I’d like to share my thoughts with you all today regarding trends and what I’ve seen throughout my life both in and out of the gym.
I used to dress like everyone else when I first joined the gym as a teen. Everyone pretty much dressed the same but I never felt 100% comfortable in my own skin. As with a lot of things in life, I always knew that I wanted to truly be myself as somewhat of an Egyptian God or a smooth superhero. But being a young man and worried about being different or being laughed at, I held off on dressing how I truly wanted.
For those of you that don’t know, I’m from the West Indies and very rarely was I in full clothing growing up. The only time I wore a complete proper outfit was when I attended Sunnyside Private School in St. George, Grenada. After school, you would find me in short shorts and no shirt running up and down the hills with my best friend Dexter and my crazy cousin Stephan Charles. So coming from this free background it was hard to cover up in sweat pants and basketball shorts.
As I grew into a “real man,” I then stopped worrying about being laughed at or dressing the way society or gym society dictated and thus began the age of booty shorts and tight shirts. As expected, I was teased, laughed at and asked why I was dressing like that to which my response was “clearly, I don’t give a $*&# what you guys think or I wouldn’t be wearing this,” and most of the time that would shut the hecklers up. But I noticed soon after I gave up caring what others thought and being my own person that the same people that made fun of me for what I was wearing ironically began to dress just like me, to which I could only respond with a silent shake of my head. One of my long time friends Trevor Vickers was the only man that applauded me for wearing short shorts and after telling him why I changed and began wearing “my” clothes his response was: “Hey man, I totally agree. You’re not a basketball player so why the hell do we all have to wear basketball shorts?”
My advice is step out of your shell and be comfortable in your own skin and most of all : Start your own trends. If you have a similar story or some trends that you’ve started, please reach out to me because I’d love to hear from you and share your story.