Trends come and go so quickly and we often see people dressed in eccentric styles. These days we aren’t so shocked when we see someone dressed a bit differently, especially in bigger cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester. Some parts of London are especially known for their styles like Camden or Shoreditch.
Against gendered expectations
The line is becoming increasingly blurred between male and female clothing as people are becoming more accepting of being gender neutral. Many people are speaking up, opposing the ideas that men and women should be dressed according to their sex.
Although fashionistas are saying that they don’t agree with gender rules, some research suggests that we’re still stuck in our old ways. Psychologists in New Jersey found that attitudes towards gender stereotypes hadn’t changed much between 1983 and 2014.
There is an argument that shows that it’s favourable for women to cross the gender barrier but perhaps not men. Back in 1990, it was found that — despite the sex of the applicant – if the clothing that they wore was more masculine, they were more likely to be hired. When men dressed in pink however (a colour commonly associated with females), they were seen as less intelligent than women who were wearing the same colour.
Another way of going against the grain when it comes to style it through eccentric clothing. You may think those who have brightly coloured hair (blue, pink, green etc.) are eccentric, but those hair colours are becoming so much more common now. In my group of friends we all have a different hair colour and we see that as normal!
People who wear unconventional socks are viewed as being rebellious and expressive. One of these people is Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister of Canada, who shows off his fun side by wearing funky socks with a traditional suit. I’m sure you’ve seen this in the news recently. You can make your own subtle ‘eccentric’ changes through patterned socks by CT shirts, online retailers of men’s formal shirts and accessories. Or make yourself stand out from the crowd by using other accessories such as scarves or cufflinks.
By dressing against the norms, studies have shown that you build a brand of being ‘gutsy’. And in fact, people have the potential to see you as more brilliant, creative and successful. Maybe this is why so many bloggers and online influencers have brightly coloured hair, it’s all a part of their brand and makes them instantly recognisable. One study, published in 2014, found that those who go against conformity can be viewed as of a higher status than those who don’t. They were also considered to be more competent — potentially influencing the impression that they give off in the workplace.
Do you dress against the norm?