Before I became interested in dressing and style, I avoided thinking about my body. At all costs. I didn’t look in the mirror if I didn’t have to, didn’t focus much energy or attention on how my outfits interacted with my figure, and did my utmost to think about anything besides my own physicality. Because of this choice, the information I was given about my body came almost exclusively from external sources. And none of it was good news: I was chubby, disproportionate, my breasts were too small and my hips were too big, my arms were flabby and so was my stomach. Virtually all of this information was comparative: I was flabby compared to Gwyneth Paltrow, my breasts were too small compared to Victoria’s Secret models … you know the drill. I studiously ignored my body, hoping its perceived inadequacies would diminish if I pretended I was a brain in a jar. And yet this comparative information still crept in and made me feel inadequate.
Originally posted 2013-09-16 06:02:50.
I was born in 1977, so I was a (mostly) cognizant being during the 80s. I wasn’t a terribly fashion-forward being since I was quite wee, but I saw the 80s clothing trends go by me and they soaked into my consciousness. Neon and leggings, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts and destroyed jeans, piled-on jewelry and cropped tops. These were the trends of my childhood, even if I didn’t wear them back then.
I wear them now. OK, I don’t wear neon much because it doesn’t work with my palette, but the rest? Oh yes. I adore 80s influences completely without irony. I’m also perfectly content to trot out my floral dresses and combat boots from the 90s, and still own much of what I wore in the 00s.
Originally posted 2011-10-10 06:30:11.
The following items have long been viewed as investment pieces: Handbags, winter coats, classic shoes. Why? Because those three items get more use, wear, and abuse than other items. Even a favorite pair of jeans is unlikely to be worn every single day for the duration of a winter, and no dress or sweater will ever be worn as hard as a pair of shoes. Bras are occasionally added to this short list by style experts who recognize the importance of a good foundation, but everything else is up for grabs. You can invest in whatever you’d like, of course, but if you’re seeking expert advice, it’s generally bags, coats, and shoes.
Originally posted 2012-03-19 06:24:31.