I'm going to try and remember to post a new regular feature here at the Reluctant Paladin, called "Style Saturday". I say try... because pretty much the only reason that my only other weekly feature (Girl Friday) gets posted on time each week is that I sit down and create 4 or 5 of them at once and schedule them to post automatically :)
Otherwise, Girl Friday would only make it to the web about twice a month - probably on a Tuesday, at that.
Anyway, the gist of Style Saturday will be to showcase stuff from the past and present that I think embodies what I think looks beautiful, or elegant, or fine. I've carped often enough about the general laziness in our style these days and since I'm a visual person it only makes sense to express my impressions through visual media.
Yes.. I will most probably over idealize and romanticize things. That's what I do :) That's part of what nostalgia is for anyway, isn't it?. I know we live in a wonderful age of miracles and amazing achievement. I think its terrific that we have high-speed internet, modern medicine, and air conditioning. But in gaining all the good, I think we lost some important things along the way.
It may be art, it may be architecture, it may be clothing, or lifestyle, or whatever strikes my fancy at that particular moment. Sometimes I'll just let it stand on its own, and sometimes I show it in contrast with what I think is its antithesis ..... like this:
Geez.... what a douchebag.
You think you look "good", Junior? I got news for you. You can't in your wildest dreams ever achieve the bad-ass quotient laid down by these Cats:
Click the image to see it LARGE at Shorpy.com
That's Easter Day on Chicago's South Side in 1941.
Even little kids knew how to look cool in 1941. Or at least their Mother's did, and that's probably where even more of the difference between now and then lies - if truth be told.