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Fashion Trends I Don't Understand...

...sorry, sometimes I'm stupid. (File this one under "Rants"...)

Now that my general apology for my stylistic unintelligence is out of the way, let's get down to brass tax. I take issue with a few fashion trends I've been seeing over and over, and now I'm going to say something about it. I've sat by idly, watching the emperor shed his proverbial clothes for far too long, and now I'm reaching for the bathrobe. I have to. That willy is just too sad-looking out there in the cold like that.

Again, have some patience with me. I'm a (somewhat) older, more crotchety, more academic blogger than you young upstarts with your gorgeous selves in daily outfit posts, so perhaps I just don't understand. Maybe I'm David Letterman to your Jimmy Fallon and my routine is a little classic, but there's something to be said for the classics.

For instance, why not paint all of your fingernails the same damn color? I honestly do not get the fourth-fingernail or index-finger painted a contrasting color thing. What is that? ran out of Essie's "Splash of Grenadine" so you had to finish off your manicure with "Armed and Ready" instead? I don't buy it. No one could possibly find ten fingers of the same color so boring that they had to change up numbers three and nine. Is this a drug thing? Because that is the only answer I can think of. The legendary cocaine pinkie spoons of old have given way to this new odd-finger-out your party people know which fingertip to load.

And while we're on the subject of manicures...what's with the obsession over "nail art"? I thought that was relegated to the board of plastic fingernails on the wall at the manicurist's shop, but which no one ever actually ordered for themselves because they were too tacky for anyone who had any class. Seriously? Daisies and polkadots to match your outfit? Flames and lightningbolts? Mustaches & monocles? Leather & lace? Florentine paper swirls? Are you fucking kidding? This may be hard to hear for some of you (but with my readership, I suspect not) but, to put it in the vernacular: nail art is GHETTO. Don't do it.

And what about the special polishes that create a craquelature effect? (Ahem, let's leave the special effects to the paint department at Home Depot, okay?) Has technology made our lives so efficient that we have time to waste like this?


That's basically the whole point: why waste the time? If you get a professional manicure, it's thirty minutes to an hour MINIMUM door to door. If you do one at home it's probably fifteen to forty-five minutes. Who has the time to be changing nail colors with every outfit? That, and have you seen the "ombre" manicure ridiculousness? Clearly this is only something you can do at a nail salon because what idiot would buy five shades of blue nail polish to make this happen? Economically, this is a bad trend. OPI's bottles are now around $8.50 each x 5 = $42.50...You'd better hope those colors don't go out of style in the next six months or you'll be sitting on a whole lot of "Austin-tatious Turquoise" and getting zero return on investment. And it's not like you can consign used nail polish.

Not to say I haven't tried to do these trends. I have. I even have a bottle of OPI's "Gargantuan Green Grape" waiting in my medicine cabinet, but somehow I just can't get myself to break it open. I've also tried to do the glitter thing, but it chipped right away and I ended up with gold glitter in my gluten-free pizza dough. That's not as glamorous as it sounds, kids.

Don't get me wrong, I adore a lot of the "outfit of the day" girls, but I always get a little panicked when they go in for the manicure detail shot. How many hours of the week go to polish changes? Oy! I shudder to think. I'd rather spend that time reading email spam from mail-order-brides in Uzbekistan. I also completely and whole-heartedly admire anyone who has this level of fashion intrepidness that they don't care about the looks in askance they get with such weird fingernails. I applaud them and their bravery! But at the same time, I worry. I worry because they're probably in for a rude awakening, and like Holden Caulfield, I'd like to catch them before they fall off the edge of a cliff...

Floral pants from Anthropologie. There are like, three people in the universe who can wear these.

Now that we're done with the nail polish thing, let's discuss the floral pants thing. I know that florals are always big for spring, but on pants? Really? I mean we're not all 80 pounds here. Don't designers know that putting a big ol' print on the bottom half cuts out about 99% of their customer base? I know it looks great on some people, but let's get real.

Sloppy stripes, courtesy of weird tucking at J.Crew.

Also...and this is the last, I promise. What is the deal with tucking in just the front part of your shirt? We used to do this in grammar school when we had to tuck in shirts for dress uniform days but we got around it by just tucking in the front where the blazer opened... When did this become the cool thing to do? I get that you want to show off your Hermès belt buckle and what-not, but to me it looks sort of sloppy. I'm already having a hard enough time getting my sleeves to roll just so so that I can show off my arm party. Now you want me to tuck my shirt in just so too? That's a lot of just so juzhing for one busy girl to carry off for an entire day.

Like I said, perhaps I'm just a classicist. I like my fingernails all one color (usually in a shade of red or pink) and I like my shirts either in or out. Okay, so I am getting into the colored denim thing, but I don't do floral prints on the bottom, in fact, the most I'll usually do is a great Windsor check.

Maybe that makes me boring, or maybe that makes me...normal?

Reader Comments (8)

I enjoy nail art although I don't have the patience for it... I think there are two things that keep it from being ghetto: keeping it on your natural nails, and using polish/paint as opposed to airbrushing, or doing acrylics. But whether you DIY or go into a salon, all those manicures take a lot of time and money!

You know one trend I'm getting tired of? Arm parties. That may be because I'm just tired of all my bracelets/bangles. But I also don't like how heavy it looks... I do have a streak of minimalism, after all.
Oh how I love a good rant! I believe it's good for the soul. There are a fair number of trends out there that I can't comprehend either. In addition to the ones you list, I would include socks in sandals, rabbit ears on women older than age 6 and pajamas worn outside the comfort of your own home.

I'm increasingly convinced that the more outlandish get ups you encounter in the street are being driven in part by all the street style blogs that have proliferated over the past 5 years. A great many of these style blog subjects seem to be trying too hard. It all seems somewhat contrived.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelene
Thank you for this! I hate the Jazzy Manicures...It is Ghetto...remember "studs" in nails? I once met a woman who had a tiny Hoop "earring" in Acrylics. YUCK. And Floral pants are for children or sister wives, not cool.
Finally on the tuck.....???? Just show me your belt buckle already, you know you want to . Dont pretend that you accidenty grabbed a simple H and you dont want me to notice.
Keep it Poetic and Chic!
March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEva Eastman
I disagree with regard to the nails - if the nails are short and well-trimmed ... I think the style/colors in the first photo you have up is stunning ...
March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie
Speaking of crotchety, let me get up on my soapbox...

I am so over these "what i wore" blogs. Who cares? If everyone who has one of these blogs took the time it takes to style the perfect outfit, shoot it and then blog it and devoted it to picking up trash, tutoring a child, or organizing against politicians who try to conscript women's rights, then wouldn't our world be a better place? Plus don't get me started about when they get chosen by corporations to bring their special brand of something to the corporation's blog!

We are now a society of self indulgent imbiciles whose values and ability to care for anyone other than ourselves is going down the toilet.

There, i feel much better now.
March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
I'm somewhat embarrassed to say love all the things you ranted about. But I also love your rant. Maybe that makes me indecisive or a hypocrite? Or maybe we don't need labels. Long live weird fashion and rants about it!
March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
Ha, love this post! Consequently I love all the things you ranted about as well. I seriously may buy those Anthro pants. I don't think I've seen them before! :/
March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie
THANK YOU. You made me smile & laugh & I'm definitely a follower now :]

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen

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