Ever since I got a FitBit watch, I take more satisfaction out of walking longer distances and tapping on the wristband to steadily see my number of steps gradually increase. I was determined to make it to 10,000 steps today and had about 2,000 more steps till completion. To ensure I reached my goal, I got off one train stop before my usual stop so I was further away from home and would get more walking done. I rounded the corner to a park shortly after getting to 10,000 steps. There, I passed a woman wearing a black t-shirt with large bold white words printed on it: “That’s awesome.”
For a second, I almost thought it said, “I’m awesome”, which makes way more sense to me than the generic, “That’s awesome”, which left me wondering what was exactly so “awesome”. Another time, I saw a man wearing a shirt with the much-used slogan, “I ❤ New York.” But did he really love New York, or was it just some shirt he pulled on that morning out of convenience?
I personally would not have the guts to wear a shirt with a random slogan on it, either because I don’t agree with the slogan or I don’t want people looking at my bosom in an attempt to read what is on the front of my shirt. Not that I truly believe most people actually want to be creepy and stare at my boobs in public, but it’s awkward if it appears as such.
I once wore a shirt that had the words, “Say no to HIV” on the back. One of my cousins could not stop giggling over it when she saw it; in that “everything related to sex” is icky and embarrassing kind of way. I was a teenager myself at the time and after that, I never wore the shirt again. Prior to this incident, I didn’t even pay attention to what was written on the shirt and simply liked the style and fit of it on my body.
Similarly, I paid little mind to some word embellishments on a puffy red jacket I wore in the winter months during grade school. All I cared about was the jacket keeping me warm during my walks to and from school each day. A classmate saw that my jacket had sewn on decorations for the 69ers basketball team and remarked to me, “The 69ers suck.” Until he had said that, I hadn’t even known what the 69ers stood for.
Of the shirts I have, I am glad Victoria’s Secret pajama wear is for at home only. At least it is for me, anyway, as I’ve seen other women wear them as casual attire in public. One of their shirt slogans, “VS angel in training”, seem to lean towards giving confidence to the wearer but it doesn’t for me. Perhaps I am taking the slogans too literally but I sure don’t feel like a “sexy angel” (someone remind me again why women are angels? I don’t get it…) and I don’t understand the concept of “angel love” (another one of the VS shirt slogans). I wear their stuff more for comfort reasons rather than agreeing with what’s written on the shirts. The most I like is if the words are just a logo of the store name, such as “VS” for Victoria’s Secret or “Aero” for Aeropostale. I feel these are the most “safe” options for me as I am okay with people drawing whatever conclusions they want when they see the logos, whether I’m a fan of the store or I just like the style of the shirt.
Wearing a shirt with a catchy phrase also unsettles me as I don’t want to give the impression I am proclaiming loudly and proudly that I am a certain way when I am not. For example, a shirt with the word “Heartbreaker” printed across it. Lol no. You will never see me walking around with a shirt like that because I am not that confident in my own attractiveness. I doubt I would feel better wearing clothes with slogans I actually believe in. Half the time I forget the slogan is there at all and then I am surprised when people point it out. I wore a shirt with the phrase, “My dog owns my ❤” during a volunteer day cleaning out cat cages which another fellow volunteer cooed over because she found it to be cute. The awkward part was explaining I didn’t have a dog anymore since he was put to sleep.
What about you? What kind of clothing slogans do you wear or not wear?
Featured Image by Francesco Paggiaro.