Friday, September 29, 2006

Non Fashion Statement

I'm not a fashionista. Never been mistaken for one, never posed as one. For me, dressing well is concerted effort. When I grew up, I had my sister say, "You're wearing that?". Now, as an adult, my husband will look at me and say, "You're wearing that?". I don't intuitively know what's going to look good off the hanger.

At work, I go for the classics - black pants, button down shirts, sweater sets (not "matchy-matchy" though). On weekends, it's jeans, t-shirts, kurta tops or some kind of different shirt. I get compliments from people for being 'put together' and I embrace those compliments because I have to think about clothes. When it comes to accessories, I rock! I love earrings, necklaces, bracelets. I buy off-the-rack jewelry and then deconstruct it by taking off extra baubles. Then, it becomes more me.

Anyway, I try to find things that suit myself and my personality, rather than trends.

So, last night I caught the new GAP ad with Audrey Hepburn dancing. Wow, what an awesome ad! Really well-edited, music is fantastic and it's flawless. How else can you get Audrey Hepburn to advertise for you. So the news is skinny pants are back.

Why, oh why? I ask.

Over the last 10 years, we've been brainwashed and instructed to stay away from tapered legs and go for the boot-cut, wide legs. This creates a more balanced silhouette, per our friend Stacy and Clint (TLC's What Not to Wear). We look longer and not like a lollipop on a stick.

Oprah's magazine this month has some new skinny-pant looks, so even they are trying to sell this concept to American women. They're showing styles suitable for non-Audrey Hepburn body types.

I'm not buying it though. I think you have to dress for yourself and your own body and not follow trends blindly. Just because GAP is running out of ideas and has to go back fifty-years for a look, we have to rush out ourselves?

I want to stop seeing chubby teenaged girls with "muffin tops" coming out of their low-rise jeans. American children and teens are facing obesity and the fashion is to go tighter and lower? Teenaged girls are the most insecure about their bodies, have surging hormones storing fat in the wrong places, and they're wearing tighter clothes that accentuate their "womanly blossoms." Unfortunately, with teenagers, they will want to wear what everyone else is wearing. Again, I don't get it.

I see my daughter has a fantastic sense of style (not inherited from me obviously!). She can put things together really well, and I only interfere when she wants lime green top with magenta skirt or the orange top with the purple skirt. The tops and skirts actually look really good together in terms of style, and would look great were it not for the colors!

By the way, there's one person at work who I know who will be happy about the skinny pants. She has been wearing leggings with big shirts since the 80's. So, I guess if you're consistent and don't care to slightly update yourself, trends do come around again!

Oh, speaking of leggings. I'm shocked, shocked, shocked to see leggings under the skirts! I wore these back in college! It was my "look" back then - lots of layered clothes. Now young girls at the mall are wearing the same thing. Crazy.

What's next -- denim jean shorts with black tights?
(Raise your hand if you wore these to parties in the late 80's/90's and thought you were so cool!)


Tracker said...
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Tracker said...

"womanly blossoms"

---> you - writer types!!

What's with the black and white fest all over the place? What's next? The Scarlet Pimpernel?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I've really got my head in other eras this weekend. I'm watching 1958 'Gigi' (Leslie Caron) on Turner Classic movies. I saw this a dozen times when I was younger - more of the brainwashing of Parisian romance.

But, just so you know, it's in color!!

Tracker said...

You know, most of the romantics are fixated on the parisian theme. Actually, the people in Paris don't really give a damn. It is as if the world needed an epicenter for all melodrama and it found it amongst the intelligentsia who more or less were centered in Europe during the early part of the last century.

I think you should watch the movie Irreversible to shake off that parisian inertia. It is a bizarre movie so don't blame me.

Either way, how do you explain the contrast between writers such as yourself and the likes of Leah "bohemian" Lakshmi?

Do writers turn themselves into something they probably aren't to draw their creative energy? Secondly, is crass the new cool in writing?

Tracker said...

Fixed the Jon Stewart link.

Anonymous said...

Yeah the Paris obsession among Americans is well known. Listened to This American Life on NPR recently and they concurred. In the intro to Act 3, Ira Glass talks about that -- maybe it's the childhood influence of French classes, Madeline books, "the red balloon" and everything Gaul. BTW, I only know of Asterisk because I have 3 copies of it in French since I was 12. I was so happy to find English versions of Asterisk and Cleopatra because there were a few jokes in French that went over my head. (I know most desis live, breathe and cry over memories of Asterisk and TinTin)

BTW, I don't know who Leah Lakshmi is, but I searched and found a Wiki entry for her :-)) And, I found her poem (wow!) - noise

Anyway, I don't think writers turn themselves into something they aren't. You have to have a bit of yourself in your work (even James Frey would have to admit that!!)

Tracker said...

You don't know who Leah "bohemian" Lakhsmi is? This is a sister from your desilit circle. There is nothing like a desi sister scorned.

Tch...tch you are falling behind.

either way,