But also because they give your clothes some character. And I don’t mean your classic striped t-shirt. I mean the wide stripes, the ones that are kind of like color-blocking, that we’re starting to see appear on many designers’ pants. To me, they’re the perfect work pants. To the corporate lawyers at my office, not so much probably. Where you work, you might dress to impress and wear these. But where I work, it’s more like “dress to unimpress.”
There’s something daunting about all of the information that floods in during the various fashion weeks taking place all over the world. All runway shows’ coverage, all street style coverage, countless new trends - it can all be intimidating for a blogger. A new blog post idea? Well, someone else has probably already beat me to it. It’s inevitable, and even natural, to feel discouraged when you’re trying to blog about something so ephemeral as fashion trends. But I still think I have a uniquely organized way of looking at fashion and trends - and so after a hiatus of some grueling day job work and vacationing out in the American Southwest, I think it’s time to share my perspective with the blogosphere, friends, and family once again.
Because the streetstyle scenes outside of the fashion shows during fashion week are just as indicative of upcoming trends as the fashion shows themselves, I’m always checking various streetstyle blogs to see what the editors/fashionistas are wearing. And what I found among the many pictures of crazy patterns, huge heels, anna dello russo’s somewhat hideous yet cool dresses, bloggers’ overstated outfits, accessories - was a new way of color-blocking.
Not me, cuz I wasn’t invited. Hashtag amateur blogger. Hashtag haven’t made it.
Before I scope out street style (blogs) from this week and discuss my favorite looks that most likely Tommy Ton captured outside the fashion shows, I thought I’d give you a little taste of what I’m wearing in this February winter. Nothing earthshatteringly special, but there’s a backstory.
It’s been almost 5 years since I graduated from high school and about that same amount of time since I had seen Lydia Carron, fashion model (and blogger!). At our all-girls school in New York City, Lydia belonged to a class of girls, always known as the “sophomores” to those of us who graduated in ’08 (even though they were only sophomores during that one year that we were seniors). We fought with the sophomores, whether it was behind the backs or in front of the teachers, whether it was on or off Facebook. But the younger sister of a friend and classmate, and an avid Buffy fan (as was I), Lydia was always liked by my classmates. More importantly, she was one of the few girls that had her own career before graduating high school. She signed with Next Model Management at around age 15; she was even wearing our school uniform in one of her first modeling Polaroid shots. And sitting down with Lydia for coffee a couple of weeks ago, discussing her recent success in modeling, she seemed still familiar to me as a fellow Nightingale girl, quiet yet outspoken at the same time—but also cognizant of the realities of having a career in fashion modeling.
Despite how dissimilar her job is to mine and probably a lot of others’ (model vs. paralegal, hello?), I discovered through our conversation that Lydia has learned lessons in her modeling career that I could apply to my own experience with my first real professional job.