Now that’s a word that is sure to not only elicit strong reactions from people, but will also spark some strong opinionated and heated debatable rhetoric from, well… just about anyone with a pulse. Everyone has something to say or at least has given it a thought or two about youth in this country and usually, it’s seen through a particularly critical and narrow telescope. What will these youths become? What kind of colleges and majors are they leaning towards? Do they have jobs? Will they get jobs? What social media platforms are they utilizing the most? These are important questions. And with good reason, each generation comes with the potential to and often does exert a major influence on society by setting trends and impacting the economy. Well, all this is absolutely fascinating stuff, eh bow ties? But, let’s get serious! NONE of this garbage about jobs, education level or economical influence is really important. Nope! What IS important about each new generation is what they are wearing! That’s right. FASHION. T-R-U-T-H.
Millennials or Generation Y (i.e. my generation) has been the subject of great interest for quite some time. Selfish, ambitious, spoiled, family oriented, tech-savvy and the need to have constant praise for a job well done from their employers are just some of the common characteristics attributed to millennials. And I for one must say that some of these outrageously offensive, unfair and out of line views are… okay, somewhat true, HA! Despite some of those uh, unfavorable attributes, generation y was met with a lot of great expectations. What wonderful things would we event? What direction would we take the world (and what would we be wearing while doing so)? Yes, as the country braced for us millennial bow ties to move into the dreaded “Yuppie” phase, one gigantic stinkin’ fart stopped us… the recession!
Whew! *feverishly fanning self* I think most of you bow ties will agree with me when I say, “recession is a b*tch!” Ah yes, as we millennials graduated from college, it was expected that we would gently spill over and settle into the yuppie way of life. You know… well actually, some dude said it a lot better than I would, so without further ado:
“Yuppism… is not definable entirely by income or class. Rather, it is a late-20th century cultural phenomenon of self-absorbed young professionals, earning good pay, enjoying the cultural attractions of sophisticated urban life and thought, and generally out of touch with, indeed antithetical to, most of the challenges and concerns of a far less well-off and more parochial Middle America. For the yuppie male a well-paying job in tech, law, finance, academia or consulting in a cultural hub, hip fashion, cool appearance, studied poise, elite education, proper recreation and fitness and general proximity to liberal-thinking elites, especially of the more rarefied sort in the arts, are the mark of a real man” (Hanson, 2010)
Well, I think it’s quite obvious that generation y did not reach that level of “yuppism” described above. Especially the “good job” and “earning good pay” part. Instead, we millennials have found ourselves overeducated, underemployed (many of us working 2 jobs) and living with our parents for a pathetically unforeseeable future (i.e. BROKE!). See, the recession does suck balls! And as a result, some of us clever millennials have found ways to remain fashionable no matter what the cost (which is why stores like H & M and Zara have increased in popularity). But wait! Wait. Why should we deprive ourselves of fabulous clothing? If millennials did move into the yuppie phase, what would that look like? Well, Michael Bastian has heard our prayers and felt compassion for our sorrows… in the form of his 2016 Spring Menswear Collection, rejoice!
Oh… chunky sweaters paired with crisp white shorts underneath casual button up shirts; printed dress slacks highlighted by a smart navy blazer and sunglasses; and finally, tailored suits with velvet slippers evoke a lifestyle filled with sparkling champagne, sunny afternoons on the yacht or a casual dinner party in the Hamptons. You know, the kind of lifestyle we overeducated, snooty, self-absorbed, rich yuppie millennials are supposed to be living! Luckily for us, Mr. Bastian has wiped our tears and come to our rescue by offering this collection, a fantasy to hold us over while we wait in vain to move into our yuppie phase.
Yes, we millennials need reminding of what living the fab and luxe life would look like in a time that beckons to those days of yore when fully embodying the very definition of a yuppie was not just trendy, but an essential way of life! Bow ties, prepare to be Selfishly Stylistic. My fashion faves for Michael Bastian’s Spring 2016 Menswear collection is here and it’s Yuppie Chic! Enjoy 🙂
Oh and one more thing, you’re gonna have to work way more than two jobs to afford these clothes LOL. You hear that? That’s the sound of reality smacking you right dab in your face! Yep.
(all photos courtesy of style.com) *Click on pictures for full-size image!
Hanson, V. (2010, August 13). Obama: Fighting the Yuppie Factor Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/243667/obama-fighting-yuppie-factor-victor-davis-hanson. Retrieved August 23, 2015, from http://www.nationalreview.com/article/243667/obama-fighting-yuppie-factor-victor-davis-hanson
What do you think? Love my choices? Hate them? If you have a butthole then you have an opinion…and now would be a good time to share it! Comment below (but please be respectful).