Fringe Frustration

Every season there is a trend that I am initially so confused by that I think, “I'm inching closer and closer to style irrelevancy and can no longer appreciate fashion forwardness”. This season, the latest fad that has me questioning my sartorial sensibilities is cropped, fringe jeans. I already have a fairly complex relationship with pants, and I feel like once I have found something that works for me, I just sort of burrow into comfort with it like some dwarf mongoose shacking up in a hole with their termite food source (please forgive my National Geographic-inspired metaphors). Anyhows, with that being said, there has been a strong campaign underway the past few years, a revolution if you will, to overthrow skinnies on no greater premise than the fact that it has enjoyed a longer-than-usual tenure as “denim of choice”. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to join the coup or if I will remain part of the silent majority that still thinks we can do some honest-to-goodness bipartisan work here and figure out how to maintain our personal jean-ius preferences while allowing those with opposing views to, well, wear whatever the hell their natty hearts desire  (we are in an election year after all, it’s time to talk about compromise and working together).

So, let me just make my case on why I can’t decide which side of party lines I fall when it comes to this new, stringier variety of jean. For one, it immediately calls to mind some less-than-fashionable visuals. Ok, so are we all TRYING to look like we Hulked-out and busted straight through the seams of our pants with a rapid increase in the size of our calves and then subsequently shrunk back down pre-Hulk size? Or is it that Zombie-chic (a la Walking Dead) is gaining momentum with the trendy set? Did someone in fashion authority declare that our ankles would benefit with lamp-shade-inspired adornment? Furthermore, shoes to pair with the new hot pants? Just…like…how?

Listen, I’m no square (unless the fact that I’m using the term square inherently makes me a square). But, I just can’t say that this is resonating with me. Maybe not this season. Maybe in a few seasons once I see how someone like myself, who believes I have legs that are proportionally akin to hobbits, can possibly make this look attractive (I also could have been the 5th Beatle or invented slap bracelets, stranger things HAVE happened). Another option is that I could look into using my timeshare that I purchased for the Hot Tub time machine and transport myself back to a younger, more adventurous version of myself that didn’t have as many reservations in spending my hard-earned dollars on blindly following styles. To think I wasted my youth on gaucho pants from Mystique Boutique on Broadway in Soho. Oh, wait…those are back in style, too. I give up, I’m going to go back to my grown person existence and leave trends to the cool kids.

Lady Links-a-Lot

The work week is a dragon that must be slayed, and you are no doubt fighting with honor on this fine Monday. In case you need to take a breather, I'm here to offer my assistance. I have hunted the far reaches of the internet kingdom to bring you some links worthy of your attention. Enjoy!

  1. 100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds: You may think the name says it all…but then they started to dance.
  2. Asians Swap Clothes With Elders: Trying to figure out why I wasn’t asked to participate in this project. My Lola and I would have KILLED this.
  3. Drunk J. Crew: Shots, shots, shots shots! I just hope that all of these models have a Designated Driver. 
  4. Teens React to 1980s Fashion: These kids are our future, please watch as they wax poetic on the clothes of my childhood. 

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The introduction to this post is best summarized by the classic movie The Princess Bride. “Mahwage. Mahwage is what bwings us togevah today.” More specifically I’m referring to the 1st year of wedded amazingness to the love of my life, which we celebrated this past weekend. We had a glorious time recalling all of the joy we experienced on our Big Day. The ceremony, the reception, and the after party far exceeded any expectations we may have had.

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Around the time I was 5 years old, I told my mom that I wanted to wear a slip, meant to be layered under my church attire, as a dress by itself. I couldn’t articulate it at the time, but I remember liking the shape of the slip better my voluminous, frilly Sunday best. This was obviously and completely inappropriate, and my mother shut that nonsense down immediately. (To be fair, I was clearly onto something…even if it was a decade too early both for my age and as a trend. Remember all of those slip dresses in the 90s?). 

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When I was younger, I combined my overactive imagination with a tendency to scare the bejesus out of myself watching classic scary movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. If I was home alone and heard a door creak, I envisioned myself as Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis narrowly escaping certain death by mental patient Michael Myers. Not to brag or anything…but I’m pretty resourceful and figured out a way to keep myself safe from all real and imagined dangers. 

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Building Block

A couple of months ago, the lovely ladies over at Pas De Deux put the emerging brand Building Block on my radar. At the time, I didn’t have an immediate use for a new bag, but I made a mental note to revisit their wares when the time was right. As you can probably guess, a need arose as I have recently made a resolution to streamline my day-to-day work bag and to be more selective in packing up the essentials. What was the impetus for this efficiency makeover? I’m glad you asked!

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I don’t know if it’s because I’m indecisive or noncommittal or what, but I tend to have trouble declaring favorites. Best-loved book? That’s crazy, I can’t just name one. I could possibly narrow it down to the Top 10. Most-liked movie? Obviously this depends on what genre we’re talking about. Outstanding outfit? Nope, sorry. I’d have to do this by groups, followed by specific categories under those groups, which would then be divided into subsections of those categories. And this would likely change depending on my mood.

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