I have a few apps in my phone. None are exciting or cutting edge; just news apps which save articles in an archive so that I can read them when I am waiting for someone in a store or I find a place to sit quietly for a few minutes.
One of the apps allows me to pick topics of the articles which are put on a pipeline directly into my collection of future reading material. I like it.
For some reason I picked fashion as one of the topics. Why? I don’t have any idea.
I remember clicking on it.I think maybe I added it so that I would be more conscious about trends which I will never understand. I have been told that I am about seven to 10 years behind in fashion sense. Some of that comes from living in Maine and only driving further east when I have time off.
That is not to say that people who are living further east than I am are not fashion conscious, I just hang out in a place where the only fashion decisions which matter are the items I stuffed in the canvas bag which I tote around. Even then it isn’t a fashion choice. It’s not a trend, nor is it meant to be.
When you pack a bag for a trip in Maine you tend to think about temperature swings between 30 degrees and 80 degrees. There are tee shirts and then, at least for me, there are a couple of fleece pullovers or heavy sweatshirts stuffed in the bag which are intended put over the tee shirt when the sun goes down.
Always a raincoat or outer shell, maybe a wool shirt, several pairs of socks and, of course, some foundational garments. One ball cap to keep the sun out of your eyes on the boat as well as to cover your bed-head when you go to town to get a newspaper or to the diner.
Why all this today? No reason except I have noticed in my newsfeed over the last few weeks that I have been the recipient of six articles regarding the best jeans you can buy for $100.
I am not shocked, nor do I feel bad that I don’t have any jeans worth $100. I don’t have any jeans valued at more than $38; that would be more of a running tally of all my jeans once they were placed in a pile.
I am taking the fashion selection out of my newsfeed this morning. It hasn’t helped me even the least bit. It just made me feel like I am not quite the trendsetter or fashion icon that I had hoped I was.
My takeaway from all this? I can see how easy it would be for our youth, female or male, to measure their value against what everyone else has determined to be the gauge.
It should be no wonder to any of us that society puts huge pressure on kids to make a determination on their self worth by the cost, quality or branding of what they wear.
We, as adults, parents and guardians should be sending more messages about being practical, sensible, and comfortable with what we have.
The stronger message is that no one should be telling us our value based on a price tag alone. Ever.
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.
We will be here. If you need a cop, give us a call.
BPD Duck of Justice is published in BDN Maine Weekly on Thursdays. This installment is for Apr. 5.