A Friday Rant in Time for the Long Weekend…

I have never claimed to be the most fashionable person. I would never use the word “trendy” to describe any part of me, from my clothes to my music tastes to my social activities. I hope one would find me to be stylish, my clothing appropriate for my lifestyle, career, figure and personality though I am not trying to win any awards. I am really not one to judge others… but I am going to right now.

I have been doing this photo blog of my wardrobe for over two years and in the past year this concept has become HUGE! I am excited to see all these people sharing their real people wardrobes, and I am delighted by the creativity and beauty I see. Women with natural feminine shapes rocking it out in sassy threads, ladies finding utter gems in their local thrift store and making it look like haute couture, sisters making their own clothes and rivaling hot designers, chicks sporting super sassy duds from discount retailers. LOVE IT!

What I don’t love is all these women who are out there sporting their utterly ugly sense of fashion. I know the hipster look now is to pair unlikely items together in this “devil may care” sort of way. Vintage flats, a skirt made of an old tee shirt, a designer sweater and a bunch of chains from the hardware store looped around the throat all pulled together with a scarf or hat. Sometimes this works out so well – it’s wearable art and you are so impressed you want to take the woman to coffee and pick her brain to see how it works in such a creative fashion. Other times, it just looks like a random assortment of ugly crap. Thick bangs, yellow flats and flushed cheeks do not make a person fashionable or stylish. Wearing vintage does not equal good style and when you work too hard to be ironic or creative, it blows up in your face. Sorry ladies… I am not impressed.

I am also not impressed by these chicks who have a wardrobe full of crap. You may be a size 2 with a great smile and pair of breasts, but that stretch satin babydoll top from Rave is still ugly as sin and you still have no style at all. I worry that the fashion clueless may see this and think then it’s okay to have skintight pants, Lucite shoes (and you KNOW I hate Lucite), blue sparkly eyeshadow for work or cheap poly-blend suiting pieces for the corporate arena. It’s not okay, and as I have said many a times on my other blog, just because it is printed doesn’t mean it’s right.

Now everyone has their right to blog or Flikr about anything their heart desires. The Internet is an amazing place and I really feel it brings people together and opens people’s eyes. However, some people get a bit stat-happy and think that a few comments and a couple hundred hits means they are a fashionista. That pink pleather python shoulder bag tells me otherwise…


  1. September 4, 2007 / 5:47 pm

    Allie – first of all – I love your name. 😉

    Secondly, I love your style and your site which I just discovered today.


    Rock on, Girl!

  2. Amethyst
    September 4, 2007 / 4:48 pm

    I agree. There are some people out there who should just NOT give fashion advice just because of their love for shopping. Now I hear that Ashton Kutcher is going to be writing a column for Bazaar magazine. What a joke! What expertise does he have in giving fashion advice?? Who asked him to do this?? Ay, yi, yi…

  3. September 2, 2007 / 3:23 am

    Hilarious. And I absolutely agree!!

  4. Anonymous
    September 1, 2007 / 8:36 pm

    Allie dear girl, you are one of my favourite style and fashion bloggers. You are a very classy lady and this post is not worthy of you. Really. Love from Vibeke

  5. Anonymous
    September 1, 2007 / 3:21 pm

    Thank you! I’ve been to some of these blogs and groups, and while they do inspire me to be creative, so much of it is tacky and over the top, or just plain ugly. I discovered your blog about a week ago – you’ve got a great sense of style, but still practical. 🙂

  6. September 1, 2007 / 12:50 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree, that’s why I’ve given up on virtually all fashion blogs exvept you and the sartorialist. Either the clothes are totally unwearble or else blogs hve gone down the “i’ll sell my soul to blog ads route” ……You’re a woman after my own heart!!

  7. Andrea
    September 1, 2007 / 10:11 am

    You crack me up

  8. Anonymous
    August 31, 2007 / 7:43 pm

    OMG! Why did you describe one of my friends? You are so right 🙂

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