mere costume. You want to know people who dress like they live - that's authentic, honest, confident, and inspiring.
There are different motivations behind people dressing the way they do - they dress like the person they dream of being, they dress to fit in, etc - but whatever it is, I think the ones we admire are those who have more than just the right props.
I think I am drawn to simple, non-statement clothing and styles, because I feel fake in anything else. Sure, I have my influences, but I don't feel like they show up in how I dress. And as much as possible, I never want to give anyone the impression I'm something that I'm not.
Thoughts on that Put This On post? And what do you want your clothes to say?
*EDIT: Thanks everyone who commented, from your comments I realise how judge-y I sounded and probably a little belittling as well, which was unintentional and should have been better explained. I'm not against aspirational and inspired dressing, just against the shallow pursuit of solely a "look". I think we have all come across extreme cases like that and that's what I find distasteful. But of course it's fine to wear a hunting jacket even if you don't hunt. I'd love a pair of riding boots, and I only ride bicycles.