Posts Tagged: clothes

On clothes, class, anxiety, and the many lies of minimalism

As someone who knows absolutely nothing about fashion and can't spend more than 30 seconds thinking about "an outfit" before expiring, I still found this Sarah Nicole Prickett-moderated roundtable at Adult to be a good, long read. They discuss minimalism for the rich ("sparse luxe = Minimal, while sparse cheap = Plain. Minimalism as it’s commonly known can only exist in airtight upper-class vacuum") and minimalism for the not-rich (normcore, a concept full of holes, still ultimately reaching for a "blank check, white cube, vague, reflective, 'valueless' ideology… Any meaning. No stakes") and tackiness: 

Tacky is the most disgusting word in the style vocabulary. It’s fascinating and [...]


Get This Look: The Sunday Comics

1. Garfield

This lasagna-loving arbiter of sloth, was created by cartoonist Jim Davis in the late 1970s after his previous comic about a bunch of insects was deemed to be “unrelatable.” The personality of Garfield himself was based on Davis’s grandfather, a man he described as “large and cantankerous.” His stance on Mondays remains unconfirmed.

When I was a kid, I owned both a Garfield t-shirt and hat. There’s a photo of me reading a Garfield comic while wearing both articles of clothing. I regret nothing. Garfield continues to run in the funnies today, with some changes to its original stories. A character named Lyman, for example, is the [...]


Friday Bargain Bin: The B Stands For…

Heart It Initial Necklace, $9.99 (was $16) Bertha, Dorcas, Hester, Kitty, Mildred, Nancy, and Rhoda: you're in luck. The rest of you? Better luck next sale. 


Get This Look: Meteorological Events

1. The Sundog

What’s that, you say? Three suns dancing ominously in the sky? Could it be a mystical portent bespeaking the end of days? Could it be the lingering effects of the peyote you stole from your cousin Doug? Could it be … a sundog? It’s probably a sundog, or, a mock sun. They earn their name for sitting on either side of the real sun, and also for having tails, which seems a little offensive to asocial dogs, or to those born sans waggers. Meaning that what looks to the naked eye to be evidence of an impending apocalypse is in fact just the result of the sun’s rays passing [...]


An Open Letter to Summer Fashion Trends

Every year fashion magazines come out with lists of the newest “hot summer trends.” This year (as usual) I’m disappointed. Summer trends, you can do better. Here are a few open letters to the top offenders.

Dear Crop Tops,

You might remember me from the scathing note I sent to your sister, the shrug sweater, in 1997. To recap, it said something like: “Why do you parade around like you are a real sweater when you are so obviously just a PART of a sweater?” This was a dark time for teen girls in general: we had to wear unflattering turtlenecks and light-denim jeans and anything else the sadistic [...]


Pretty Clothes

Last night's Met Ball 2013 red carpet: Vogue has a slideshow. The Cut, too. A breakfast of dresses.


Friday Bargain Bin: Winter Is Here

Luxe Faux Fur Wine Bag, $4.95 (was $12) If you think YOU'RE cold in this weather, imagine how your wine feels. 


Get This Look: Citrus Fruits

1. Lemons

Despite their varied uses and singularly acidic flavor, lemons weren’t widely enjoyed as a fruit for well into their storied past. One of its first recorded uses was as a pelting agent, hurled at a wayward high priest during a festival in the 90s BC. If no high priest was available, anyone who had crossed you would also suffice. When not being used as a weapon, these tough suckers were employed to cure scurvy-riddled sailors with vitamin C. Drink up that sour juice, y’all; rub it all up in your wounds while screaming in a vain attempt to prove yourself a titan. Lemons ain’t got time for [...]


First They Came for the Baggy Pants

…and the WASPs said nothing. Then, they came for the seersucker:

The main purpose of Senate Bill 437 may be to provide structure to "the way the state funds public institutions of higher education," but McKenna saw it as an opportunity to make his personal sartorial predilections known. "Any person living in this state aged eight and under may wear seersucker suits at their leisure. Any person over the age of eight living in this state may not wear seersucker suits because adults look ridiculous in seersucker suits," the politician expounded in his handwritten proposal to alter the bill.

I knew a young man in college who was the [...]


Friday Bargain Bin: The Leftovers

Illustrated Stateside Tote, $3.50 (was $5) Not EVERY amazing thing flew off the shelves last weekend. If your Secret Santa is from Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, Minnesota, Ohio, California or New York, you're in luck.