I apologise that I neglected the blog last weekend but I attended a house warming party at the house of my girlfriend’s parents. This meant travelling all weekend and left me with no time for blogging. I did try and secure someone to write a guest post, but it didn’t really come through. However, I am back so all is restored this week. I do tend to go away at weekends every few weeks so if any readers would like to write a guest post to be featured just drop me a message. This week’s post is all about taste and style, I got the inspiration from a number of places this week but mainly a new Channel 4 documentary I had been watching.
The documentary featured artist; Grayson Perry exploring what taste meant to the different classes in British society. He explored taste in the working, middle and upper classes then drew his own interpretations from his findings and produced big tapestries of them. The rather strange looking figure in the thumbnail of this post is Grayson Perry himself, dressed up as ‘one of the girls’ ready for a night out in Sunderland. This was from the first episode where he looked at the working class, which featured girls getting ‘glommed up’ ready for a night out.
I actually found the middle classes to be the most interesting. The reason? They were separated in two camps, you had those that wanted everything new and branded, their cars were BMWs or Bentleys and their brands were definitely designer. The other side to the middle classes featured people that went out of their way to find vintage, ‘thrifted’ things for their homes as well as clothes. These people made an effort to try and be different, but in doing so ended up just looking like everyone else in their area.
The programme looked at everything from the person’s home to cars, brands and clothes. One’s taste obviously impacts the clothes that they wear. But interestingly, what Grayson Perry concluded was that there was no good or bad taste, it all depended on the world you live in.
This was quite an interesting concept for me, especially considering the judgements we often make about other people’s decisions on the clothes that they wear. It highlight’s that if you want to be considered as having good taste then you have to think about the world you’re communicating to. Taste differs depending on the tribe you’re in or want to be in. Think about the Internet for a second, and let’s reel it in closer to home; style bloggers. The traditional style blogger posts pictures of their outfits for the world to see, naturally those that are in their own ‘tribe’ will gravitate to their blog and follow it. But the Internet is open to all and you often will find some style bloggers have fallen victim to comments that criticise their taste. This, it would seem, is because they’re from a different tribe with different views on what they consider tasteful.
This, I think, was highlighted perfectly over the last few weeks by the NBA Playoffs. I’m a bit of a Basketball fan and have been following the results. If you’ve been following then you know Oklahoma Thunder got into the finals (I was rooting for them to win). On twitter I kept on seeing people banging on about how Russell Westbrook needs a personal stylist. It seems a similar syndrome to what happens to the style bloggers, his taste obviously doesn’t match up to those that have been making the jibes on twitter. I personally loved some of his outfits, yeah they’re a bit of a throwback to the 90’s and quirky, but I still find them cool. Others didn’t share the same opinion.
I know it’s made me think a little more before passing judgement on another person’s clothes, there are obviously times when it is required to make sure you’re communicating the right messages to a tribe outside of your own. Most notably a job interview. But sometimes we are all quick to make judgements on another person’s taste without really knowing what IS tasteful in their world.
I hope you enjoyed the post and I hope it’s not too long of a read, as always I enjoy receiving and reading your comments so this post is no different. If you want to write a guest post for the blog just drop me an email or comment and I’ll get back to you.