So since there weren’t enough positive examples of stylish Chinese people out of the 3,707 pictures I took in 2010, I had to find a way to make a cohesive Top 10 of 2010 Post… It took me 6 installments to complete the Top 10 List (as there were too many pictures), so I thought I would recap and make it a bit more straightforward.
So what I’ve done is I’ve highlighted the MOST of everything… The most appalling trends in China (posts 10 and 9), the most bizarre and hilarious employment of clothing (posts 8 and 7), the most beautiful of loiterers (posts 6 and 5), the oldest and youngest examples of style in China (posts 4 and 3), and the best best best things I saw in China all year in terms of how the sartorial connects to the individual (posts 2 and 1).
So, for your amusement and convenience, here’s the recap!:
10 – Primitive Consumption (top of post)
The “style” of dress in China where people pile on loads of (real or fake) Burberry Tartan, LV and Gucci Monogram, etc. etc. This is what I saw January 1st, 2010 and I hope I’ll never see it again in 2011 (wait, too late, already have):
9 – Moo Boots (bottom of post)
Although not as appalling and conspicuous and grossly gaudy as primitive consumption, Moo Boots are not a good trend (Cow print in general is used farrr too widely in Chinese street style).
8 – Conspicuous Consumption via Pajamas (bottom of post)
This is kinda blah from an aesthetic point of view, but also a funny phenomenon… Basically, people wear pajamas outside to demonstrate that they live in that vicinity, and if it’s somewhere like ritzy Jing An District where this photo was taken, it’s definitely a Chinese form of conspicuous consumption.
7 – Loud Beats Saved Her Life (bottom of post)
I’m not a huge fan of wording on clothing in general, but this one was pretty hilarious… Her sweater declaring “Loud Beats Saved My Life” is actually matched perfectly by her expression… But even though this can be funny at times, I don’t like how overall the Chinese Fashion System is so literal! You definitely can’t wear clothing ironically in China.
I love the idea of conspicuous leisure, and in Western Yunnan Province, there’s lots of time for snackin’ and relaxin’… I love this particular lounging/lunching lady because she uses elements of the Naxi minority dress, but still looks very contemporary but appropriate.
5 – Street Corner Hipsters (whole post)
These were the two that started it all, the very first poster-kids for chinesepeoplehavenostyle! But these two definitely do, take a close look at the cut of the girl’s jacket… I think they are especially impressive because most kids their age in Shanghai look like logo billboards, but these two are more inconspicuous and cool about their sartorial choices:
4 – Old Chinese People Have Style (bottom of post)
Lots of old Chinese people have impressed me with their sense of style, I think it has to do with the details. Although under Mao there wasn’t a lot of “fashion” per se, there is something about how old people in China used little details and accessories to express a lot of their individuality… Take a look at the head-scarf, as well as the contrast of color on top:
3 – Kids! (top of post)
Kids are always interesting, although their clothing choices aren’t really choices… It shows a big about the parents though, and they can certainly help their child to find and express their individuality. The elegance of the first girl is unmatched, but the second girl is also beautiful in a different way… She represents diversity through minority dress, and I hope she will continue to use elements of it in the future!
2 – The Most Creative Man in China (whole post)
Some of you may take offense to this, but I sincerely believe that this man is not only creative with his limited resources but that he also has a great eye for aesthetic… Even though he is homeless, his clothes reflect more than the amount of money he has; it shows his creativity and eye for aesthetic, so take a close look at the stitching in the 2nd picture… This could seriously be from Comme!!
1 – The Most Ironically Dressed Woman in China (bottom of post)
The reason why this lady is at the top of the list is not only because I got a picture of her being punched in the back of the head and kicked in the thigh (2nd picture)… It’s also because this is the first great example of irony in clothing. Her heart-shaped sunglasses did not match her fiery personality, which eventually got her reprimanded by the police. But she looked like a rockstar, and I hope that people in China will start dressing a little less literally.