Our international correspondent, C.V., provided the two links below. (I believe David also spotted one of these and posted in the comments section of a recent post.)
The articles make note of a recent fashion trend that embraces clothing that is subtle, durable, and timeless. Previously referred to as Ivy League style or Preppy, this most recent incarnation of the old wardrobe tradition has a few wrinkles to it, so to speak, and of course requires new labels and search terms to mark its entry into society.
According to Tik Tok, current epicenter of the social media universe, the ‘Old Money aesthetic’ is on the rise right now.
My personal reaction to all this swings from a triumphant ‘Yes!’ to a world-weary Yawn.
Perhaps we get a well-deserved break from the ostentatious ‘bling in your face’ fashion wave and the ‘more gangsta than thou’ attitude that went with it lo’ these past decade. Good. Then again, I’ve been advocating this manner of dressing (and corresponding modest attitude) for almost as long. So pardon me if I’m not jumping up and down with excitement.
Candidly, my hope is that, in their search for a classic style, young people will trip across an enduring philosophy.
So, as the rest of the world suddenly discovers what we here on the blog have known for some time (the wisdom of dressing with Old Money Style), you can each individually select your preferred Byron Response to all the hub-bub, according to your mood:
(a) “Oh, that’s great. I hope you all embrace Old Money Style and benefit from it”;
(b) “Oh, that’s great. I hope you consider the Core Values of Old Money that go along with the clothing”; or
(c) “About damn time. Go away.”
Of course, by definition, fashion changes. Trends come and go. Skirts rise and fall, lapels expand and contract. Marketing executives scheme, racking their brains to make Something Old New Again. And retailers benefit from it all.
All this contributes to creativity and commerce, and I enjoy much of the spectacle. You should, too.
Let’s keep it Old, regardless of the trends.