Look At Those Clothes!

Musings on style and fashion

5 dollars? For all these? No, let me give you more . . .

An embarrassment of riches. Really, that  is the most perfect expression in the whole wide world for our recent good fortune at a local hospice shop. I had stopped in to drop off the wooden hangers they’d lent me awhile ago when I’d bought a couple of wool blazers for The Man in the Plaid Shirt. (He actually asked for them—quite amazing, given that he hails from Homo geologicus, a […]

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The Curse of the Stylist

“Hollywood is so different now. They all have stylists, so that on the red carpet they all look like clones. The great movie stars in my day bought their own clothes. Their style came through.” —James Galanos, American designer, 2007    Yes! Like Mr. Galanos, I lament the day that grown, intelligent woman became dependent on stylists to tell them who they are and what they should wear. Getting advice, […]

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Irritating Fashion Stuff #1

Here at Look at Those Clothes, The Style Sisters and I (well, most of us) try to be open-minded—never to say “never” to anything, to encourage everyone to wear whatever makes them happy, and to cling to our belief that if you wear whatever you want with aplomb, you’ll look just fine. But … you know how some things (and, yes, people) just grate on you for no reason at […]

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Weather Ain’t Nuthin’

 “Weather ain’t nuthin’. If it’s rainin’ out, take yer slicker. If it’s purty, leave it ta home.” —An American cowboy I read that quote long ago in some coffee table book full of beautiful photos of cowboys doing what cowboys do—or used to do, back when the West was the West and this country had a good five-cent cigar. It’s really just a more piquant way of delivering a common […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

This past Friday morning as we were dressing for work, the temperature was 6 degrees with a wind chill of 19 below and a projected high of 11. I could have driven to work, but, along with The Style Sisters (even the quiet ones), I like to amuse myself now and then by taking on stupid challenges. They were all willing to give it a go. “Good for you guys!” […]

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We’re Talkin’ Clothes Here #2

Here, friends, is our second baker’s dozen of clothing-related expressions.  You’ll find a few sent along by alert readers like yourselves. And the challenge still stands: Send us your favorite clothing expressions and we’ll feature them in future posts, along with your name, if you’d like. As noted in We’re Talkin’ Clothes Here #1, We’re especially interested in expressions tied to specific regions of this country (the U.S. of A., […]

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Well, Fashion IS Funny . . .

My alert and intelligent friend Jen A. sent me a link to “I Miss You When I Blink,” a  wickedly funny blog written (and written very well, I must say) by writer, editor, and illustrator Mary Laura Philpott. Mary Laura is an equal-opportunity skewer, which is to say that she pokes intelligent fun at myriad aspects of American culture. But my favorites are her sends-ups of the goofy ideas and […]

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Chanel to Texas Barbecue: “Take a Hike”

“In 1957 we invited [Chanel] to Dallas to receive the Neiman-Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion. … Mademoiselle Chanel was eager to visit a ranch, so we gave a Western-style party at my brother Eddie’s Blackmark Farm, with a ranch-style dinner and roping and bronco riding exhibitions. It turned out she didn’t like the taste of the barbecued meat and the highly seasoned beans, so she […]

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Super Bowl Colors: Will White Win Again?

Gosh, I don’t know, but it seems that statistics are on the side of  the New England Patriots, since they’ll be in their white “road”  jerseys, and according to the official NFL site, on a page called “Mind-blowing stats for the Super Bowl,” teams wearing white have won 8 of the last 10 games. For those of us clueless about football, the site SB Nation helpfully observes that because the […]

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