There are some things about this GAOP that may convince people that I’m a bit of a douchey hipster. Firstly, the title – wood-weasels? What on earth is she on about? The title is actually a quote from a modernist poem by Marianne Moore (this is DEFINITELY a strike two). And to crown me as queen of ‘douchebaggery,’ the highlight of this outfit is my turtleneck dress.
I’m a self-confessed turtleneck junkie. I long for winter to come every year just so I can pull out my turtlenecked clothes (I have 5, I think) from the farthest corner of my closet. This knit dress (from Urban Outfitters) is a favourite of mine these days.
Unfortunately, people think that a turtleneck is a costume that represents the stereotypically artsy snob. Some people steer away from it as if doing so will preserve their artistic integrity or something. The ‘repulsive’ quality of turtlenecks is partly what got me into collecting and wearing them. It isn’t for the sake of irony, but for the sake of deconstructing the image of snobbery, and in turn, the power structure.
Let me explain.
The turtleneck’s status as quintessential douchewear comes from a historical, social context (like everything in the world). The ruff is possibly one of the turtleneck’s fashion predecessors. Because it was worn mostly by the royal and noble, it became associated with the upper class. Adding to that is the fact that notoriously douchey public figures have donned turtlenecks (like Andy Warhol, haha).
I have a theory that by treating the turtleneck as a marker of snobbery, you’re maintaining the power structure. Boycotting simply won’t cut it. You’ll only sustain class exclusivity because you’re reinforcing the social construct that only the high-cultured can pull off a turtleneck.
The way to go is to DISEMPOWER this social construct. I say, wear a friggin turtleneck and knock the 1% off their pedestal. Also, if you wear a turtleneck without the intent of emulating the upper class and high culture, you reduce it into what it really is – a type of clothing with a really high neck.
I realise that there is also a level of stigma around wearing circle glasses and giant sunglasses, but that’s more of an aesthetic thing, I guess. Some people think they look ridiculous, and that’s partly the reason why I like wearing them. I own four circle glasses haha. The ones I’m wearing are from Glassons.
Anyway, thanks for reading my musings about turtlenecks and the power structure!
See y’all next time.
P.S. Micro transgressions are better than no transgressions at all 😉