Wednesday, February 22, 2012
My Problem with Prep
left a comment on 2/16/2012 at 7:05 PM:
@Joey Dee—Unabashedly Prep was never designed nor conceptualized to serve as a forum for critiquing individuals’ personal style. This isn’t “Hot or Not” or better yet “Prep or Not.” That’s not what this is.
What Unabashedly Prep is, and has always been, is a platform to share my stylistic point of view, display my professional work (a reflection of my stylistic point of view), and display an appreciation for other’s style I’m drawn to.
Unabashedly Prep’s success or failure does not hinge on a thriving commentary in the comments section. Its success or failure hinges on the relevance and quality of the content.
@AEV—You want me to create a full week’s worth of me dressing in a truly trad/preppy manner? Firstly, there are several blogs in my links section that do just that (A Daily Prep, An Affordable Wardrobe, The Trad). Secondly, why do you want me to create an entire week of me dressing in a truly trad/preppy manner when you claim to know it all? Are you hoping to learn something? Hoping to be inspired? I think you are afraid I’m giving this “prep” you know and love a bad name. All I can give you is what I appreciate about the “prep” I know and love.
I realize Unabashedly Prep has a massive readership, but that readership's continued interest and input are what have given the blog its commercial success. Without a thriving commentary, readers wouldn't keep flocking to the site and the sponsors wouldn't be there. The most unnerving thing about this is the censorship of comments. Several times I have left constructive criticism of Castleberry's outfits, only to find certain words or entire sentenced edited out. If this guy hopes to give us what he appreciates about the prep he knows and loves by protecting his sponsors, he's not displaying the unconventional originality and freedom that prep embodies.