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> Crimes of Fashion part Deux...this time, it's personal.
miss_jane
post May 10 2006, 08:42 AM
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Thanks sybarite.

I do feel sorry for those on the schooln run though. I don't know if i'd be bothered to be normal. Although I wouldn't have bought gauchos in the first place.
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sybarite
post May 10 2006, 08:13 AM
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IME, the school run is a veritable minefield for the CoF.

Miss_jane, black band t-shirts are always cool.

*goes off into sunshine to spot tourists in bad shoes and stupid knapsacks, the better to report back*
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miss_jane
post May 10 2006, 08:05 AM
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I think I just wandered into the realm of CoF.

I went out wearing black band t-shirt that is a childsize so not only did I get the breasts urging to be free look, but a good 4 inches of my gut hanging out, knee length denim shorts with turnups which have been "distressed", no makeup, no wash in fact - including hair, and to top it off, gold fakenstocks.

Although I happened to go out on the school run and all I can say is, at least I'm not wearing gauchos.
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sexytrexy
post May 9 2006, 10:05 PM
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*Ahem*
I was at a fashion line release party with my roommates, and this chic caught my eye. She was wearing...
Kelly green satin boxy dress that had the look of an oversized tux shirt from the 70's (complete with long sleeves and the ruffle down the front)
A large gold and brown belt that was cinched in such a way that her waist looked like where sausages connect
A cotton hooded zip up tunic that hit her right above the knees and was pale peach
Black mid calf stretch pants
Purple high top Converse All Stars.
You don't have to try so hard just because you are at a fashion related event! There was no dresscode. Most of the people in attendance looked either classic, snazzy, or chill. Lots of sandals and such. I myself threw on some smart red peep toe pumps and a grey fitted tee over the jeans I wore to the dog park. While trying to emmerse myself in the (local) world of fashion, I was initially scared of snobs. Though they exist, I am now deathly afraid of being the girl who tries to hard.
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lilacwine13
post May 8 2006, 06:35 PM
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Oh fug, I got another look at her and her belly is poking out from underneath the top.


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lilacwine13
post May 8 2006, 04:57 PM
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Cripes, I'm good at walking in heels and even I can't walk across grass without looking like a fool.And why am I picturing Peggy Bundy in that outfit?

Today at work, on one of my coworkers, mid-thirties, who has rather interesting fashion sense:

--cropped, floaty white top with sleeves that looked like they belonged on a shortened kimono
--pink and green tapestry print leggings (and yes, you could see everything)
--purple socks
--navy running shoes

The sad thing is, her haircut is actually cute, but the outfit didn't match it at all. At least she was wearing a bra (this is a woman who needs to wear one and she doesn't always do that) and the top covered her belly (again, she has worn tops like that to work).


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lowredmoon
post May 8 2006, 04:16 PM
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on campus today:

green khaki-type sort-of cropped jacket
gauzy floaty off-white tunic top ending well below the jacket
tight, washed-out camo capri pants
3" leopard print stiletto heels

the whole thing was a disaster, but the shoes were the absolute worst part, in their wtf-itude. and she was walking across the grass. i have no idea how she didn't seriously injure herself in those shoes.


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msgoofball
post May 8 2006, 12:12 PM
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yesterday at disneyland/C.A., i saw a load of CoF's....but i remember a distinct few...

-the man who brought with him a wrestling belt..and was carrying it over his shoulder. WTF?

-and the couple with the mime face paint on. and regular clothes. WTF?
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mornington
post May 8 2006, 07:50 AM
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*snorts* thank you, dusty... the mental image.

I think the mom jeans are genetic... maybe they're passed down as a sort of rite. At which point they pass down the knowledge of the CoF-mall too.
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miss_jane
post May 8 2006, 07:48 AM
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Youngish woman today wearing normal top, t-shirt and hoodie i think. She was then wearing baggy denim knee length shorts. With grey tracksuit bottoms beneath.
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dusty
post May 8 2006, 07:12 AM
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I was following a guy into the mall yesterday, looking at about three inches of grey wool socks showing below his khakis, thinking, "Elderly men. They just shoot up so fast these days..."
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halcyon
post May 8 2006, 01:50 AM
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hee hee, bklynhermit, I would've paid to see that!
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herculesgirl
post May 7 2006, 07:03 PM
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"Mom jean teen thing"...I like the way that sounds...hee!
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bklynhermit
post May 7 2006, 06:06 PM
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oh, another hilarious people-watching episode from yesterday, though only tenuously related to fashion:

a suburban mom-type (wash n go highlighted hair, baggy capri pants, short sleeved button down top which looked to be from Land's End) gleefully playing tambourine to a street musician's accompaniment on a powder blue fender strat, at Astor Place, in downtown new york.

this is why the east village is my all time favorite people watching spot...

she was totally shakin' it, too.
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bklynhermit
post May 7 2006, 06:03 PM
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also, the woman i saw had a daughter who looked to be less than 20 years old, and she herself (the mom) looked to be in her late 40's or maybe fiftyish at most.

so we're talking about someone who was a teenager in the 60's or 70's, for whom such pantsuits would have been the height of frump.

unless the mom jean teen thing is genetic, and the mother herself was wearing said polyester pantsuits at the age of 17...

can you imagine the grandmother, also a former mom jean teen, wandering around in whatever was considered frumpy in 1940?
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curioushair
post May 7 2006, 04:15 PM
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Yesterday I saw a woman in what I think was riding gear. That's not so terrible, I mean if you just jumped off a horse, but sort of weird in South St. Louis.


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pollystyrene
post May 7 2006, 03:13 PM
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I'm sure that part of it is just that they're old and don't care anymore, which I can respect, but I don't get being okay with wearing tons of old polyester- isn't that like wearing steel wool next to your skin? They've improved synthetics a lot over the years, and while I'm still reluctant to buy them, I do occasionally if the item is really good.



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bklynhermit
post May 7 2006, 03:04 PM
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if i had cable, i would watch 'What Not To Wear' all day, every day. I would get TiVo and TiVo every episode and watch them over and over.

I love that show. Preferably the American version (because it's more about wearing clothes that actually FIT you and LOOK GOOD rather than toeing a fashion partyline), but I'll watch the BBC one, too, in a pinch.
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misspissed
post May 7 2006, 02:58 PM
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bklynhermit, after watching umpteenth episodes of "What Not To Wear", i have come to the conclusion that there is some sort of secret shopping mall that carries all things CoF. somehow, they've hid themselves from the saner portion of civilization. not sure how, but there is definitely a conspiracy.

retro poly 70s pantsuits? 80's shoulder-padded Crystal Carrington dresses and jackets?

they got 'em.

i refuse to believe that people will wear things they bought 30 years ago and not understand that it is OUT OF DATE. maybe i suffer from extreme denial, but i can't believe it.

just because it still fits, doesn't mean you should still wear it.

grr.
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bklynhermit
post May 7 2006, 01:56 PM
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dude, seriously.

as a knitter, it is such a pain in the ass to wade through the pattern books trying to find something cool and functional and non-CoF to work on between all the "Yes, it's ugly, but at least it took a lot of skill!" type patterns.

And I saw one of those mom jean teens yesterday in union square. the weird thing is that she was with her mother, who had an un-ironic BEEHIVE and was wearing one of those circa 1972 polyester pantsuits, complete with double-knit vest over some kind of Gingham HorrorTop.

Where did these people come from? They could not possibly be New Yorkers, or at least not from Manhattan or any of the civilized parts of the city.
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