"Plaid is exploding" -- and what it means
Anita Sharpe on Culture
The New York Times has weighed in again -- this time on the front page -- on the dramatic change in teenage fashion. Say it again: grunge and goth are out, khakis and crew-necks are in.
Companies like Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and American Eagle Outfitters are seeing sales surge. And it's probably a matter of days, if not hours or minutes, before the pundits begin heralding a new era of conservatism sweeping American campuses.
But I suspect the fashion shift speaks to something else. The kids buying these clothes were in their last years of elementary school or starting junior high on Sept. 11, 2001. Perhaps more than any other age group, their psyches were shaped by this event.
They saw the priorities of their parents and the world around them change. They saw that, at the end of the day, a sense of purpose and engagement are what matter. They saw that being a slacker is no way to go through the world. And this is the fashion statement of the newest generation.
(Or am I making way too much out of a plaid blazer?)