When I first saw this photo of the boys from '5 Seconds of Summer' holding their ARIA Awards,
I thought to myself that it would make good business sense for them to dress with a bit more sophistication. It would not only broaden their demographic (beyond teens and tweens), but it would also prompt greater respect from the executives in the Music Industry.
But no... it’s natural for teenagers to rebel... it’s part of establishing their own identity. And because of that, their revolt against the status quo invariably involves silly hair styles and strange fashion trends.
In the 1970’s I was wearing high platform shoes, and had a haircut that my father thought was a bit ‘girlie.’ But as far as I was concerned, he just didn’t understand!
Because my parents were ‘rock-n-rollers’ in their teens, they were fairly tolerant of what I wore back then. However my father would sometimes remark “You’ll never get a girl dressed like that son.”
I thought that was strange, because I knew lots of girls. But what I didn't understand was that the way I dressed wasn't maximising my natural masculinity... my primal attraction-factor.
It wasn’t until my late teens that I realised I needed to dress differently (more grown-up) if I wanted be attractive to the young women I worked with and socialised with.
So, like the rest of my generation, I gradually changed to a way of dress that was both attractive to women, and respected by men.
Moral of the story : First we revolt against the status quo... and we proudly wear the uniform of the revolution. But then we learn to play a more tactical game... to increase our chances of survival.
It’s a Primal Thing.