This post has a different twist. I don't judge how people dress, at least not in a mean way, and believe me, I've made a few mistakes in my lifetime (I won't even go there). I also believe that style matures and refines with age (thank God!). Anyway, there I was earlier this morning in the city centre enjoying my latte at a café. I was sitting outside in lovely weather, without a book or a magazine, not even sunglasses. Well, the magazine shop was close by but I decided to simply enjoy looking at what the street had to offer: style or lack of it.
So, here are my morning's observations and I hope I don't insult anyone; this is all harmless and some of it is even utterly trivial, I know:
- Unless you are on your way with your kids to a Sound of Music audition, don't wear the exact same blue coat as both your girls around the age of 5 and 7. Looking like the Von Trapp family is NOT stylish! By the way, what shop even sells the exact same coat in all these sizes and colours?!!
- Don't wear high heels if you cannot work them. There is nothing stylish about watching a good-looking woman trying to hold balance with every step. It's simply not cool. Practice before hitting the streets or call Victoria Beckham to get advice!
- Ugg boots. I don't even know where to begin. Let's just keep it simple: No, no, no ... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
- Mustard coloured ankle boots. Yes, yes, yes ... YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! Oh my, that woman was so chic, she was like Erin Wasson who?!!
- If you're overweight STAY AWAY from leggings. Burn the ones you have like NOW! (You'll thank me later.)
- Self-confidence does not come with the Chanel bag (or bags from any other label). You can wear all the labels you want but if your self-confidence isn't there you are simply throwing your money away. I hate to break it to you but the beauty of that bag won't outshine your lack of self-worth.
- Mixing colours can be fun but when you wear like 10 that's just too much!
- Improve your posture and begin with straightening your back! (Yoga would be a good first step.)
- Wearing the same colour and breaking it up with a black belt. Yes, that definitely works!
- Embracing old age and wearing your wrinkles with dignity. Yes, that definitely works, it shows self-confidence, and it's very Joan Burstein-ish. Wish I could show you a photo of that elder woman. She was so stylish and believe me, she worked those heels.
And yes, you're right, I did a little bit of shopping today. This girl is now ready for autumn/winter, makeup and all. wink I hope you are enjoying one fine Wednesday!
Joan Burstein, right: The Sartorialist
Erin Wasson, left: Santiago Esteban for Elle Spain