Having lived in China for quite a while, I’ve seen a lot of unusual things. In fact, many Chinese and foreigners get so used to weird occurrences and weird fashion that people just generally ignore it.
On my Instagram page, I try to provide cultural context for why things in China happen the way they do, by explaining some of the history, the culture or the language, and how these things influence behaviors or even fashion.
The page is not all about fashion though. It’s anything that you can ask the question of ‘Why?’ or ‘How did that happen?’ to, with the general classic answer being ‘No why’ #nowhy (Chinese response) OR ‘because of China’ #becausechina (foreigner in China response).
The general explanation for some of the fashion choices below is that:
- Any English = educated, different and fashionable. (it could possibly be a famous brand, but if no one’s English is that great… then just by having it… no matter what it is, it’s already good)
- Anything ‘profound’ is considered good. If you as an observer don’t find it profound…that’s your fault. The wearer is making a statement, and that’s what’s important.
- The wearer doesn’t have to understand, because others most likely don’t understand…so who cares. Even vulgar, rude statements can be worn by kids… because no one knows any different.
- If the actual piece of clothing is functional and comfortable, who cares what’s written on it.
- A haircut should set you apart from everyone else. Many people have very similar or standardized hairstyles (Chinese people are aware of that too) If a haircut creates conversation then that’s awesome.
Here are a few examples…quite a few of them, actually.
More info: Instagram
#1 Pink Freud
#2 I Would Definitely Wear This
#3 Follow Dreams
#4 Masturbate your way to success!
#6 I Just Don’t
#7 I’m Batman
#8 Think Less
#10 Bear Attack And She Survived, Good For Her
#11 Got Life Figured Out
#12 A Bit Of Nationalism Coming Out There…
#13 If You Think
#14 Leave Me Alone
#15 China Fashion
#16 Make A Woman
#17 Hipster Triangle
#18 Shark Soup
#20 How Old Are You? And Just How Drunk Are You?
#21 Beep, Beep!
#22 A Bit Morbid, But I Wonder If I Can Get It In Yellow… Would It Be Less So?
#23 Sexy Style
#24 Need To Stop Feeding The Cat Vegetarian Food
#25 I Do Feel Happy Now
#26 I’m Not Leaving This Blanket
#27 Feline Good
#28 I Needed That Today
#29 The Pig
#31 Hand Wash
#32 Am I French Yet
#33 You Learn Something Every Day
#34 No Carrots
#35 Let’s Not All Live Like This
#36 That’s… Taking Things To Extreme