I’m in a spew-whatever-randomness-that-happens-to-come-out-of-my-mouth kind of mood, so hang on…
Actually I’m writing this yesterday (Monday) after also writing a very stream-of-consciousness post on wearing my Lauren Manoogian skirt to Target & Whole Foods, so it could just be I’m in a “mood,” i.e. hormonal.
Because I felt sort of bad about writing that post. Like it’s enough already, no? Do I need to write again (remember harem pants at Costco?) about my struggle to wear what I want while also sort of wanting to fit in? And then I admitted that I can be sort of judgy sometimes, which is very out of fashion, as it were. Just like we’re not supposed to admit that sometimes we’re hard on ourselves anymore. It used to be that we were expected to be self-deprecating, and hard on ourselves to avoid seeming arrogant or bitchy (not that that’s right either). Now, we’re supposed to feel empowered and beautiful all the time. Well, I’m not perfect, are you?
More than anything I am a growing, evolving human being, with tons of faults. I am critical by nature, mostly of myself, but also of others. Like, seriously why do we need french pedicures? and bejeweled ANYTHING? I used to read Go Fug Yourself religiously and got sucked down the rabbit hole of Get Off My Internets years ago. Until I showed up in more than one discussion there, and realized I was reading it to feel better about myself because they were tearing down OTHER bloggers, not me. BURN. Yeah, I’m really ashamed of that, but I did it. I don’t anymore.
I just write what I’m thinking, and some days I think about what I’m wearing more than others. Today I’m not really thinking about my outfit. If I was, I probably wouldn’t wear it, because it’s very bright. Talk about standing out. But I put everything on and didn’t think about it again. I stayed home all day anyway, working on photographing new arrivals for slowre (hence the camera), until I burned my hand and had to go to walgreens to get more band-aids.
Anyway, a couple more random thoughts:
I didn’t order any underwear from Everlane, but of course they’re already getting glowing reviews *shrugs*. I was most interested in the body suit, because I think I’d wear one with jeans, or my florence pants, or even these pants, as a simple, stay-put layer. BUT, Everlane’s body suits don’t have snaps or a closure at the crotch. Excuse me? How are you supposed to use the bathroom? You would literally have to get undressed or pull it to the side, which yes, I have done in a bathing suit in an emergency, but no, I would not do that now. Ew. Also, it seems like everything is backordered and I don’t care enough to wait. Did anyone else order anything?
And it looks like Liz from Elizabeth Suzann is participating in the 10×10 this go-round. meh. I don’t like the 10×10 or capsule wardrobes anyway, and this one feels way too overdone (like how many times do you need to do a 10×10 challenge? Aren’t you supposed to learn something from your 10 items and use that to create an actual smaller wardrobe? I don’t understand…) and honestly no more than a lot of fangirling on the founders. So I was kind of disappointed that Liz would jump on the bandwagon and give it even more credence. And the gift card giveaway (Liz is giving away 10 $100 GC to one person each day) takes it to a whole other level; people will be “competing” to create the best outfits or whatever, just to get noticed and win a GC.
Yeah, also I may just be an old curmudgeon, but blogging, instagram, and challenges like this all feel SO contrived and over the top lately and not much more than a way to get noticed. I’m over it and will be taking a break from instagram during the 10×10 probably. I am happy with the people I follow, generally, and love to see what they post normally, but many participate in the 10×10 and I’m just not even interested…
Speaking of ES, the lead time on garments has gone up again, and Liz has been quite open on Instagram about facing new challenges with so many orders coming in. No word on what, if anything, is going to change…
Finally, so weird I clicked through Accidental Icon to this article yesterday after posting the questions I ask when getting dressed. From Lessons on the philosophy of Fashion from Roland Barths:
“In short, the woman who wears fashion finds herself asked four questions: Who? What? When? Where? Her utopian garment always answers at least one of these questions.”