Charleston's Grit's 12 Days of Fashion: Loves & Loathes
(We want to hear from you! Click here to find out how it works and how to submit yours. Submission details also listed at bottom of this blog...)
Submitted by: E. Louise
Lives: Downtown, Harleston Village
LOVE: Restraint and Wisdom in Fashion
Shoppersmap.typepad.com and Huffington Post
DIYfashion.about.com and Lilithzine.com
Bluefly, Anthropologie, and Wedding Window
"Go ahead, say I sound like your mother. But can't high style and real beauty be as simple as... simple? As in, choosing one or two things to show people today: a great neckline, full lips, a petite waist, nice gams, or a striking silhouette. It takes confidence to cover up, to recognize your aesthetic strengths and draw others' to them—and wisdom to leave the rest to the imagination."
"Unfortunately, as is so often the case, less IS more… more cellulite, back fat, regrets. And yes (gasp!), Beyonce, too. If you Google this red gartered get-up of hers, most of what you'll find are the airbrushed versions of her in it—it shows the difference between the look she was going for and what she showed us. That happens in the real world, too. Why not do an honest once-over, choose your strong points, and wow the world accordingly? Got a lot of great assets? Fantastic: We’re not going to notice them unless you resist the urge to lay them all out like a self-indulgent $6.99 buffet. College of Charleston gals, I’m talking at you. On King Street, you’re sporting lots of denim cut-offs, which are cute… when they’re not two sizes too small. Believe me, you’re getting zero visual return on these if they don't flatter or fit. Think of it this way: remember Molly’s "Loathe" from yesterday? The cut-out suits? Those girls were 90 pounds. What if any old, everyday 125-pound chick was wearing that? That cute suit would turn offensive quick. Same thing with cut-offs. Things can get bumpy in a hot minute.
And I had to end with Mariah, because she’s the worst offender. Note that I didn’t include a photo of her in a skin tight, bust-aceous, side-slit gown because, well, haven’t we seen enough of those? Mariah is an example of a gal who has lots of assets (full cheeks, beautiful skin, big boobs, strong legs, curvy body), but who flat-out refuses to trot them out one or two at a time."
Ready to sound off on your loves and loathes for Grit's 12 Days? Let's do it.
Here's how to submit:
1. Send an email to Grit editor Ellen McGauley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put 12 Days in the subject line.
2. List one look you love and one you hate. Each should be accompanied by a) a quote about why b) a picture or two illustrating the look.
3. List the online source of any images submitted. We need to credit them correctly.
4. Include first name, general occupation, age, and the part of town in which you live. These will be listed with each submission used.
5. Do it before March 16!
We'll run as many as we can! The more colorful the commentary, the better. So go ahead, give us your Fashion Grit.