Friday, May 27, 2011

Is there such thing as 'alternative'?

Twitter has been abuzz for the past two days with the news out Urban Outfitters ripping off another independent designer's jewelry design (as seen here).  I suppose I'll be adding this to my list of why I don't support Urban Outfitters as a corporation/trend.

I have nothing against Urban Outfitters as a great place to get pieces to turn into their own creation, but it's when people start calling it 'alternative' that gets me.  I shouldn't be targeting just UO though.  I think this stands for any trend.  I have trouble with 'alternative' as a style because it has become a sort of mainstream in itself.  A prime example being the hipster trend.  I mean, how many thick-rimmed glasses, plaid shirt wearing, indie music listening guys will we see until we acknowledge that alternative is becoming the mainstream?  In the pursue of being different, companies such as Urban Outfitters have created a different kind of trend that still embodies the same principles as the mainstream- unoriginality and people that eat up whatever clothing is deemed 'trendy'.  Again, don't get me wrong- I like the style, but I just think it's misrepresented. 

I'd love to know your thoughts.
Is there such thing as 'alternative fashion'? To what extent are we creative and original with our personal style?


  1. Hmm I think I might be confused by this post. Do you mean alternative as in like a "rock" look, or just an alternative way of style?

    Live Life in Style

  2. I completely agree with the whole alternative hipster thing.. It is way too mainstream now.. I feel like everyone in NYC has fallen into this and they still don't consider themselves "mainstream"

    All the best, Angel

  3. I feel as if "alternative" really no longer exists. To some extent we all copy each other. We frequently grab and borrow from those that inspire us. The hipster trend will die out much like "emo." It's simply another fad.

    je peux tout faire.

  4. Not anymore, when I was at school I used to get kind of bullied for dressing 'alternative' and listening to alternative music. Now all the cool kids look like I did when I was 14!

  5. I've never heard of this brand, Urban Outfitters, but I agree with you that the personal style of people who choose to dress 'alternative' is being abused, as it's just being reproduced all through the fashion industry. It strikes me as almost fake.
    lots of love from your follower, Veena <3

  6. Great post Sabrina! re: what is personal style? I think you know my answer already. Its interesting that we both made a post on the same issue yet from different perspective.


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