Wow, it’s good to see you. It’s been a while. It’s Tuesday, and I need some inspiration. Let’s get to it: three things that are bringing some life to my fashion world.
1. Buttoning my top shirt button.
I feel like somewhere along the line, someone tried to convince us that looking “feminine” or “pretty” is synonymous with v-necks down to our navels–as if to say we have to show off our bodies to be beautiful. Now I’m not one to walk around with a tape measure telling people that their skirts are too short, but this concept of wearing next to nothing to be “beautiful” troubles me. Which is why I couldn’t be more excited to see some women challenging the status quo and buttoning that top button. In a world that tells us to flaunt our bodies, the buttoned-up look is unexpected, edgy, and yep, I’m going to say it–straight-up classy.
My favorite recent example of this look is Lady Gaga at the 2013 YouTube awards. I love the checked, buttoned-up shirt with the big hat and the big hair.
In my own wardrobe, my favorite shirt to button allll the way up is my camo jacket. It takes the military trend just one step further.
2. An enormous purse.
Earlier this year, I was blogging about how much I love clutches, so I guess maybe we’re left to conclude that I just love purses in general. When Nasty Gal recently did a one-day sale on some of their handbags, I copped one of the biggest ones of the bunch: the Hot to Handle Bag. I can fit anything in this purse–it’s magical. Faux-fur scarf, book, a small dog, you name it, it could fit in this purse. It can be styled to look uber professional or laid-back casual. When you’re short of cash, you gotta love those versatile wardrobe pieces.
3. Reminders that at the end of the day, it’s just another pair of shoes.
Fashion, like most beautiful things, has its dangers. I’m grateful for the occasional reminder that fashion will disappoint and destroy if we make it the ultimate goal.
That was a role it was never meant to fill.