>> A familiar conversation crops up whenever I’m shopping with Phil Oh from Street Peeper, aka my male counterpart, who shares my love of pastel cuteness, cartoonish prints and kawaii themes in our clothes. With advancement into his thirties and a desire to be taken seriously by society on his mind, he’ll cautiously ask me, “Is this too much?” I have no idea why he seeks such counsel because he already knows what the answer will be. I make this face…
… and then I promptly exclaim, “Nooo of course not! It’s so cuuuuuuuuute! Get it.get it.get it!”
I am the kawaii-facilitator. Or with alliteration, a cutie conduit. And I don’t quite know when I’ll stop being forever attracted to clothes that look like could be sized down for babies and toddlers and trying to infect everyone around me to feel the same. Judging by my squeals when a pair of Minna Parka leopard print trainers with bunny ear tongues and pink pom poms arrived, it’s not likely to be anytime soon. A year notched into my thirties and I’m still perpetually wondering when an iota of doubt will creep in as it has done for Phil. I envisioned a post thirty year-old me where I’d gradually begin to waft around in well-judged pieces of Comme des Garçons en noir, the sensible pieces from Prada and the occasional bit of Céline, tempered with a lot of COS. That chic utopia or chictopia if you will has never manifested.
Going back to Phil’s original question I’m scratching my head trying to remember when it was ever too much. It comes down to shopping habits which haven’t changed much since my teens. I normally shop alone and if I am with somebody, I rarely ask for their opinion. I zoom into rails. I don’t venture into changing rooms. Five minutes later When Steve shoots me a bemused smile at my latest cute-overload purchase, I give a sheepish shrug. As if to say, “It is forever ingrained into me that I WILL categorically and compulsively buy things themed around cats/bunnies/pineapples.”
By the by, I’m typing all of this whilst staring down on a keyboard adorned with stickers of cats thanks to Supersweet x Moumi’s kitty catty sticker sets.
The deeper question to Phil’s pondering though is – do cats and cartoon-themed clothes hamper people’s ability to take you seriously? That’s a question that I’m choosing to flout for now. At least until the next arbitrary age milestone.