Look At Those Clothes!

Musings on style and fashion

Will your clothes miss you when you’re gone?

They very well might in the world on the other side of the looking glass, where bread-and-butterflies flicker through marmalade skies and talking eggs wear dapper outfits. Your clothes might miss you in this world, too, if you’re one of those people whose minds easily slip into personifying—giving life and personality to objects that others see as merely inanimate bits of material. Those people are sometimes called children—or poets. And […]

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What do ghosts wear?

I’m charmed by love Elaine Equi’s “Ghosts and Fashion,” a droll little poem in which she ponders the wardrobe problems of those who, having not quite left this world, must cope with the need to dress their non-bodies, rather than their physical forms. The ghost, she says, must clothe its invisibility in something if it is to “appear” in public. Equi muses about traditional ghosts, “who favor the simple shroud—a […]

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Sometimes I feel like an eggplant …

Although our wardrobe has been marching steadily back to its old black-white-gray-and-a-bright-accent-color palette, sometimes a few of The Style Sisters want to revisit  the full-monty color thing. If it’s the quiet sisters, we end up wearing something like the purple-and-green, flowers-and-stripes, eggplant-y outfit they chose for us recently. (Paris Gray-Brown wants us to say “aubergine-y,” because she is a snob, but we are not, so eggplant-y it is. ) We […]

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Pass the Salt and Pepper, Please

I love the look of salt-and-peppery black-and-white yarns, so I’ve had sweaters like this before. But somehow I never find quite the right thing to wear them with, and they end up back at the thrift store from whence they came (or one of its many cousins). This  one lucked out, though. Either it’s just the right balance of white and black, or it just happened to find the perfect […]

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“What Shall I Bring You from Iceland?”

How lucky am I to be asked such a question whenever my globe-trotting friend takes off for foreign lands! This time, as she headed to Iceland, I, finding myself in the midst of a serious decluttering campaign, asked her to please bring for The Man in the Plaid Shirt (a geologist by trade and by nature) nothing more than a rock and for me something from a thrift store in […]

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“Style is not about what you’re wearing . . . “

    “Style is not about what you’re wearing. Style is a combination of many things: It’s the way you move, your taste in books, your taste in a house. It’s the things you do that are different when everybody else is doing the same thing.” —Carolina Herrera, designer, Harper’s Bazaar, April 2015   Such a nice summing up of the complexity of style! What you decide to wear is […]

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“Clothes that really protect you . . . “

  “You know, I love that kind of having these relationships almost like old friends with your clothes, and sometimes you rediscover … a little black dress or something that really protects you, and when you’re tired and you have to go to something, you rediscover it in your wardrobe and you say ‘Oh, thank God,’ and you zip it on and you feel better.” —Giambattista Valli, designer Sweet words […]

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Irritating Fashion Stuff #2

Alas, allowing Paris Gray-Brown an opportunity to vent her crabbiness about certain fashion things that irritate her for no particular reason (Irritating Fashion Stuff #1) did little but encourage her to continue scribbling out lists of other irritations. Not only that; she kept corralling the other Style Sisters and insisting that they listen and, of course, applaud, which they did not want to do. To keep peace in the family, […]

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