I love learning. Specifically, I love learning more about the things I love. Something I’ve learned as the years go by is just how little I do know, which is actually a refreshing feeling in that I truly do learn something new every day, by choice or by chance. That said, I’ve learned a few things lately that I thought I’d share. I wrote awhile back on my self-consciousness about my big feet, and last week I learned something about them that wasn’t exactly encouraging news: they’ve gotten BIGGER. Well, at least according to Asics and the Texas Running Company (which has a fantastic, knowledgeable staff, by the way). Though this revelation made me a bit embarrassed, I have to say, my new running shoes and my gigantic feet have become fast friends.
This past Saturday I went to my first University of Texas football game, and it was definitely a cultural learning experience. It goes without saying that there are differences in the ways that the grand tradition of college football goes down in various parts of the country: some Texas traditions are refreshing, others are just… perplexing. First, I simply don’t understand Texas fans’ affinity for House of Pain and Walter Cronkite (go to a UT game and you’ll see what I mean). I also don’t get how a stadium that seats over 100,000 fans can be so quiet (again, go to a Texas game to experience this). Another difference I quickly noticed (and really like!) is how female Texas fans dress: the vast majority of ladies I saw chose to forgo the standard team t-shirt/jersey/jeans/baseball cap combo, opting for a more creative, dare I say classy take on team spirit. Many co-eds showed up to the game clad in dresses, bold accessories, and the ubiquitous pair of cowboy boots (you know I wore mine to the game). Well done, Texas gals!
Apparently I’m not the only one captivated by fashion in football (man, did I miss my calling!), as evidenced by this piece published the day after several college teams debuted new uniforms. When I wrote about ‘fashion academia‘ over two years ago, I didn’t realize what a ‘thing’ it would become. I’m in the process of reading Elizabeth Cline’s new book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, which details the true cost of the high volume/low price fashion retail behemoth and its impact on fashion design, the disappearance of high-quality garments, and the environmental ramifications of mass clothing production. Coming up on October 22nd is a free lecture open to the public on the UT campus by a fashion archivist, part of the University of Texas 2012 History & Fashion Archives Week. Academics and fashion? Sign me up!
There’s just never a dull moment in Austin, and I’m constantly learning more about my new city and the fabulous things it has to offer, like where the best breakfast tacos are and who has the best happy hour margaritas (I kid… sort of). Never stop learning, folks.