Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fashion Statement

OK...So I was at the store today and I saw this girl who was wearing a t-shirt I liked. It was made of a thin material and had green lettering on the white fabric. It said, "Green is good." I like that. Green is is good. is good. And since I am becoming more and more interested in living green, I just had to comment on her shirt.

"I like your shirt." I said.

"Thanks." She said a bit bewildered as I am apparently old in her eyes.

"Where'd you get it?" I asked.

"At Macy's." She said trying to figure out how to get away from said-old person.

"Really?" I said. "So are you an environmentalist?"

"Uh." She said.

"An environmentalist." I said. "You know, are you into saving the environment and stuff (trying to throw in a teenish-term) like that."

"Uh." She said. "I don't think so."

And that was the end of our not-so-intelligent conversation.

I don't think so? I don't think so. How do you answer a question like that with, I don't think so? Oh brother.

So here's my advice. Fashion is fashion but if you have printed words displayed across your being, you'd better be sure you know what they mean. This girl was proudly saying something to the world but didn't have a clue what it was.

What if I went around with t-shirt that said, "tax accountant"? Wouldn't you expect that I would get people asking me tax questions all the time? Of course you would. Sheesh.

And that's my rant for the day.

So what t-shirt would you proudly and honestly wear? Writer? Encourager? Keeper of Secrets?



moonslice (from AW) said...

Good post! I agree. I'm also in the process of becoming more green. That what my blog is about.

sam said...

Maybe she just liked the color? Or thought "green" referred to money? Or inexperience? I don't know, but I'd wear that "Keeper of Secrets" shirt you mentioned.

Eileen said...

Hey Karen, Fun topic! I find myself doing something similar - responding to people's t-shirts when the opportunity presents itself. Here in Russia, people rarely understand what their t-shirts say - similar in some ways to the Miss Green in your story - because the shirts are often in English. Well, I like to offer my services as *translator of English-language t-shirts* which I do without much prompting. This language thing can get interesting because it seems that "seconds" get sold here -- particularly mispellings -- because few are the wiser. (Except for yours truly of course, or any other native speaker of English.)

A recent example - A young lady at church was wearing a pink t-shirt with "Cheeky" done in silver sparkles across the front. She had already asked a local translator friend for the meaning and understood that it meant "hen, mature female chicken."

Idioms have a way of making things particularly interesting. Thank you for your post! Sounds like Miss Green was in need of YOUR translation skills herself. =)

Karen L. Alaniz said...

I'll go check it out moonslice.

Sam- That did occur to me. Perhaps she thought it meant money. It had the green arrow recycling symbol on it so it was clear to me what it meant. But maybe not to her. Or maybe she didn't know what an environmentalist is.

Eileen- That is hysterical. And she still wanted to wear it? Funny. When my daughter was in elementary school, a friend of hers wore a bracelet with chinese symbols on it. After wearing it a LONG time, she asked someone who knew the language-what it said. It said, "I hate Americans." Bad awful that someone would do something like that.

Anyway- you all always have such thought-provoking comments.


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Jennifer said...

"You know, are you into saving the environment and stuff (trying to throw in a teenish-term) like that."

Ha ha ha. I'm rolling here. The whole post rocked. That would be like me wearing a "spider love" tee.

I'd gladly wear the green tee; although I would not shop for said shirt at Macy's because they aren't very eco-friendly. Bad eco-scores. But that's most biggie places.

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Eeew! Spiders. I don't like those very much and it would freak me out to wear such a thing, though my son brought home a Preying Mantis yesterday. I'm managing to stay in the same room with it, but I'm not very happy about it.

Yeah- I know what you mean about Macy's. But they've sure figured out that they can sell green-wear...they just need a warning label, "Caution, some middle-aged person might talk to you if you wear this." They'd never sell another one! Ha! Maybe I'll make a cute little tag that says that and sneak it on the tag...maybe not.