Vogue’s Fit Fashion

So…I don’t totally agree with Vogue on this one…

I confess, I do own quite a few pairs of Lululemon leggings, as well as a few of their jackets.  But the truth therein is that my parents gave me a generous gift to the store, and my hunnie very generously tracked down a jacket for me.  I never really shopped there prior, despite that I always loved their lines, cuts, fabrics and styling.  The key reason?  I go to the gym and I kick my ass!  My clothes get beat up like no one’s business, and it’s more about the activities than wearing a perfect match. 

Quality does make a difference, absolutely – as an athlete, I keep fabrications in mind because I NEED the breathability, moisture-wicking, and stay-cool technology.

But

The truth of it is, you can buy great pieces for a good deal less…that don’t fall apart…and that look just as adorable.

Lulu, just one example, is one of those brands that I adore – I love nearly everything in the store!  But I also know many folks who can’t really afford their products…and they aren’t alone.  The pricing is definitely higher-end, “bridge” type – it’s more haute-fitness than not, and that’s okay.  But when you think about the heavy lifting (literally) and the sweat-soaking going on…you may not feel comfortable, or able, to drop $130 for a pair of leggings that Danskin has for $50 or less!  

I grew up as a dancer so I have drawers filled to the brim with Danskin, Capezio, Bloch, Body Wrappers, DanZworld, Dance America and Chrisanne.  The Ballroom brands can also get a little pricey, but the former few really aren’t.  Not to mention, these days you have ton more brands offering fashion-forward styles at a lower price point, including H&M, Forever 21, Champion…  Victoria’s Secret has some cute things nowadays as well, though, if you are fuller figured, keep in mind you may have a little trouble finding your size – many of their sportsbras aren’t offered in the size I need, and that does, admittedly, put me off a bit.  Support is also way more important to me than the look of the thing – I’d rather not be marching around in a bikini top anyway!

Vogue, over here, however, is touting adorable but pricier brands such as Sweaty Betty, along with sportsbras that are 85 pounds (seriously?!)…

And leggings that cost more than some Lulu’s (kind of alarming for workout gear…!)

I’m not saying they aren’t adorable.  They are.  But maybe Vogue (wrongly) assumes that everyone reading their publication(s) are okay to drop a relatively large sum on fitness apparel, or that they care so much more about the fashion aspect than the part about flying under the radar, lifting weights, and giving the treadmill a good solid run…?  

I don’t know, perhaps they feel they give showcase items people should to aspire to have, but I just feel it’s a bit over the top and pushy – there, I said it!  I was in Fashion for many moons – we do look to magazines like Vogue and Elle and Bazaar to feature the luxurious, the high end, even the absurd… But when you are sharing an article about fitness, add a few things that are achievable…?  I’d be more interested to read about new, more affordable brands myself, and I daresay it would have a much larger appeal (and advertising factor!)

Oh wait, they did include these Tron-inspired socks from H&M for only 7.99 Pounds a two-pair.  (Still, in my opinion, heftier than the performance wear you can get at a sports store, but better than the 85 pound bra…)

I mean, I get it when it comes to your footwear, or your lifting gloves – those are tools that you rely on to assist with your performance.  But apparel (unless you are swimming in Olympic trials and you need the aerodynamic edge) needn’t be as much as a big deal if you can’t afford for it to be.  

You don’t HAVE to spend a fortune to feel great at the gym.  Fashion doesn’t matter much to me personally when I’m there – I’m usually a shade of pink, purple, or red, and sweating so much I’m just in sweats and a sportsbra myself… BUT, I certainly understand that everyone is different and some folks like to put their best foot forward when they come in.  In that case, you do have plenty of options that won’t break the bank if you simply don’t have the extra to spend there.  Brands are really branching out, challenging their own fashion parameters – it’s really cool to see, and wonderful when you look at your receipt after leaving the store! 😉 

Ageism in Fashion

I was really excited to see this post because…Ohhhh, how true this is!  

I grew up during the reign of ladies like Christy Burlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valetta, Naomi Campbell, Paulina Porizkova, and Shalom Harlow – most of whom are in their mid to later 40s now.  At the time..they were all young and spritely, nary a wrinkle to be found (naturally no editor would have entertained THAT idea!)

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moviepilot.com

These days, those Fashion icons still look stunning…but they are no longer gracing covers, and haven’t for a long time.  Those who are anything older than teens, for crying out loud, seem to be airbrushed to oblivion – scarcely a realistic picture for the younger generations.  (I say younger because sometimes it isn’t as obvious to them just how much goes INTO creating a flawless image – no, your favorite celebrity did NOT show up to the shoot that way.  Once you have had any stretch of time in Fashion, you know just how MUCH is poured into the final images presented in your glossy.  *It’s A LOT.)

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smashcave.com

As the above article mentions, “It isn’t uncommon for models in their 20s to serve as spokeswomen for anti-aging creams…”  Having taken Marketing as one of my college double majors, I fully recognize the angle cosmetic companies are aiming to take in order to make their products enticing.  But at the end of the day, no topical will have the more dramatic effect a filler or other injectable might.  They might help, absolutely, but the immense fine-tuning that’s often presented (once again, thank you, airbrush) is not likely the outcome of dutiful application twice daily.  

Kristen McMenamy Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, 2010, vogue.com

Kristen McMenamy
Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, 2010, vogue.com

So in my own my…a 20 year-old posing for a wrinkle serum?  Doesn’t make sense.  Should we start our skincare early?  YES!  But is it entirely fair to have these ultra-smooth faces sell us our anti-aging products?  Not so sure…  We are certainly intelligent enough to make educated, adult decisions, but how about being presented with something a bit more REAL?

I’m happy to see that the conversation includes Runway as much as it does other aspects of Fashion as a whole.  Back in the day, touting youthfulness was the thing – I get it.  But it IS 2016.  I feel like society should have – yes, I said “should have” – matured beyond these parameters.  I don’t really proselytize – I don’t feel pushing my opinions onto others is the right thing to do.  I’m not shouting from rooftops that this is “an outrage!”  

But. . .what I AM saying is…it is important to represent the wider array of beauty that exists in the World.  It’s helpful, particularly in a time overrun by social media, enhancement apps (that double as Adobe!), and the “flawless,” Insta-presentation of our “best selves” at all times…that we SEE, and learn to APPRECIATE, aging.  If…let me say…for no other reason than we aren’t broadsided one morning looking in the mirror in our 30’s thinking “wait!  What are these!? This doesn’t happen!  All those ads for these products…those ladies are so young and fresh and line-free!”

I’d kind of like to know I’m not alone, and have beautiful ladies decades other than myself to look up to.  Comparing our older selves to teens – even if subconsciously as we pass the magazine stand – simply isn’t healthy.  Hallelujah that some aren’t afraid to out the topic!

Vogue’s 23 Best Looks From Paris Fashion Week – Video

I’m sharing this because it is totally worth doing so.

This well-put-together collection of video snippets highlighting “the best looks” from Paris Fashion Week is ADORABLE.  It’s fun, lighthearted, cheeky… I love how this was done, love seeing the models jam, and hope to see more of this from Vogue.com.

Just brilliant.

23 Best Looks from Paris Fashion Week.

Shoulder Show

So “Off The Shoulder” is a trend that can be absolutely gorgeous…but also a bit tricky.  

If you are busty at ALL, or simply have a difficult time with strapless bras (let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter how good it is, it’s hard to find one that you aren’t aware of all night!), having the absence of straps can be a distracting nuisance.  

Even with Ballroom costumes, I HAD to have some kind of support – it just wasn’t comfortable otherwise.  And I know you know what I mean about wanting desperately to tug at your apparel all night long, hoping you have a chance to run to the ladies room to adjust the undergarments!  ARG!

But…if you can find a support you feel comfortable – and secure in – off the shoulder tops are lovely – they can alter the “flavor” just about anything.  A skirt, a dress, trousers, shoulder-bearing tops lend an extra layer of “vibe,” whether bohemian and carefree, or elegant and refined.

The only other snag here is if you are broad-shouldered…which I am.  I have my days where my shoulder-span elicits the “do you workout?” and “are you a swimmer?”…and therefore my own clenched jaw.  But I’m thankful, darn it!  I can lug groceries on my shoulders like a linebacker! AND…and…in a Ballroom, or on the ice, my “wings” come in handy!

Personally, I think you should be proud NO MATTER how far your shoulders span…or don’t!  If you do have broad shoulders, it is fair to say this trend WILL highlight them. But…

In Fashion, we play with shapes… There are flattering cuts for ALL figures, ALL shapes, ALL sizes.  It simply depends on what you want to highlight.  

If you feel your shoulders are something you want to show off, this is a GREAT trend for you.  

If you’d like to lessen the width, try a ONE-shoulder drape. 

Keep in mind, if your shoulders are broad, and your waist tiny (I’m a little jealous here!), this will really give you an hourglass, triangular visual line.

Either way, you can show a bit of skin, and your neckline, and feel fabulously comfortable at the same time!  Brilliant.

 

Miss Dior Blush – Fall 2015

Thanks to ChicProfile for sharing info about the Fall 2015 Miss Dior Glowing Color Blush Palettes, because I haven’t seen these elsewhere as yet.

I’ve always loved Dior’s quality and colors, though the second of these shades – aptly called 002 – has me a wee bit confused.  

001 is an über-vibrant, candied pink (pink of varying bubblegum degrees, I should say – which WILL make for some vibrantly sweet cheeks…!)

oo2, however, is a “bronze” shade…but one I daresay will only work on incredibly fair skin.  Possibly as a highlighter for deeper complexions?  I’m not entirely sure – if it has some gleam to it, certainly (and it does say it has some shimmer.)

The pair was created as a limited edition to pay tribute “to the cult collection 1967 Miss Dior.”  They will be launching at Vogue Fashion’s Night Out in Russia on the 3rd of September.