If you’ve been keeping up to date with modern slang, you might have heard of the term ‘drip’ being used quite a bit when it comes to the world of streetwear. Of course, having ‘drip’ is the goal for any modern streetwear donner, but what exactly falls under the category of ‘drip?’ and what exactly does that word even mean?
Streetwear certainly isn’t afraid to use plenty of slang words that don’t inherently make a lot of sense. ‘Fresh,’ ‘swag’ and plenty of other terms are dropped right left and centre, and much like fast fashion, linger for a moment but fade away to irrelevance in a relatively short period. But for now, ‘drip’ is here to stay, and we might as well get used to it.
The Urban Dictionary coins ‘drip’ to be an adjective to describe a person’s clothing. To perfectly identify what quantifies the use of this word certainly is a tough one, but it’s pretty easy to identify the look and aesthetic that fits the use of the phrase. More often than not, it involves the use of hype-fashion or fast-fashion brands together that fit into the latest trends.
This means keeping up with the ‘drip’ can be a bit difficult, especially given how fast trends change in the world of fast fashion. Not to mention how overpriced but volatile the value of owning ‘drip’ is since value can reduce significantly when it no longer is relevant in this segment of style and fashion.
Of course, that’s not mentioning how damaging fast fashion and these trends are to the environment. From production to waste in landfills, to the almost slavery-esque exploitation of cheap labour in developing nations which includes sometimes the use of child labour, there are a lot of secrets that Victoria wouldn’t want being revealed on the runway, and the same can be said about ‘drip.’
But there is a derivative of drip that we can all aspire to have, ‘sauce.’ This is what you would consider when ‘drip’ evolves. Much like a runny fluid thickens and becomes viscous. You might even say it’s about having outfits that are ‘saucy,’ packed with flavour. But no sauce is complete without the dish being served, meaning that to have ‘sauce,’ it’s not only the appearance but also the respect the wearer commands.
Perhaps you may be into owning a few pieces of ‘drip’ yourself. In that sense, you might benefit from aiming a little higher and looking to own works of ‘sauce,’ this includes looks and outfits that don’t go out of style after a few cycles of new collections or updated clothing. A great place to start would be to consider how to merge minimalist aesthetics with timeless pieces that can still work with streetwear. Such an investment would undoubtedly be more worthwhile and retain the value of your purchase.
Because as many have stated, ‘drip’ is temporary, but ‘sauce’ lasts forever.
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage