Monday, April 14, 2014

How to fake style

I originally wrote this post for Thoroughly Modern, but I'm re-printing it here today because that seems like a Monday type-thing to do.

I feel like this should go without saying, but this advice is obviously for people who don't own this:

Cher, you lucky bitch. (via)
It's cool. I don't have it either.

So here's how normal people can fake style:

1. Button your shirt to the neck. It's the lazy-man's way to look like you like cool music and enjoy conversations about modern art.


2. Wear high-waisted anything. Actively not caring what high-waisted jeans do to your ass just makes it cooler.

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3. Always carry your purse in the crook of your arm and not somewhere pedestrian like your shoulder.

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4. Wear Ray-Bans. I'm too cheap so I wear the Target version, but one day I'd like to be hella cool like Rihanna. What's my name, bitch?

I'm aware this photo is lacking Rihanna. (via)
5. Dress like a child. Infantalizing yourself never goes out of style.

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Bonus tip: (this one is from Kate) Wear bracelets up to your elbow so your arm jangles every time you move like a cat that has to wear a bell around its neck so birds hear it coming (i.e. my cat).

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I do all of these things on the regular and it works out pretty well for me-- except, of course, for the occasional bouts of soul-crushing self-awareness when I realize I am nothing without fashion bloggers. But then the moment passes, and I go back to stacking my bracelets.
 
So, what's your favorite way to fake style? 

12 comments:

  1. The purse in the crook of your arm looks sooo much more fashionable when you have a cell phone in that hand texting while you walk and a starbucks cup in the other. Score.

    -Kate
    www.thelflorkens.com

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  2. Red lipstick and heels! You can't not feel stylish wearing red lipstick and heels. ;)

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  3. Love this! And I just may try these things. I need an "insta" style sort of thing because I don't have any sort of energy to actually be stylish. I need the fast-food of style.


    Also, something I learned from the French: you don't need a bunch of amazing outfits to be stylish. You just need one. And it is composed of: dark wash skinny jeans, a fabulous set of boots, a plain shirt (black or white), a beautiful scarf, and a high quality over-size bag. Change scarf to change outfit. Add a classic trench (black but you can maybe get away with red or beige). Et voila!

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  4. You know that I love you and Clueless so this is a perfect post for me. So glad that you are blogging again, boo!!

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  5. OMG, CLUELESS! I have always (and still want) a computer program like that--I guess now we have Pinterest? Love #3 :)

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  6. Haha--oh, naturally. The Starbucks and an iphone are a must.

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  7. This is true. Heels on a nice spring day is, I think, the key to every strut. I've also decided lipstick is going to be my thing this year, but I'm already not doing so hot.

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  8. YES. And simple style always comes off as more stylish to me anyway, because it's like you're not trying too hard. Sometimes when I get super trendy, I just feel... well, super trendy and not actually like I have my own original style going on. The outfit you described sounds adorable.

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  9. Thanks, my love! But now that you mention it, I think our relationship has definitely been suffering from a lack of watching Clueless together. Seriously, I don't think we've even watched it once. WTF?

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  10. Haha, true. I'm pretty sure someone could use Pinterest exclusively to learn how to become a successful adult! Or if for nothing else, to learn 50 different ways to tie your scarf. (P.S. with Clueless on Netflix, I might just have to have a weekly viewing party)

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  11. Get your boyfriend to lose a bet so that he has to buy you a pair of Ray Bans. That's how I earned mine almost three years ago.

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