One of the best parts of fashion is that its influence lives on far beyond that initial release or purchase. And especially in men's fashion, we tend to lean more toward classic styles that can survive for years or even decades. But it has become clear that the current crop of men's style lovers are beyond observant of when and where you bought your favorite pieces. And they may even frown upon wearing said pieces outside of the appropriate season. I recently saw a blog post in which the writer painfully noted that Scott Disick was wearing a pair of Balmain jeans from two years ago in a paparazzi shot. While there was a sense of disapproval in the writer's tone, I couldn't help but wonder if this was such a bad thing. If you look good in what you're wearing, does it really matter what season it's from? If I'm wearing something from last year, would guys really be able to tell? While I can certainly appreciate a fondness for and expansive knowledge of fashion, I don't approve of season snobbery. And here's why you shouldn't either.
1. It makes you look ridiculous.
Maybe back in the 90s when fashion was at its height of exclusivity, you could've gotten away with this. But we now live in a culture of access vs. excess. The blogger next door is just as influential as the designers from Fashion Week. When IG'ers see an outfit they like, they just want to know where they can buy it. No one really cares about what season each item is from. So stop showing off and just wear whatever you want.
2. Value is king now, boo.
The vast majority of us are not shopping designer. And as I learned in Tokyo, even buying designer on consignment is aspirational. Mass consumption fashion is all about looking dapper without exhausting your bank account. And because of the value direction of fashion retailers, no one really knows when you bought that piece. It could be from two years back or from five minutes ago. At the speed that we devour images and fast fashion alike, it doesn't pay to invest time studying seasons.
3. it's a lonely club.
There just aren't that many of you. Obsessing over what designer released what piece in what season is so 2000. It's proof that you aren't in touch with regular people or the changing pace of the fashion industry. You're on a quest to prove that you're smarter and wealthier. But frankly, to pursue this kind of mission in 2016 is futile and makes you seem dumber. To limit people to certain seasons is to miss the point of fashion in the first place. It's about freedom of expression whether it's vintage from 1979 or brand spanking new from Milan Fashion Week.
4. You have too much free time on your hands.
Seriously, unless you're a fashion editor for The New York Times, you need to invest your energy into something more productive than snobbery. Start your own fashion line. Start a blog. Get a job writing for The New York Times. Do something. Anything other than turning up your nose at someone in last year's Saint Laurent.
5. You could actually be a productive member of society.
I'm a fashion blogger. I get it. I write about fashion so I too have to invest time in learning more about the industry and keeping up with current fashion events. But there are other ways to contribute to society. If your sole purpose of fashion knowledge is to spot clothing from seasons past, you could invest time in learning a new skill that could actually help people. Your attention to detail could lead to a promising career in the medical field or science. Think about it. Think about anything other than the old jeans that guy's wearing.