December 06, 2007
The skinny on denim
With my 5’0” stature, I usually have to resort to Abercrombie kids to find jeans since they’re the only ones that fit snugly around the waist, don’t drag 2 inches on the floor and aren’t embroidered with butterflies and flowers. But in doing that, I’m pretty much limited to two cuts: the skinny jean or the classic low-rise flare, since their target market of 8 to 14 year-old girls don’t usually look for wide-legged or boot-cut denim. That doesn’t necessarily mean that those two styles are the best cuts for my body type though. Thankfully, I found this article entitled “BEST: Jeans" on my AOL homepage just now.
This interactive article gives its readers the low-down on which cuts and washes are most flattering on every body type. If your last visit to the Levi’s store made your head spin, a quick and easy fix would be to invest in the classic boot-cut jean, which, according to the author of the article, can work for any body type. I full-heartedly agree. It’s a sophisticated, timeless, unisex style. Teenage guys and middle-aged women all can pull off this look:
Their commentary on the high-waist jean, however, disappointed me. True, the high-waist jean is meant for girls with a smaller middle, but they failed to acknowledge the fact that it creates the illusion of cutting your torso short, thereby making short girls (like me!) look even shorter. So I guess that I’ll mention now, you should only try to pull off the look if:
1) you’re reasonably tall, and
2) you’re looking for an outfit for a night out of town.
High-waisted jeans are definitely not for your everyday walk to class, especially since they are most typically paired with pointy-toed stilettos.
My favorite cut (although I don’t personally own a pair for myself) is the jean trouser. The modest fit around the waist and thighs makes it a versatile addition to any closet. You can easily wear them for a quick trip to the mall or pair them with a cute top and go out to a club. Personally, I prefer a dark wash when dealing with this kind of cut. Either that, or a neutral solid color (such as tan, brown or heather grey) for business occasions:
But of course, like I said earlier, sadly I have not yet found a store that perfectly caters to petite juniors. Until then, I’ll just keep making my periodic check-up trips to Banana Republic’s short-cut pant section and crossing my fingers in hopes of Abercrombie kids expanding their pant line to include business-casual attire.
December 02, 2007
Made famous by Gwen Stefani’s song a couple years back, Harajuku girls are anything but bland in the fashion world. But I guess in a thriving metropolis like this:
who can afford not to stand out?
The author of a blog titled “Great Fashion Finds” put Harajuku street fashion in simple terms: “It always reminds me that it’s important to take risks, express yourself through your clothing, and to have fun with fashion!” Harajuku girls really take this statement to the next level though. Take a look at a couple of these snapshots:
Really, there is no one simple word to describe the Japanese style scene. Asian countries in general have a knack for taking the wildest patterns, the loudest colors and the craziest fabrics and mesh them together into an outfit that is truly unique. What I really respect about these international fashionistas is that in order to be “in-style”, they don’t have to wear form-fitting, clothing or invest in a purse that has a value that’s the equivalent to the down-payment of a house. They take everything, from choppy hairstyles to textured shoelaces, and make it their own.
I had a friend in middle school who was going through a gothic fashion phase (which thankfully only lasted for about a week) and ironically looked down on anyone who shopped at Hot Topic. I asked her why, since they dressed the same way she did and she said it was because they basically just went into the store and bought an outfit instead of piecing it together thoughtfully themselves. I guess this sort of runs parallel to the Harajuku fashion scene: you really can't re-create someone's look, even if you wanted to. That, I think, is where the real creativity and originality comes into play.