22 September 2011

Tee For Cocktails

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M.J.W.

21 September 2011

In the Name of Fashion

You may have noticed several pop culture tee shirts bearing the words “Don’t Feed the Models” across the front, which draw attention perhaps in a not so sympathizing way to the pressure put on models to keep weight to the bare minimum. But in an age where many customers are misled to assume that the acquirement of designer goods automatically makes the purchaser fashionable, eating disorders are targeting the average consumer. In her article titled Going To Extremes, which was published in the September 2009 issue of Marie Claire, Abigail Haworth argues that while recession in the United States may force fashionistas to budget around the latest designer merchandise, starving in the name of fashion is a step too far. “In March [2009], [Keiko] Onishi, collapsed after starving herself in order to save money to buy a limited-edition Gucci bracelet watch,” writes Haworth. Onishi’s plans to save money by eating watery miso soup for more than a week were interrupted by a trip to a hospital in Tokyo, where it was discovered the then-25-year-old suffered from malnutrition and dehydration.

Despite the fact that as of 2009, Japan was swimming in the depths of the worst recession in 6 decades, it “account[ed] for 40 percent of all luxury-goods sales worldwide; in Tokyo, around half of women in
their 20s own[ed] a Louis Vuitton product.” Haworth consults Fiona Wilson, Asia-based editor of the magazine Monocle, who explains purchasing of designer goods is a means in which many women show off their fashion sense, especially in a country in which most young women live with their parents and do not own a house or car.

While unhealthy budgeting habits that list food as a last priority may be taking Japan by storm, I am convinced that the sacrificing of food for goods is a problem facing many young women hailing from the East and West alike. I have seen more than one Western women in her 20s skip more than a meal or two in order to buy clothes and shoes on several occasions. The underlying problem besides the obvious need for women to sort out their priorities is ignorance of what style truly means. Style is a celebration of the individual and is best exercised when dressing for oneself. There are few things more unstylish than everyone owning the same bag, Louis Vuitton or not.


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Jewels Are Not a Substitution For Breakfast 

M.J.W.

15 September 2011

30 Rock

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M.J.W.

14 September 2011

Rise of the Button-Up

Up until recently the tee shirt has been my most-worn and most-loved staple, rivaled only by my collection of tank tops and leggings. Being presented with so many different variations of tee shirt, I often wore one a day, ignoring any other type of shirt for months at a time. Crew, v and scoop neck tees were almost always hung and rarely ever folded. I could not have anticipated their relocation to dresser drawers and closet shelves to make room for the button-up. Prior to the button-up invading my wardrobe, you would have only seen me dressed in a collared shirt for special occasions like choir performances or field trips to government buildings (like when I met the mayor of Ayr in 2004).

It was my entering the workforce for the first time that drew me to the grandeur of the collared shirt, with its stand-alone power and instant polish; no blazer required. From that moment on my thoughts turned to Italy; I recalled seeing so many Italian fashion bloggers and style icons dressed in this type of shirt. I had always admired the simple but cohesive look of Italian women and asked Mihaela Gurau of Overseeing Fashion just how to fit in on the Italian fashion scene. “Italians are really interested in having a simple, but extremely refined look,” she shared. “So try to use neutral colors, which follow your body lines. I recommend you…wear silk, cotton or linen (the last one is perfect for a relaxed Summer outfit),” Mika advised.

The button-up seemed to perfectly fill step one in this equation that yielded a simple, refined look; thus I was immediately drawn to its classic silhouette. There is something about a collared shirt that appeals to me. Perhaps it is its ability to be popped upwards in one preppy swoop or its functional nature, which allows me to place numerous neck ornaments under it, like a string of pearls or a silk scarf. Its talent for rendering me business savvy, dignified, feminine and fashionable proves it reliant and a bit mysterious with each passing day.


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M.J.W.

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