“Fashionable” in Bushwick: A Look at the Five Most Common Sartorial Styles

October 31, 2014 3 1316 Burned by The Bush, Fashion
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In this edition of Burned by the Bush, we explore the five types of sartorial styles most common to the neighborhood. Generally uninspired, they’re not bad “looks,” per se, but it’s unlikely that they’ll ever make it into a Met exhibit.

The shapeless look

The shapeless look

The “I Don’t Care What You Think of Me:” Formless clothing, usually in some sort of beige or other neutral color, paired with denim and/or tights. If male, denim skinny jeans.

Many Bushwickians look fresh from a Forever 21 catalogue

Many Bushwickians look fresh from a Forever 21 catalogue

The “I Just Moved Here From the Midwest or Midtown:” This lot tends to find it difficult to let go of their chain-friendly milieu, i.e. a lot of garb from Forever 21, H&M and the like.

The thrift shop aesthetic

The thrift shop aesthetic

The “I’m Not Sure If I Want to Admit I’m Past 30:” Not that anyone over 30 is allowed to exist in Bushwick, but when they do, they usually try to conceal it. Typically by shopping at Vice Versa or Beacon’s Closet.

Is looking like you shop at Rainbow really worth looking like you shop at Rainbow?

Is looking like you shop at Rainbow really worth looking like you shop at Rainbow?

The “Cost-Conscious:” These people are by far the biggest embarrassment to Bushwick “fashion,” favoring places like Rainbow on Flushing Avenue or La Esquina on Bushwick Avenue.

Being semi-corporate is the hardest sartorial group to be a part of in Bushwick

Being semi-corporate is the hardest sartorial group to be a part of in Bushwick

The “I Have A Real Job:” This group is a smaller population in Bushwick, and must deal with the forced duality of dressing “normally” for an office, while also having a separate wardrobe that makes them “Bushwick in.”

Written by Genna Rivieccio

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