Driving on Sunset Blvd is to drive through a zoo (of sorts). There is so much too look at; shops, graffiti, squatter spots, and the people who adorn the sidewalks (don’t worry this is coming from a passenger perspective, Drew was driving). The view is always changing, always interesting, and it amazes me just how different one road can be from point A to point B.
At any rate, while stopped at a light on Sunset the other afternoon, Drew and I laid eyes on this small, sad girl. Her black skinny jeans clung to her frame, like bark to a twig, and her over processed blonde bob kept blowing in her eyes. ”Oh my god, life is so hard!” I stated in a rather annoyed Californian-Valley-Girl droll. We chuckled to ourselves and then, as if at the same moment, we both stopped laughing and got rather quiet. “You know, I thought that exact same thing… like, wow, she hates her life… but what if that’s just how she looks and she is actually a really nice, really happy person?” Drew asked inquisitively . I watched her march up the side walk for a moment longer. “How so? I mean, I totally agree with you, she may be all sunshine when she’s not alone, but how do you think that works?”
We both let this thought roll through our brains as we continued down the road. “Do you think it was just how she styled herself?” He asked. “Her attire made her look hard and well, bitchy.”
“I would wear that.” I responded with a laugh.
“Right but it would look different on you. You can wear that style with out it seeming so… angry.”
“Huh, it is interesting how different people can wear the exact same thing and have it feel totally different. Do ever notice how some people wear things and it feels, forced?” I asked.
“Yeah, it’s like if I tried to wear what Caton wears, I would look ridiculous, but it looks amazing on him.”
This lead into a whole conversation on branding and designers and fit and style. How our “look” can define who we are in a sense. Here is what I have decided:
If you like something, wear it. Feel confident in it. Make sure the fit works with your body so that you wear the clothes and they don’t wear you. Fashion is a revolving door. These days trends are a mash up of nearly every era, texture, shape, and color that has come before.
Personally, while I love fashion, adore the daring souls who rock all the trendiest of trends (Bryan Boy and the Man Repeller anyone?), I tend to dip my toes into the trendy waters and maybe even wade in up to my waist… but at the end of the day I always feel most stylish, most sexy, most confident in a great oversized tee, skinny denim, and a great pair of shoes (and good accesorries of course… I can feel you all rolling your eyes at how much of a “given” that statement is). The look goes from day to night just by changing the mood with shoes, a jacket, and jewelry, so what’s not to love?
When I was thinking about all of this I stumbled on this quote, the words of which couldn’t be more true:
“Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.”
So whether you are the trend setter, the fashion blogger (you know who you are), the daring or the demure- be who you are, wear what you feel good in, and the rest will fall into place (now if I could just take my own advice).
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