One of the things I was thinking about yesterday was the conflation of fashion and frivolity. Newsflash: as a whole, people don’t take fashion seriously. They call it being materialistic, or they say you could spend your time worrying about something more worthwhile. In some ways, they certainly have a point: there are events and issues happening right now that really do deserve attention and solutions. The thing is, why single out fashion? What is it about clothing that gives it such a bad rap?
Fashion can go wrong in some ways, like any art, and I can’t deny that there are issues unique to it, like the potential for obsession with appearance. However, having an interest in clothing is no less worthy than anything else.
In starting a style blog, I have seen how much work it takes, and in so many areas. In order to cultivate it, you first have to have good taste–unique taste. If you’re someone like me who doesn’t have a hot photographer boyfriend, you also have to learn to take your own pictures. You have to write about what you wear and why and where you wore it. You have to make yourself present on social media.
There is nothing frivolous about that. It takes creativity, talent, and plenty of effort, and I hate the popular notion of the importance of style and of the people who care about it.
That being said, this is what I’ve had on my person the last few days:
Even if I’ve said it already, let me reiterate: I love stripes. Did you know that horizontal stripes make you look thinner, not vertical ones? Not that it’s important, but I find it interesting. I learned it from a show called QI, which features the jolly wonderful Stephen Fry as a quizmaster for all kinds of bizarre and unusual facts.
Another thing I learned (not from QI, as it happens) is that stripes and florals are a lovely pair. I got those happy oxfords from Forever 21 quite some time ago for just a few bucks, and it was a stellar investment. You might not think patterned oxfords are a closet staple, but in my case, they go with so much stuff. Maybe it’s all the stripes I wear.
This is an outfit that emphasizes my legs, which I’ve doing a lot recently, but not intentionally. The skirt is nicely round, and I cinched it with a thick black patent belt. I don’t have much of a waist, so any help I can give myself is greatly appreciated.
There’s a new quilt on my bed, that cute thing with the birdcages on it. I’ve never had a quilt before and didn’t realize how thin they are, so I’ve been snuggling up very warm these past few weeks as the weather takes a turn for the cooler.
Also, that book I’m reading? It’s for an online class I’m taking through Yale. Nothing fancy–it’s one of those courses where they have all the material online, so you can watch lectures and read the texts at your own pace. And it’s for free! I’m learning all about society in early modern England.
The next day, I came into work like this: