Iconic pieces of clothing, they come in many shapes and forms. You have probably all read at least FIFTY magazines mentioning “the LBD” (because REAL iconic pieces are known by abbreviation). You know, that “basic, simple, elegant black dress you can dress UP and DOWN with perfectly picked accessories”. It should be flattering but modest, suitable both for parties or a day of work. Yadeyadeyade. Seriously, do those magazines actually KNOW how a woman’s brain works? I don’t think many women get very passionate about one boring ass dress they can wear every single day.
Shouldn’t an iconic piece be AWESOME and memorable? The Little Black Dress is like a plain slice of bread in garmentform. I don’t know about you, but a plain slice of bread doesn’t exactly ring my bell. An iconic piece of clothing shouldn’t remind you of plain bread, it should remind you of the most awesome-ass sandwich ever made in the history of mankind. With peanutbutter and bananas and nutella and butter and pickles and lasagne and cherry pie and mozzarella and pancakes and roast chicken and everything you love, thrown together between two slices of bread, with whipped cream on top.
Now THAT would be an iconic sandwich.
And what is the garment equivalent of that EPIC sandwich?
The Cosby Sweater or CS.
I don’t know about you, but I have always had a soft spot for weird prints, especially on sweaters. My dad used to have this WILD sweater with like a PINK fireworks print against a background of THE UNIVERSE or something. I’m really sad I don’t have that sweater anymore, because I would be workin’ it.
Crazy sweaters are a rare commodity these days, which of course only adds to their EPIC status, but this does make me slightly sad. I would love to find a CS that has a print of a dude running a marathon in bright yellow sneakers, like this one on their namesake wearer. But alas, I will have to make do with my own vintage fair isle sweater. I soothe my needy mind with the idea that Bill Cosby might wear fair isle CSs if he’d go on a skiing trip or something like that.
If I can spread my fabulous idea to the rest of the world, maybe magazines will start writing articles about how EVERY girl should own a CS. Maybe H&M will start stocking all kinds of novelty print sweaters. I’m starting a revolution here!
What deserves the ICON status more, the AWESOMENESS that is the Cosby sweater or some boring old little black dress (note the neutral choice of words)? And do you guys have any other icon nominees? Be creative!