It's not necessarily a day of rest: it' Christmas! On Christmas day most of us don't lay around in one place all day. There are family visits, Church and all kinds of stops in between. Good thing the folks over at Sociology of Style have thought of everything to get us through! http://sociologyofstyle.com/2012/12/24/the-5-outfits-of-christmas-and-some-holiday-tech-tips/ The 5 … Continue reading Get Your Christmas Style On! Sociology Of Style 5 Outfits Of Christmas
I love it when the holiday tips come with a little bit of context. Thanks to Sociology of style for elaborating on the social significance of partying and helping us with some tools for surviving the merriment. Holiday Bacchanalia & Collective Effervescence: The Social Significance of Partying No holiday is complete without its accompanying … Continue reading Holiday Party Context From Sociology Of Style
If you are among the youtube watching masses, music enthusiasts or otherwise avid followers of popular culture, then you are likely among the close to 900 million viewers and counting who have seen this video by prolific South Korean superstar hip hop artist Psy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 What kind of content could possibly overtake Justin Bieber (who … Continue reading Gangnam Style In Context: A Global Phenomenon In Appreciation of Irony?
As I always say, context is everything. Some of that context is obvious: what you see around you and the deeply held beliefs or cultural values that you carry with you. These things ultimately have an impact on your day-to-day actions and ultimately your behavior as a consumer - one who purchases things. The … Continue reading Music To My Wallet: A Sociology Of Style Perspective On The Soundtrack Of Shopping
For the record: this ear my wife and I are going as Wayne and Garth. The dog, however, is wearing her sexy bitch costume. But here is an interesting commentary from my favorite new fashionista-pologist on the sexualization of Halloween: http://sociologyofstyle.com/2012/10/15/turning-tricks-or-a-liberating-treat-unmasking-the-hyper-sexualization-of-halloween/
It's like a drug: the thrill of the hunt and adrenaline rush that comes with finding a great bargain on that perfect pair of shoes / jeans that you didn't even know you wanted! Our American Consumer culture has created this addiction to the deal: BoGos and Super-Sales and Black Friday's. It's a phenomenon worthy … Continue reading More Sociology of Style: The Bargain Hunting Bug!
I call it Geek Chic and rock it in earnest (rather than as an ironic statement), but to "big ballers" and those who (apparently) have fashion sense, style rebellion now comes in the form of nerding-it-up. Here is yet another insightful commentary from Anna Akbari at the Sociology of Style: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a1fa30d0325c6e2f5b6bcfe98&id=32602b9e24&e=a8111e8518
I have been spending a lot of time in the past year doing work in the apparel and retail space...studying the cultural context that influences how and why different types of consumers choose the clothing styles and brands that they use to cover themselves up everyday or to uncover their unique personal identities. Like when … Continue reading The Sociology of Style: Are Women “Dressing For Success” Only To Encourage A Corporate Culture of Failure?