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08 Jun 2009 - 15:3915548
Does anyone else wonder about this?
Although this might not apply to those who do lots of casual cosplays, I have been wondering lately about this and I'm curious if people think the same thing.
When I walk the streets on an average day or I'm even in a uni lecture, I see most average people wearing the same high street bought clothes day in and day out, and to me it's starting to feel rather humdrum. When I watch anime, read manga or go to a con, I see a whole variety of wonderful and interesting outfits. So does anyone else wonder why people all wear the same simple or rather boring (applies to people in business suits especially, they look like they wanna commit suicide) clothing day in and day out? Personally when I hear people being criticised on the street for looking "weird" I actually want to congratulate them for being unique. (although I don't because I fear coming across as sarcastic)


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08 Jun 2009 - 15:4415549
I agree entirely with that, the world is like a grey school uniform. haha lame example but still, 's allways the same. me and my freinds try to look different and most often just get abuse hurled at us, unfortunately for the hurlers we are fairly intelligent and so our pelys make them look/show-their-true-intellect like idiots.
why cant there be a revolution or something where everyone looks interesting for the day?


08 Jun 2009 - 16:0315550
Quote Jeff_Kamiki_Jurai:
When I walk the streets on an average day or I'm even in a uni lecture, I see most average people wearing the same high street bought clothes day in and day out, and to me it's starting to feel rather humdrum.


Sounds to me like your a fashion student...or if you're not, maybe you should think about it XD

The biggest limiter out there is work rules on clothes. e.g If you work for us you may not dye your hair unnatural colours, no piercings, smart dress only etc.
Also a lot of people just take a more practical interest in clothes. Is it comfy? Then it's good. I must admit this is generally me, any time spent getting ready in the morning is time better spent sleeping.

I'd love to see more variety out there (though I work in Soho, so it's pretty colourful), it actually scared me when I got on the tube and realised EVERYONE in the packed carriage was wearing blue jeans except me. Attack of the clones!


08 Jun 2009 - 16:0715551
Quote Amy-Lou:
Also a lot of people just take a more practical interest in clothes. Is it comfy? Then it's good. I must admit this is generally me, any time spent getting ready in the morning is time better spent sleeping.

Haha, ditto!


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08 Jun 2009 - 16:0815552
I find where I am quite a few people go around looking rather interesting and brightly coloured. But for some reason when you come in cosplay that's rather "neutral" people have a tendency to notice.

That or it could be because we know we're in cosplay that we think people are looking at it.

I went around dressed as Grell the other day and it really didnt look that much out of the norm since I didn't have the big coat and just wore a waistcoat which some people do about my town. Not to mention you see more then one person with bright red hair. I only got a few looks from the odd person but still felt very out of it and if everyone was watching me.

But it's true that alot of fashion and stuff these days is all the same. LORD knows how many blonds look identical about my college and just walking around town. They all the same and I cant really tell one from the other most of the time. XD


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08 Jun 2009 - 16:2315556
See, thing is I like suits. But you have to see with clothing that from a generic perspective all clothing looks the same, but realistically what people wear is actually very different. Little hints make outfits different, even if it's the same style. Everyone may be wearing blue jeans, but they all won't be the same pair. It's just very subtle

I think what you're complaining about is style, which I totally agree with, people copy style and repeat it adfiniteum. That's the nature of people really.

I used to wear very different and unique clothing but most of it was leaning towards female which is not how I wish to be percieved nowdays. It is very difficult to find individual male clothing that doesn't have a lot of so called feminine traits to it. I wear suits a lot because of this, but I also add a touch of victorian class to outfits. Most people won't pick up on that at a glance, so I do look a bit like a regular business man, but I know it's there and that's what counts.

Bleh, original meaning to post forgotten, here have this ramble.


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08 Jun 2009 - 17:0315560
Quote Amy-Lou:
Sounds to me like your a fashion student...or if you're not, maybe you should think about it XD
lol I'm not a fashion student I'm afraid. XD I didn't have the good art grades to do any sort of design course.

And yeah I agree there are a lot of clones wearing the same things, so much to the point of me being able to point out where they bought them. Not even nice looking things either. XD

I do notice same styles being copied day in and day out also. I stopped wearing blue jeans simply because I got sick of seeing them everywhere, plus it's getting hard for me to find plain styles now. (and after my weight loss, in my size too :/) They all have those cuts, studs and stupid blotches on them that seem to be popular.

On the thing about suits, it's generally always grey or black in the EXACT same cut I always see. With plain plastic button cuffs etc. I swear I'd drool over a nice double breasted one with brass buttons and French cuffs or something. XD


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08 Jun 2009 - 19:4115566
Although if you look at it objectively... someone who had never seen common fashion would probably think that it's really quite strange and interesting! It's only because we're so used to it as the norm that we find it boring... Alien's would probably find it as weird as 'normal' people find cosplayers...

Maybe...XD


08 Jun 2009 - 19:5215567
Quote Jeff_Kamiki_Jurai:
Although this might not apply to those who do lots of casual cosplays, I have been wondering lately about this and I'm curious if people think the same thing.
When I walk the streets on an average day or I'm even in a uni lecture, I see most average people wearing the same high street bought clothes day in and day out, and to me it's starting to feel rather humdrum. When I watch anime, read manga or go to a con, I see a whole variety of wonderful and interesting outfits. So does anyone else wonder why people all wear the same simple or rather boring (applies to people in business suits especially, they look like they wanna commit suicide) clothing day in and day out? Personally when I hear people being criticised on the street for looking "weird" I actually want to congratulate them for being unique. (although I don't because I fear coming across as sarcastic)


I agree pretty much with what you say there, except only that I don't think it applies for the UK >.<. I was born and raised in Peru and it was only when I moved to Europe (Germany and UK) that I noticed all the different styles people wear around here. Maybe you are right, but as I'm new around here, I find the clothing style in the UK very different and varied. In my country it was much worse: all people dressing the same >.<.


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08 Jun 2009 - 19:5915568
Haw haw xD

I own naught par suits... I love them! (Litterally.. I have not had a pair of jeans since I was 6, nor "normal" clothes since I was 17)

I have sort of my own sense of style, if it were up to me I'd be wearing a top hat cloak and brandishing a cane everyday!

Paisley shirts + paisley tie's are my forte'... I don't dress loud.. Just... Smart xD


09 Jun 2009 - 05:5515577
The reason most people wear plain clothes might be because they can't sew. They're limited to what they can buy - and by what they can afford to as well. It is possible to mix and match (for example) primark clothes, but it's just easier not to.

Also, must follow herd. Must be sheep. Must not stand out. <- Ingrained in human consciousness. We've already broken free. (Well, actually we have a different herd).


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09 Jun 2009 - 09:4015579
Got to make a point, when I went to Japan, the people there all tended to wear the same kind of thing (I mean to us, it looked different, but to them they were all wearing the same sorts of clothes). But the point is they all looked *good*. Like, amazingly good, really well-dressed. The men had amazing shoes!

Ellie and I would walk along, pause as we saw a good-looking guy with nice hair, look at his shoes, his clothes, then look at each other with mutual agreement at how good-looking everyone seemed to be. It seemed even when people were shopping they really glammed themselves up. I don't think I remember seeing a single person who was 'under dressed' around Japan.

When we got back we looked about and then complained how everyone just looked so under-dressed! I mean seriously people, how hard is it to just *look nice*. You can get clothes that are comfortable and pretty too. It doesn't always have to be jogging bottoms and loose T-shirts with hoop earrings to the neck or whatever.

I get my clothes from New Look, Primark, River Island (when my mum gives me vouchers that is) and I have a big mix of clothing. I don't really class myself in one particular group. Some days I have my Victoriana days, my punk days, my 80s days, my 90s days (recently had one in Camden and forgot how much fun backwards caps were), girly days, nautical days, etc.etc. I think people just don't have enough variety in their wardrobes, they're too much in their comfort zone I guess. Who knows. Meh.


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09 Jun 2009 - 10:2115582
well i'm usually easy to spot in the crowd with my hair alone (currently bright pink and blonde)

My parents brought me up to dress as unique as I could.

My Dad is a punk (and still to this day) and my use tomum make her own clothing.

Though recent times I have slacked on dressing up on the way out but still i own items that I know most people don't have, well atleast in the UK. (My Dad buys me a shed load of clothes from america as he's out there twice a year)

but I range from a mix of styles of clothing especially in comparrison to last year when I was one of those damned to wear black clothing that was uncomfortable, pale skin and too much black eye liner. (and after 6 years i found colour >)


09 Jun 2009 - 10:2815583
Seconding Monkey on what was said about Japanese fashion.
They are all (sweeping but generally accurate statement! xD) impecably well and beautifully dressed, but even though the fashion is different to ours, amongst themselves they all look pretty similar. Still, I felt awful when I was in Tokyo because I'd mostly bought "we're going on an adventure!" clothes with me, if you get what I mean. Never felt so out of place and badly dressed in my life.

I'm sure you could write a thesis and many books have been written on the subject of fashion, so my 2 cents here won't be much use xD But I will say I'm the type of person who occasionally makes comments on what people wear if I like it and it stands out enough. And I can gather to courage to say so 8D

Personally I dress rather ordinarily, but mainly due to living in a small town and on a school campus for my job, so anything eccentric would get reported back to work and I'd most likely be looked down on. So I'm looking forward to going off to uni in a few months!


09 Jun 2009 - 12:1215588
I fully agree with all that has been said apart from the suit thing, I personnaly possess ALOT of suits and not only do they look fantastic and are practicle but they are also very warm and comfortable . The major reason people dont dress to stand out is that there are two types of person, the follower *Content to follow and be unadorned* this isnt really a bad thing it does have its advantages it pretty much means people wont be threatened by you so you get on well.

Then there are leaders these are people who NEED to stand out. I find that most people who cosplay fit this bill. This is the main reason I love the community.

I dress victorian partly because I have a love for the era and partly because it represents who I am. I am all for comfort as Amy-Lou was saying and this is what I feel good wearing.

"WARNING"This is only a theory but I think the way people dress is a reflect of there fearS, fear of being noticed and a fear of being ignored I think it was Oscar Wilde that said "the only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about" and isnt that a wonderful way to see the world

Thoughts over sorry for ranting and having bad spelling/punct


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09 Jun 2009 - 12:1415589
Well, in my case it's a deliberate choice.

I don't like to attract attention when I'm out in my ordinary day-to-day life. I live in London, where it's often not a good idea to attract attention to yourself because it can lead to danger. I was also brought up in a very strait-laced town in Surrey, where if you differed from the norm it tended to cause trouble. I'm physically pretty much unable to defend myself, so I'd rather do everything I can to avoid having to. Previous experience has made me very mistrustful of people I don't know.

Cosplay's another matter, generally. It takes place in an enclosed environment full of like-minded people, many of whom I know and could trust to come to my aid in a difficult situation. Cosplay is my chance to express myself creatively whilst still feeling safe.


09 Jun 2009 - 12:3715591
I'm like Odangochan, my plain clothing is deliberate.

I wear whats comfortable and whats not going to get me abuse shouted or items hurled at me. After 22 years of living in Doncaster and slowly watching a decline in the general courtesy and manners of most of the chav generation in the town, I would not want to wear something that can be pointed out in the street. Put it this way, when you get a glass bottle thrown at you, or an air rifle shot at you for being too pale, then you know that wearing something outlandish or 'unique' is going to cause more trouble. I /still/ get abuse shouted at me for wearing skinny jeans for crying out loud. -_-

People should be allowed to wear what they want, and if they want to wear high street clothing or the same clothes as their friends then so be it.
Lots of people can say its because everyone wants to be a sheep (And yes, some people might like conforming to society, while others do it to save face...literally! XD), but honestly, without knowing every single persons back story, how they were brought up, their money income, where they live...pretty much everything about them that makes them who they are, then we can't really say 'Oh they should do this and this and that, and they should have this on their clothes and they shouldn't shop at [insert store] cause everyone does, I want to see this that and the other etc, etc' because we just don't know these people and why they dress the way they do.

Some people honestly don't give a monkeys in what they wear and figure as long as they aren't naked its fine, but some people take pride in following fashion, while others want to dress like their friends for various reasons. Everyone probably has a reason for their dress sense, and saying you'd like to see 'insert item/style/etc here' is a nice concept, but think about it, if this suddenly came into fashion, then it wouldn't be unique anymore and then you're back at square one. XD

I'm sure a lot of people would like to dress differently, but thanks to so many different elements in society you really can't if you don't live in the right place. I mean you can argue that you live in where ever, get abuse tossed at you and still wear what you like, but not everyone is the same and everyone takes stares and abuse differently, so while it might not effect one person, or several persons, it might really effect another. I know for a fact that I would love to wear some of the more unusual clothes I have in my wardrobe like my skinny flares or my kimono based jacket, but living in the place I live in means its just too dangerous. I'd rather wear plain jane clothes then get my face smashed in to be honest. XD I use cosplay as my means of clothing escapisim instead, because no one dare come up to several thousand people and insult them. And obviously I enjoy cosplay too. Hehe.

...I probably make no sense but er...shush! I make sense to myself! ;_;
I hope I don't sound like I'm having a real dig, I do come off as that sometimes, so if any of this sounds rude, please don't take it that way


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12 Jun 2009 - 23:0515778
I think I pretty much agree with everything Member-XI said. (^_^)

When I watch anime, read manga or go to a con, I see a whole variety of wonderful and interesting outfits
Yeah, but...people don't wear these everyday, do they? They're costumes and they've have all been copied from something else too, haven't they, from anime/manga/videogame characters and celebrities, J-fashions, etc. It's not like wearing a cosplay costume is original, you're just copying it from a TV show/comic book XD A convention is like a fancy dress party, and we don't all wear fancy dress every day...

Also, I've seen many cosplayers whose costumes are impecabble, but I've seen many many many more whose costumes are badly made, falling apart, dirty, they haven't brushed their hair, had a shower, etc. I think making an effort to actually look presentable is sometimes better than going for a 'unique' costume that you've worn three times in the past three days...:S

So does anyone else wonder why people all wear the same simple or rather boring (applies to people in business suits especially, they look like they wanna commit suicide) clothing day in and day out?
Because there's a time and a place for everything....working a full-time job, you can't just turn up for work wearing whatever you fancy, you've got to look appropriate. In the real world, it's just not that appropriate to wander about dressed all that outrageously; there's lots of factors involved, like comfort, accessibility to other clothes, safety, expense, where you're going, what you'll be doing, etc.

Maybe it's just me, but when I see people on the street dressed "differently", most of the time they parallel everybody who walks around in high-street clothes; they all look exactly the same. That's why when a style is referred to as alternative, I smile...it can't be alternative if a large group of people are still wearing it! ^_~

This makes me sound like a total straight laced high-street junkie but I'm not; my favourite fashion is actually Gothic Lolita, but there's no way I would wear my £250 dresses, £400 coats and £200 shoes etc out and about everyday; they would get ruined, and I would look and feel ridiculous going off to work or for a pint of milk down the shops dressed like that. I wear them for special occassions and events where I know they'll be appreciated and I can't damage them; it makes them more special for me, too. On an average day I wear stuff I've bought from the high-street that's pretty and practical, and that stuff can still look lovely and unique. Most of the time it's about how you're wearing it, not what you're wearing, I think. ^_^

I do see what you're saying, it would be nice if people were more open minded, I think. :3


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