At the mall recently I
took note of a gaggle of Generation Y girls in the
food court. They were so in style. Low slung
Capris. Platform shoes. You know the look.
said to myself. Yeah, Barb, but that was a
few-plus years ago. Still, hip huggers are hip
huggers no matter what you call them and, young
ladies, in the future you are going to have to
look at snapshots of yourself wearing what you
wore and I predict you’re going to emit low moans
of regret. You may even tear up a few Kodak
memories and deprive future generations the
opportunity to laugh at your funny clothes.
Take it from me. You’re
going to be about 40 something and a big bulb is
going to light up over your head and you’re going
to have an epiphany. You’re going to say to
yourself: “I’m not going to buy anything trendy
any more. I prefer traditional.”
Welcome to my world.
This advice is not for
women only. Men, especially those of you over 40,
I say it’s time to lose the baggy pants and spiked
hair. At your age, preppy trumps gothic in every
Clothes, houses, boats --
I like traditional things. I look at pictures
after I went traditional and I’m okay today with
what I was wearing then. For me, old home styles
are right in step with the new times and
classically-contoured boats are things of beauty
and joys forever.
Vic, also, is a
traditionalist. If his deck shoes still have some
wear left, he’s wearing them. If we have to dress
up for some event, he will wear his uniform, still
in style after many years -- a navy blazer, button
down shirt, khakis. Sorry, no tie unless he’s
attending a wedding or a funeral.
Being in style is a big
thing for most of us but you can be trendy-stylish
or traditionally-stylish. In this day and age,
traditional stylishness is big. Take note of the
“retro” look, popular with everything from
toasters to T-birds. The experts say we find a
sense of security in tradition; tradition gives us
a sense of comfort and stability.
Traditional style also
gives us something else – savings. In fact, what
turned the traditional light bulb on for me was
the sudden realization that tradition costs a
whole lot less than trendy.
This is so true in our
world, the world of boats. Vic and I have been in
the yacht chartering business going on 20 years
now. We have had trendy boats and we have had
traditional boats. We’ve learned that we pay more
on the front end for traditional boats but they
cost us less over time because they last longer,
require fewer repairs, and hold their value.
Sturdy construction and
high-grade materials and accessories are the
hallmarks of traditional boat building, and this
is how it should be when your operating theater is
the brutal marine environment. Quality counts.
Quality engines, lights, gauges and every option
from anchors to Avon dinghies tend to last longer
and, better yet, they tend to work when you need
them most, like during an emergency.
Your bonus is style. On
the water and in the marina you’re still going to
be in style even when your boat, like its owners,
has put on some years.
Hot, new fashions might
work on the runways of Paris and the hallways of
every high school but they rarely stand the test
So, mall walkers and all,
slip on some topsiders and a blue blazer, say
cheese, and make those Kodak memories really last.