I just don’t get it.

13 04 2008

There are some so-called “fashion” trends that I really don’t understand. Ones that really are so unfashionable, yet are extremely popular.  It seems as if so many people wear them just because others do. Today I give you just a few examples.  

1. Guy Harvey T-shirts.  Why on earth are these appealing to teenage girls?  I can understand why a 40-something fisherman would want one.  But what gives them mass appeal?  I’m sure it’s partly a regional thing, because I haven’t seen them while on my weekend trip to Orlando.  However, you can’t walk through Wal-Mart or down any given street in Mississippi without seeing a few.  You see them on every age and gender.  It really bewilders me.  Sure, Guy Harvey has great skills when it comes to marine life art.  But on my shirt?  No, thanks.


2. Crocs.  I know that these are wildly popular and soooo comfy, but so what?  Why is most everyone overlooking the fact that they are HIDEOUS?!  Is it all the fun colors in which they are available?  Is comfort really so important that it matters not that your shoes look like swiss cheese?  I can be forgiving of them for those in the medical field, nurses and dentists wearing them with their scrubs.  They need that comfort, and pretty much all nursing shoes are ugly anyway.  Why, though, are housewives, teenagers, and middle-aged men all wearing them?  I just don’t get the appeal.

3. Sperry Topsiders.  These are the least offending of these 3 things, but still something I don’t understand.  Ten years ago, these were considered “paw paw shoes.”  Then apparently, someone said that they are cool and every high school and college student in America bought them, followed by their mothers and fathers.  I’m confused.  Why does the person who gets seasick and the one who hates fishing need boat shoes?  Furthermore, why these?  I can admit that there are a few cute styles, some turquoise ones and such.  They also make plaid ones in toddler sizes, which is pretty damn cute.  In general though, I hate these things.  Yuck.




5 responses

14 04 2008

I too hate Crocs with a passion, and somewhere there is a website devoted to people who hate them too. I think I found it on Shoewawa.com…

PS: Tag, you’re it!

30 04 2008

I love sperry topsiders i live in FL and my MOm who was a salior had them and my dad has a boat I think the more you where them the more comtarble they get and the dark leather and the tan kanvas ones are cute

13 05 2008
Guy Harvey's Island Shop Staff

I think I can answer your question why the Guy Harvey t shirts are appealing to teenage girls. It definitely regional…from the Carolina’s to any coastal town.

This is my take on your comment, these teenage girls probably grew up with their Dads, Uncles and others wearing Guy Harvey T-Shirts – but it goes much further than that. Guy Harvey is not just a name on a t-shirt with fish on the back. The man stands for something and every bit of it is good.

When you buy anything with Guy Harvey’s name on it, a certain percentage goes to marine research, saving our oceans etc. Young girls (including my 6 year old daughter) like that identity. Guy puts himself out in the many communities teaching people of ALL ages about preservation of marine conservation. Guy Harvey is a person of meaning, where as maybe DKNY is a name on a tag.

13 05 2008
Rhonda Gail

I appreciate the Guy Harvey info! It’s good to learn a little about him. I think you maybe missed my point though. I really don’t think most teens would buy one of these shirts because of all the good Guy Harvey does. I think it’s more to fit in. *shrug*

9 06 2008
kat wolyn

I stumbled onto your blog to day by chance and have to say your wit (and take on obnoxious eastern carolina trends)… made me smile. I am not alone in finding these things ridiculously confusing.

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