Subcultures and alt styles aren’t all there is to men’s fashion that’s a little off the beaten track. There are also plenty of styles that can be loosely grouped together as the “alternative mainstream” – and this Pug Life T-Shirt neatly fits into several of those categories at once. Read on to learn a little more about them, and how you could style this tee to fit in with them each in turn.
- Internet geek chic and the mainstreaming of the meme.
All of a sudden, a new phrase had become temporarily immortal: “I didn’t choose the thug life; the thug life chose me.” It’s on pictures and posters and blogs and tweets, it’s a hashtag and a tag tag and everything else that the internet had suddenly granted us with the vocabulary for. By playing into that, you’re linking yourself up with a whole alternately mainstream set of the very coolest kind of geek – and you’ll be able to wear your corduroy trousers and suspender braces with flair and panache.
- Cleaning up American gangster culture.
Obviously, the ides of a “thug” is in and of itself a lot darker than the actual image of a cheeky little dog on the front of this punning attire might suggest. That in and of itself could well be a good thing – it’s attempting to make the American gangster culture that has become so internationally all-pervasive into something humorous, something light, something that should, can andwillbe ridiculed. Obviously wearing a t-shirt isn’t going to change the world, but the basic idea is probably a step in the right direction. This is one particular sub culture that we’d all rather have less of in our lives, after all.
Working with hipster irony.
Hipsters get a bad rap at the moment, and that’s actually kind of a shame. After all, it’s really just about people taking themselves seriously – and while being able to laugh at yourself is essential, useful and attractive, there’s a risk in modern culture that people loose all sincerity.
The hipster style, for which this particular top would work wonderfully, is a way to express sincerity and explore anachronisms, and that isn’t anything to be abashed of. Wear your new t-shirt with the thick rimmed glasses of the hipster crowd, and try to consider what a wardrobe full of puns could really say about you.