💎 & 📛 & 👖 We could debate incessantly about the role that indigenous peoples have played in fashion. Lord knows a great way to stand out in 18th century America would be wearing a combination of wool European clothing and Native American leather buckskin britches. These banditti were marked as individuals who had “gone native.” Fast forward a couple centuries to the 1960s/70s, when “going native” with technicolor scarves and tunics from far out places was a sign of rebellion against crewcut, starched shirt squares. Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, etc. wore what your grandparents wouldn’t dare, but your parents might.
The truth is, we all like colorful things. The difficult bit is that so many of us are unsure as to the how of working it into our wardrobe. But that’s a centuries old problem. Don’t believe me? Dan Carlin (of Hardcore History fame) relays a story of Mongol hordes sacking the Far East and Middle East, and one of the things they desired most were silks of all colors. If even barbarians like technicolor, shouldn’t we all?