Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fashion shouldn't be a stressful form of art

When I first got into fashion, I pursued beautiful gowns, dresses that draped over the frame nicely, on models with nice makeup. As the years pass I’ve started to shun all those dresses that I once thought were beautiful, condemning them as “generic” and boring.

All my classmates that love fashion love Marc Jacobs, and yet when my sister made the comment, “Marc Jacobs is overrated,” they told her she didn’t know style. Why has fashion become such a field for judgement?

Ever since being introduced to the haute-art part of fashion, we’ve stopped admiring the simplicity of normal clothes, only liking something if it’s “fucking, out of the blue, genius awesome.”

We’ve placed ourselves on a higher order, believing that our taste was far superior to that of the generic Ugg wearing Hollister donning typical teenagers. We knew the true meaning of style and art, we understood fashion in all its complexity, and we were the only ones who knew how to use the adjective “amazing.”

This is more amazing than Uggs... I think so

Sort of like that

We also placed ourselves above those who only dressed in name brand high quality pieces, shunning them to be elitist and narrow minded, unable to accept the magic of non identity and uniqueness. As then ranted on about their high waisted skirt and their own sense of non-genericness, we laughed. Seriously, high waisted skirt? Does that really make you feel that good?

This makes me feel good.

But really, what is fashion? Why is it that between the beautiful gowns and avante garde sculptures there is such a deep obstacle? When you wear a jacket, are you showing off your face or the jacket? Do you want yourself to look good or do you want the jacket to look good? Is looking unique more important than looking good?

People should be able to choose for themselves what they want to wear. There shouldn’t be magazines that say for this spring, you should get floral skirts and ruffly dresses. Designers should not name their collections by season, but by a name that fits the theme of it the best. The words trendy and in style should simply be omitted.

In this way we can fully embrace our true tastes, and only in this way can we stand out individually, in a crowd. After all, your physical appearance is the first thing that someone notices.

I usually check out celebrity getups on OMG Yahoo because they have full collections of each night, whereas has a short article and basically one picture. It continues to infuriate me when I read lines like “and her dress was horrific” or “those shoes don’t match.” The separate their pictures into 2 hot 2 handle, and fashion faux pas. Most of the 2 hot 2 handle pictures constitute of a prettily made up lady in a satin tone frock or satin tone gown, and plain Louboutin style pumps. Sometimes they decide Reese Witherspoon in a Rodarte mini looks good, and other times they decide that Ciara in a Givenchy textured piece is out of the question horrific.

OMG Yahoo shuns individuality, and wants people to look hot. Hot meaning boring and characterless. Hot means green dress must go with green pumps. YUCKEWGROSSWTFNOOO. Fashion just shouldn’t have rules.

Yes, Lady Gaga is a bad girl, a stripper, a girl who went to school then dabbled in drugs. But she has pursued her talent, met a bit of luck, and most importantly, shows her own unique style through fashion. Though we do sometimes wonder how she can maneuver in the cold wearing only skimpy butt coverage, we talk, write, and listen to her because she’s her.

I mean, talk about amazing? THE MOON+GAGA+ARMANI"S BRAIN

Those who have a burning passion for Marc Jacobs, who they describe as “down to earth” and simple, simply have a more muted taste. They aren’t dramatic and don’t create scenes, and that’s not something to shun. Being quiet in self expression is no different from being shy in person. It is not lack of understanding, but a muted taste that allows people to have those tastes.

So I’m going to keep liking things that are “fucking awesome” and not be judgemental about people who rant about high waisted skirts.


  1. I love those brogues, and yes indeed- they are a whole lot better that Uggs. haha

  2. I always thought that fashion, i.e clothes was a way to express yourself, so to me: freedom reigns! (and looking down on others is mostly a sign of insecurity anyway, isn't it?)

  3. wow this was so insightful! i completely agree. i think that sometimes people (even creative fashion bloggers) get caught up in trying not to be steryotyped when really, we should just be ourselves and wear what we love and what make us unique.

  4. I loved this! I agree, fashion should be about you, the individual and having a bit of fun!

  5. yeah. youre so true!

    uggs are only for inside your confined apartments

  6. loving the oxfords
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  7. The second photo is so inspiring to me.

  8. yes yes yes. nice tackle of a tough topic. i think sometimes people forget the roots of what is now known as "fashion". for most, fashion = clothing, but clothing is for covering bodies for the sake of warmth and/or decency. and simple, classic cuts or wacky, 'modern' ones aside, nobody looks good without feeling good, and feeling good comes from wearing something you really like.
    a smile is still the most endlessly classic way of bringing any look into the new season, not to sound like a cliched fashion mag.