OOTD: PREPPY PLAID FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Guys, I have a confession to make… And it’s not a good one. I’ve never seen Clueless. I know, I know, that’s awful. You can hate me if you wish, lol. To be fair, it came out when I was 4, so it was quite a bit before my time. I know that’s not an excuse, because hello, I watched SATC my entire teenage years (and also college and adult life), even though it originally debuted when I was 7 years old.
BUT, I have to say, from what I understand, Clueless is about a rich, dumb blonde girl and her dumb friends (?). To me, that’s just the least attractive thing ever to watch. Sex & The City might not seem very intellectual at first sight either, but aside from all the funny moments, the love stories and the obvious sex talk, it was also a show about 4 smart, independent women. They were intelligent, into their careers, and the lines were witty and SO funny. I feel like for the late 90’s/early 2000’s, it was really groundbreaking to see a show about 4 smart, independent, fashionable (yes!!!) women owning their sexuality.
I personally have a really hard time with women making themselves sound “dumb” just because they think it’s “cool” and I feel like that’s soooo 2001. And it might have been considered sexy(?!) to look like dumb blonde in the early 2000’s, thanks to shows like Girls Next Door and The Simple Life, but it’s 2018 now. And I feel like smart is the new sexy. Not even that, like it’s just sexy for a woman to actually be smart. I know a lot of men (AND WOMEN) agree, so don’t just take my word for it. Hell, even paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson are looking smarter than ever. I might be wrong about Clueless though, so please let me know in the comments section if you’re a hardcore fan, and let me know why I should (finally) watch it.
And to be honest, I never really like plaid skirts, because they always reminded me of the yellow plaid outfit Alicia Silverstone rocks in Clueless.. I guess I wasn’t really a fan of the print to begin with, but this association just made it worse, ha!
But recently, I’ve been all about trying new things, fashion-wise. I feel like yes, there are things you don’t like and that’s fine, but it’s kind of limiting to swear off an entire print or colour. I don’t like blanket statements when it comes to people, and I don’t like them when it comes to fashion either.
On that note, I saw a super interesting interview with Marc Jacobs a few years ago (when I was in fashion school) and he said that one of the things he did at the beginning of designing a collection was to take a bunch of really ugly fabrics he hated, and see if he could turn them into something he would actually LOVE. He said that forced him to really outdo himself in the design of the garments, and I love that. I feel like that’s the best example for pushing the boundaries and really doing something outside the box. Like it’s easy to make a pink sequinned fabric look cute, but that doesn’t revolutionize anything. And it would be pretty boring if that’s what everyone did, right?
So in that state of mind, I decided to give the plaid skirt a go. And I really don’t regret it! I went for this one because it’s super simple, not too busy and quite a neutral piece.
And while I’m not at the stage (yet) where I want to pair plaid with other patterns or colours, I actually like how it turned out with this otherwise all-black outfit.
I honestly kinda felt a little like I was a rich girl from the U.K. (which I guess makes sense) and a little like I belonged on the Upper East Side? Basically I felt rich and preppy, lol. I feel like the only thing I needed to go for the total extra look was one of those fisherman hats or a beret… But for the time being, I find both styles completely hideous (no offence) so I had to do without.
For some reason, I feel like this look is also perfect for the Holiday season. Like, probably not for a Christmas or New Year’s party (I’m love myself some glitter then) but for Christmas morning brunch or between Christmas and New Years’s. I feel like I love being a little dressed up the whole week between the two Holidays, just because I’m a Christmas freak and it makes things just a little more festive!
What about you guys? What’s your fave Holidays style? Are you more dressed up, or pyjamas and fuzzy slippers by the Christmas tree? I have to say that also sounds amazing!!
Love, Jenny xx