The Importance of Being Earnest

Irony and cynicism is presently fashionable, and liking something in earnest, with sincerity, seems to be less than unfashionable but undesirable. I think irony is wonderful, at times, but I find that I am tired of the endless scope for “irony.” I’m specifically thinking of LL Bean boat & totes. These are mentioned frequently on the blog and I’ve used them my entire life in every aspect–for school bags, for luggage, beach bags, diaper bags, laundry hampers, for moving… the list goes on.

But this isn’t about boat & totes (two articles about them just happened to coincide with my thinking about this post.) I’m old-fashioned in my tastes and when I like something I genuinely like it. I talk a lot about it. If it’s a piece of clothing, I wear it a lot–which is why you see me wearing the same things again and again and again. I share how I feel about things without trying to downplay them. I just… like things.

I have a lot more that I want to write on this topic–I have another post I’m writing about cynicism specifically related to New York–but I’m making a commitment to continue liking things unironically. So–what do you like unironically?

4 thoughts on “The Importance of Being Earnest

  1. I so agree! I’ve never really understood the ‘liking X ironically’ trend, and I too just like things because I genuinely enjoy them. For the past few months, I’ve been seeing those articles ‘Preppy is back! But with an ironic twist’ and have deleted a lot of draft blog posts with my feelings about that. So, I unironically like classic fashion and interiors. I’m curious to see your forthcoming posts about this topic!

    1. Yes, I just want to like things unironically and enjoy them 🙂 I’d be curious to read your eventual posts on the topic! It’s hard to strike the note between sharing what I genuinely think about the topic without insulting people, which I don’t want to do. I think everyone’s entitled to their thoughts, and if people want to like things ironically, more power to them! But it feels much more refreshing to just… like what you like!

      1. Yes, striking the right tone is my big challenge with addressing this topic, too. Maybe I’ll try again with a post soon. It really does feel refreshing to simply enjoy things. Also, the title of your post is so perfect!

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