Look At Those Clothes!

Musings on style and fashion

Monday, Monday, So Good to Me . . .

Friday evening, we lost a favorite pair of gloves while on our way to a goodbye gathering for a friend and colleague heading off on a great adventure: She’s moving to Nashville to be with her new love. Celestina Maria Santina, the most ethereal of The Style Sisters, became tearful, insisting that the loss of the gloves symbolized the loss of the friendship. Jazz, Francine, and Rajiki whooped with unkind […]

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He was what they call eccentric

Named his kids for vegetables—his son, Kale, his daughter, Kohlrabi. Wore t-shirts with his neckties; you need a bit of comfort, he’d say, to navigate the serious business of life.   Had a wife but couldn’t keep her. Life on the farm was just too damned hard. (They lived in the city, but you get the idea …) She drifted off one spring like a tumbleweed, her fresh scent borne […]

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On a Man’s Right to Look Like a Big Goof

“Just like commuters who wear baseball caps and sneakers with their Brooks Brothers suits, a backpack makes a grown man look ridiculous. Unless the man happens to be scaling Mount Everest.  A backpack worn with office attire makes you look like a little kid. It makes you look like you’re carrying Intermediate Spanish or The Scarlet Letter inside your book bag. It makes you look dumpy. It makes you look […]

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We’re Talkin’ Clothes Here #1

” … it’s going to be very hard to follow what’s going to happen, particularly biologically. …  All we can say is that, for sure, it will be different. We’re going down a different trouser leg of history.“ —Jan Zalasiewicz, geologist at the University of Leicester, England, talking about what life may be like in the Anrthopocene, the current geological time period in which human activity is having a global […]

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“To me it’s very beautiful …”

    “I don’t consider my own clothing to be outrageous. …The truth is that people just don’t have the same references that I do. To me it’s very beautiful and it’s art, and to them it’s outrageous and crazy.” —Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta)   All I can say to that is “Amen, sister.” I’d most definitely pass on her  dress made of meat  (although, if you didn’t […]

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Do Manners Matter?

  “I always try to look nice for shows. It’s good manners, like getting dressed to go to work.” —Meredith Graves, lead singer for the band Perfect Pussy, quoted in an interview  by Elizabeth Bristow in Sound & Style, New York Times, 21 July 2014   “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little—if only out of politeness. And then, you never […]

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It’s Perfectly Simple …

    “Simplicity should represent the resolution of complexity; it should be the arrival point, not the starting point.” —Pierpaolo Piccioli, co-creative director (with Maria Grazia Chiuri) at Valentino   Have a look at the 2014-15 fall ready-to-wear collection from Maison Valentino and you’ll see that simplicity, as Piccioli uses the term, doesn’t necessarily mean minimalism. Rather, Piccioli’s simplicity is the paring away of what is unnecessary, too much or […]

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The Brooklyn Diaries #2

Never one to hold grudges (for long) and also being true believers in the infinite human capacity for improvement, The Style Sisters and I permitted Francine to plan another Brooklyn adventure for us. Whereas she had forgotten—or, perhaps, totally ignored the need for—almost everything the first time, this time she forgot only our subway map, and, despite a major re-route because of track repairs somewhere or other, she got us […]

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Coco’s on Our Side!

  “The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” —Coco Chanel Well, my thrifty friends, if we needed any further justification for our sport, passion, and hobby, there it is!  Chanel no doubt never entered anything remotely related to a thrift shop once she left her impoverished childhood behind, but she surely understood the desire to have something beautiful at little expense. After all, some […]

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