You Are Not A Billboard

When I was younger, back in my urban style of dress ways, a young lady approached me asking me why do I wear “other people’s clothes”.  I was confused, for a moment.  Afterall, I brought this Sean John sweat suit brand new.  I was the only owner.  What on earth was she talking about?I asked her to explain what she meant.  And what she was trying to ask was why do I wear clothes with the designer’s name plastered all over it. I must admit that at that time, the rhetorical inquisition was above my level of comprehension.  As I look back on those years and as I observe those still patrons of that style of dress, I do recognize the billboard-like look of it all.  
I truly was like a walking billboard for Sean John and Rocawear.  The big gaudy logos and brand names printed all over your apparel is common in the urban world, but it’s tacky…and senseless.  It’s low-class. 
Let’s make an effort to do better.  Let’s try to avoid the massive logos, and even the monogram prints.  Of course, I am a little guilty now and then…with a polo horse here, crocodile there…even a small “YSL” or “Dior” symbol on my necktie.  However, I do attempt to dress myself in a manner in which passersby cannot look at me and see what brand(s) I am wearing.  If anyone want to know “who I am wearing”, I would rather that information come from me, rather than the designer.  Those days of being a walking billboard are long behind me. 
At this point in my life, I prefer to dress myself with more class and sophistication.  I put a lot of soul into my style of dress…my soul.  The way I dress and carry myself is a reflection of how I feel about myself.  My style of dress is not a mobile advertisement for some designer who I have never met.  Therefore, when passersby see me, I make sure they see me…and not a designer’s name or logo.

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