Monday, September 13, 2010

bitches throw down

Ever seen someone who has never really broken out of their 70's vibe and still likes the polyester pantsuits? Do you have a girlfriend who can't be talked out of her mom jeans? We Bitches have a theory about a person's fashion compass:

Without motivation, a person's fashion personality does not change much over time.

In physics terms, you could say that a wardrobe at rest tends to stay at rest. While an aging disco queen at the grocery store is perhaps an extreme example, we think that most people find their favorite style models when they are young and have kept them alive in some form, since then. As someone who is guilty of having plenty of fashion throwback tendencies, my personal theory is that my parents and the peers of my youth were my harshest critics. The crowd I ran with schooled me at a young and malleable age (sometimes not in the nicest way) on what was and was not acceptable, and what did and did not look good on me. This early critique became part of my social DNA and has stayed with me to this day. . . which is probably why I still gravitate to wanting to wear safety pins in my ears with my shredded jeans.

This presents a problem, since even L.L. Bean eventually updates their khakis: how do you keep from being, in fashion-terms, that old guy with the comb-over who refuses to change? More importantly, how do you take on a new look or new ideas without buying an entirely new wardrobe?

We bitches decided to take this on and stretch—to break out of our fashion molds and see if it's possible to do new things and make change fun and painless. Most importantly, we took this on with the goal of not spending any extra money.

For our fashion throw-down, we used the extremely helpful Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style - how to wear iconic looks and make them your own. This awesome little tome identifies 10 completely different iconic looks and the essential pieces that one would need to pull them off.

To kick it off, we picked two looks that neither of us normally wear or are particularly comfortable with and assigned them to each other:

Moi gets to try on Gamine,

Audrey Tatou and Audrey Hepburn are the best known Gamine icons. I know - they're totally adorable, right?

Jean Shrimpton is also a Gamine Icon. Naughty elf indeed!

and Pirate gets to test drive Bohemian.

Sigh. Ali McGraw was totally hot, when I was about 6.

Stevie Nicks: the ne plus ultra of boho chic.

That's right, we bitches will be sacrificing ourselves in the name of science. Er, fashion. Fashion science? Yeah, that's it. Stretch? Hell yes. We Bitches eat change for breakfast!

Can you feel the excitement? Can you? I can!! Stay tuned!

16 comments:

FASHION BUTTER said...

Oooooooooooo fun!

Velvet Otterhound said...

I chopped off all my hair about 3 years ago. Talk about changing it up a bit! It was super fun.

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

bigtime hair changes can be life changing events, not to be taken lightly. Good for you for going for it!

Tea said...

Ohhhhh, I've been mentally preparing to give up my Edie Brickell look. I should be ready in about 4 more years.

greyhound said...

I don't know if male fashion has a place on the blog, but I have been wearing the iconic "Mad Men" look since before the series ever aired. Hopefully it will not become so trendy that it ever goes out of date.

John said...

Maybe I should try a comb-over, as a break from the old No. 1 guard all over.

Pamela said...

OMG - you have NO idea how excited I am to see the pictures. CANNOT WAIT!

Pamela said...

PS - I could probably lend you everything you need to pull it off but I'll wait and see what you come up with.

Aunty Belle said...

jean shrimpton wuz prolly the most gorgeous woman since helen of troy

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

Tea - you can't rush these things, you know...

Greyhound - there is *always* a welcome mat for men here at the Bitches. And I think your bow tie is super -- who do you think was your fashion model for this?

John - no. Combovers are not better.

Pamela - you and Moi are like fashion sistahs, what with your BoHo thing.

Aunty - I didn't realize who she was until just recently, I think you are totally right. I think she's still around!

Aunty Belle said...

an' can I jes' say, iffin' ya is leanin' toward "mom jeans" why not fuggitaboutit? Get some chinos. I mean, real or nuthin'.

moi said...

Aunty: Anything that makes a "bubble" of the tummy, hip, crotchal area should be shot on sight.

Pamela said...

DPR - I do not wear these 70s things any more but neither have I tossed them out. I just can't wait to see your layered, flowered, crocheted look. It will be awesome, I am sure.

chickory said...

note that i used the Shrimpt to lionize you as culinary judge. now, i am extremely excited about this transformation. good timing too as we arrive at the cusp of frankenstein time.

im definitely a fashion rut victim. uniform is jeans and crisp shirt. boots of some kind. barely any jewelry. *yawn*

im too old to change i guess until its time for me to pull up my Burberry Depends.

chickory said...

btw the sartorialist is in the ATL this week and art mavens are hoping to make his famous page.

moi said...

Chickory: I knew that was Shrimpton the moment I saw her—so cool! I would love to have half her elan. There's nothing wrong with having a uniform when it works, and yours is both job and age appropriate. As for the Sartorialist, put on your D&G and wedge boots and stalk him, grrrrrl!