Friday, May 21, 2010
The princess in all her tacky glory
I recently was invited to a site called Lookville. I signed up, but was hesitant to post anything. I decided to throw caution to the wind and go ahead and post an outfit I wore recently. I thought I looked pretty darned cute on that day, but the commentators on Lookville apparently thought differently. (The outfit is the bottom picture) Fortunately no one was overly mean directly at me, but I got a couple fun comments like
"BURN THE STOCKINGS! AND THE SHRUG! they are ugly and just plain bad! the stockings are waywayway too much and they just look bad! Plus this is a cute summer dress the shrug looks tacky and hot! take it off! "
"lose the stockings, and the shrug.... then PERFECT! the stockings pattern is too matchy crazy with the pattern of the sweater top.... and the blue stockings with green shoes..... oh no....and all of that is competing with the dress! TOO MUCH!!!!!! The dress is perfect on you. wear only that, and switch necklace to more feminine: a strand of pearls. If u need something to wear for a cover up, choose a pashmina style wrap that matches the bow on the dress: PERFECT!"
"I would loose the blue stockings. I don't think they are doing anything good for your legs."
"I think it would be better if you get rid of the stockings. The stockings actually emphasises on your legs"
So basically if I got rid of everything from the outfit that made it unique and me, I would look good. Plus I should wear a strand of pearls and I had a couple of recommendations to wear a pashmina instead. A pashmina? Really?
So I took their comments into careful consideration and went over to my wardrobe and chose the brightest article of clothing I could find. I then found the most "unflattering" fishnets i owned (Fishnet etiquette dictates that bigger the fishnet pattern, the more unflattering and trashier they are) I looked through my jewelery and found one of the biggest necklaces possible and then once I was done I looked in the mirror and much to the horror of Coco Chanel, (she always advised one should look in the mirror and remove one accessory before leaving the house) added one more accessory, a big fake looking rhinestone bracelet.
The end result? Perfect!
(outfit is the top few pictures shown)
I'm well aware my style verges on tacky and over the top sometimes. On occasion I look like a box of crayons exploded on me. I wouldn't have it any other way. Calvin Kline's minimalism makes me yawn. Give me Alexander Mcqueen's robots spray painting a white dress any day. Jeniffer Aniston may look polished and put together, but she also looks kinda boring. Bjork's swan dress, Rose McGowan's MTV awards dress and anything worn by Lady Gaga may be weird or tacky or land them on worst dressed lists, but at least it's memorable. Marilyn Monroe once said "it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." I know my taste isn't everyones cup of tea, but if you don't like it, feel free not to drink it. The world would be a boring place if everyone had the same taste.
So to the person that said I should burn my stockings and my shrug, I say to you I'm going to start a fire allright, but only so I can burn your retinas. Behold me in all my tacky glory and burn baby burn!
Skirt: Jones of New York from Winners
Tank top: Joe Fresh
Stockings: Forever 21
Necklace & Bracelet: Aldo's