The Salvation Army isnt going to like what I am going to say, but I have to say it. If
you really want to stay fly, dont throw any of your clothing away. My
closets are overflowing with clothes, sneakers, jerseys, jackets and
other such great clothing. Oh, I forgot to mention - much of it is five
or more years old! Allow me to explain...and offer several pictures to prove my point.You know, I believe fashion is like sweet
revenge, what comes around, goes around. So, I keep my old clothing so
that I can wear it when it comes back in style. Remember that throwback
jersey craze? I have all my throwbacks. The button-up phase that Jigga
ushered in? I love my crisp button-ups! I even have a goose-down jacket
from the mid-90s. Remember how Phat Farm used to make the matching
jean jackets with the jeans? I still have that. In fact, thats
reminiscent of the manner Run DMC and Jam Master Jay used to dress -
classic! Yes, that is another point - buy classic clothing.
All you dudes buying these crazy unique hoodies? Oh yeah, man, I like
them too, but can you really rock that in a year? Its like milk and
that fashion will sour at some point. I advise normal people to buy the
occasional hip garment, but dont go crazy. At that point, you are
simply wasting money, when you could apply that to a house, a business
or merely stacking paper.I dont throw anything away, but I
take care of my clothing. I get it dry cleaned. I dont wear it all
that much so most of it stays relatively fresh, even t-shirts. I have a
lot of clothing, because I know where to cop. (Remember shop at places
that sell name brands at discount prices!) So, Im retaining clothes
like water on a chubby girl. But, Im in there!As for the
Salvation Army, I give, but not at much as I would like to offer.
However, there will always be an influx of gear from all these people
that continuously buy the flyest, trendiest clothing of our times. When
I give, I will ensure that the needy people dont look out of fashion.
So that my point is clear, observe the images below.
One of these guys has been wearing the same hoodie for 40 years and the other won't be able to wear his another day. Some fashions might be different, but they don't make sense, dude (unless you are studying bear life for Outdoors magazine)!
One of these women will be considered a fashion icon and the other will never be laughed at. Lil' Kim is the icon in fashion (with the giant c-toe) and Gabrielle Union is the one that generally plays it safe with classy classic looks.
Can you see why I never wore Cross Colours gear back in the day? You look crazy in the future! These guys were the shiznit for one day with all these damn colors!
See, Dr. Jay in the 80's & was a class act. Guess what will never go out of style even though throwbacks are not in style? His Sixers jersey. I have one!
Pursuit of Fly is AHH columnist illseeds column for the fashionably challenged.