I'm not really "good" at fashion. I wear one of three pairs of jeans and one of my many white T-shirts (all in varying stages of shrinkage and stain-having), every single day of my life. If it looks like it might be cold, I will either put on a baseball cap or work from home. If I'm feeling fancy, I'll wear something that has "Daniel!" printed on it. I never go pants shopping, because I already have pants (this has been true of me for years). I'm not particularly qualified to tell anyone how to dress or answer any style questions, unless the question is "What goes with a white T-shirt?" (Jeans!)
That said, I am an expert when it comes to a very specific fashion question: What should a person wear if they just want to be left alone for a while? Plenty of magazines tell you what you SHOULD wear this summer, or what the hot new trends are, but very few know which outfits and accessories will ensure complete solitude. Tired of having boring conversations or engaging in awkward smalltalk or generally interacting with other human beings? The following pieces of fashion poop are so offensively ridiculous, wearing them will guarantee that no one will ever want to talk to you again.
Picture your favorite animal. Now picture wearing your favorite animal's head on top of your head but (and here's where it gets surprising) not like a total badass. Spirit Hooding is the new craze that is positively sweeping at least one male model that they found for this photoshoot.
According to the website, Spirit Hoods "are a way through which we express ourselves and our unique fashion sensibilities, but they also symbolize a shared bond we all have with our wild natures." According to my eyes when they look at that website, Spirit Hoods are itchy-looking hat-scarves with built-in mittens and animal ears. They are available in a variety of awful, depending on what animal you feel more kinship with. They've got Husky ...
... Night Owl (for you "Night Owl" types out there) ...
... and even Nasty Rabbit ...
Buying and wearing a Spirit Hood is a clear and concise way of letting people know that you're the kind of person who buys and wears a Spirit Hood, and there's really no better indication that you hate life and want to be left alone forever. If anyone does approach you to comment on your scarf, you get to correct them and say "Actually, it's called a 'Spirit Hood,' " which guarantees the end of that and all conversations. Nasty Rabbit is my favorite because, while all of these designs scream, "I'm not normally around people," Nasty Rabbit is the only one that adds "and I'm really quite happy about it."
"If you try to start a conversation with me I swear to God I'm going to ask to babysit your kids."
And just in case you ladies out there were worried that you'd have no way to tell the rest of the world that your spirit animal is Accepted Loneliness, don't worry -- they sell Spirit Hoods for women, too.
Spirit Hoods allow you to wordlessly combine your twin loves of discomfort and impracticality. When the rest of society sees you with a delicately-skinned stuffed animal dripping down your back, they'll know at an immediate glance that they should not invite you to a party or engage in conversation with you, as you will be far too busy punishing yourself for being the kind of person who thinks buying a probably-shedding soft cheetah helmet is a good idea.
Dan's Fashion "Do": If you're hoping for a summer of complete solitude while all of your friends abandon you as "too far gone," I'd recommend buying no less than two Spirit Hoods. (They're only $130 each.) Having a variety of Spirit Hoods is like- oh holy shit -- $130, really? Jesus. Anyway, having a variety of Spirit Hoods is like posting a suicide note that also insults all of your friends and loved ones. It shows everyone that you're right on the edge while reminding them that you're not really worth saving.
BONUS: This isn't really a fashion do or don't, but if you look closely, there's an interesting story being told within the men's Spirit Hoods photoshoot. There are 20 different styles of Fancy Animal Scalp Vest, and only one model shows off 19 of them. A number of women show off the women's Spirit Hoods, but only two men display the men's, and the burden is far from equal. If they had one model wear every outfit, or if they got a variety of models and mixed it up, I wouldn't have raised an eyebrow. But the split is 1 versus 19. They got this blond white model to put on 19 different ensembles, but not the one called "Black Wolf."
I don't know how this happened. Maybe blondie just couldn't really own the Black Wolf look, at least not in the same way he clearly dominates Nasty Rabbit and Melting Tigress or whatever those other ones are. The Black Wolf ensemble is difficult to pull off, so it's very possible that blondie just didn't have what it takes. Alternately, maybe it was blondie who didn't want to wear the Black Wolf costume for fear that it would stunt his clearly blossoming modeling career. It's possible that he said something to the effect of "Look, I'll wear your fake dead snow leopard hat in a variety of sleeveless shirts, but Black Wolf shoulder head scarf? No thank you, I'd like to leave this shoot with some of my dignity intact. Now hand me the Black Wolf wrap that features Navajo stitching on the inside, that's much less embarrassing."
"I'm actually fine with this one."
We may never know why blondie was commissioned for just 19 ridiculous fur neck tarps, but we do know that when it came to Black Wolf, they wanted to bring in a ringer. The most needlessly crazy looking ringer they could find.
According to the Black Wolf description, this particular animal spirit "feels at home within order and chaos," which I'm sure the photographer believes is best represented by the model's use of a normal eye (order) as well as one dead, super crazy eye (chaos, nightmares, so forth).
Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses
What better way to tell your friends that you're not the person you used to be than with a pair of sunglasses that are so shitty you get pinkeye from thinking about purchasing them? (No better way.)Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses, available at the fucking Urban Outfitters, delicately mix a lack of style with a lack of functionality and total absence of shame. You might think these are harmless, as they're clearly a goofy, silly, joke purchase but make no mistake, if you ever put these on in public, absolutely everyone will hate you forever (which is great for you). Because there's no way you think these are actually better at blocking the sun than sunglasses that don't make you look like an asshole, so you're either wearing them because you think you're the kind of person whose eyes should be censored out of photos or because you like them "ironically." It works out perfectly, because both of those character descriptions make you the kind of person no human being would want to photograph anyway.
"I'm somehow more annoyed at myself than you are right now."
O'Brien's O'Buyin' Advice:
Want that phone to stop ringing? Purchase these glasses, wear them in public and prepare to have this summer all to yourself. Maybe use the alone time to write a novel or something?