Know the difference! A "Swag Patina" Investigation
I’m a huge proponent of wearing shit until it’s dead, and patina is my favorite excuse for doing so. I wore these jeans for 3 years everyday and a friend accidentally poured a whole bottle of mustard on my lap, so your mustard example hit me hard.
Said jeans, which were on display at Self Edge for the last few years: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/e304lnhtne7t4e4/AACB3VXrG7GnhUHS-KNZHdKEa?dl=0
"Dorked out toothpaste stains" had me laughing out loud. Loved this breakdown of all things stains!
This ain't a coffee spill... this a cappatina 💃
Is there any world where those yellow collar sweat stains say something cool about my life?
Damn so good…I’ve definitely found myself in a gluttonous fugue and had it screw up a shirt before
Wow this was such a fun one. Very down with S.L.O.B. : )
Love this, the semiotics of the stain. I'm a museum curator, and in working with historic objects we always try to retain as much physical evidence of the object's story, rather than vigorously cleaning and 'restoring' everything. Object (or jawn) as palimpsest.
Incidentally, if pasta sauce stains are cool, my two-year-old daughter is the swaggiest person on the planet.
another variable I’ve encountered:
technical vs natural fiber clothing.
technical clothing can be harder to rock in a timelessly swag way, but still can be good functional clothing to have. but damn they stain so easily. and it’s always the oiliest looking stains. and they IMHO do not look great; often the clothing piece was leaning on a clean aesthetic that is now tarnished.
natural fiber clothing, say some thicker knit wool or a cotton canvas has two things going for it. the chunkier texture makes the stain less noticeable. and even when you do notice it, it reads well as patina because the garment itself is more organic in form.
Damn, was hoping olive oil stains would be more positive
A good 1/3 of my wardrobe is adorned by scorch marks from campfires. I felt bad about it but now i'm into it!!!
Love that view on stains and totally embrace the S.L.O.B. Lifestyle!
Feel like this is heavily dependent on the overall swag level of the person in question though.
Similar to how being good looking makes mediocre fits look “good”.