(not so) random links

lots of stuff to share lately! it’s all too good to keep to myself. i really love the comments and discussions they foster here. thanks for piping up about how you feel about these bits and bobs of news, too, as i am consistently floored at your intelligence, wit, and willingness to participate in discussion. you, my dear readers, rock! and also, thanks for letting me know you like these kinds of posts, and for letting me know you find them interesting or get something out of them…i enjoy putting them together for you!

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burdastyle‘s fabulous co-creators nora abousteit and benedikta von karaisl share some inspirational restyling tips (from the adding of accents or mending those pesky seams and holes) that will assist you in sassing up your current wardrobe (from the ny daily news). i am all about the idea adding in of bright, spring-like colors to your wardrobe as a way to ease into the coming season. but really though, brights are always relevant, always welcome, always beautiful no matter the temperature.

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-more from the ny daily news: a little six question interview with a mood fabrics employee. apparently fashion designers stressed out because of fashion week are more annoying to work with than bridesmaids. color me unsurprised! haha!

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-can you believe it? polyester is back! (via the wall street journal) here’s my take: if they can call it microfiber and make it feel NOTHING like that spongy, oily, unbreatheable junk from the 70s, i *might* give it another go. but generally? i prefer the naturals: linen, cotton, wool. synthetics just can’t beat that traditional stuff sometimes! it lingers on for a reason.

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so, not only do fashion designers want their runway models skinnier and whiter than ever these days, they want them to be disposable beauties, “sacrificial virgin[s]”, knock-kneed, and so impossibly fresh-faced, it seems as if they just walked immediately from the school yard to the runway. they are then pitched after the end of a fashion season, never to be seen on a runway again. no one even knows their names. the driver? to get the freshest-faced girls one can obtain…it’s all about the fantasy of young, lithe girlhood. because, frankly, “saggy-breasted” women don’t sell clothes…to use older or even seasoned models is too much of a financial risk. (via the times online).

i know i bring this up a lot, but really, it’s kind of sick…western society is INCREDIBLY obsessed with the young, the perfect, the tall, the skinny, to the point of absurdity. any deviation from those strictures is considered disgusting and ugly by many, especially those who consider themselves to be arbiters of style and fashion trends. how have we gotten so far away from reality? is that just the way it is, not something to be argued with or questioned? is skinny, young and tall really what’s “best”? anyone else get the feeling these girls are somehow being used?

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-speaking of older women in fashion being irrelevant, i found out through the suburban queen that some young (and predictably ‘anonymous’) finnish bloggers think anyone over the age of 25 has no right to be speaking about style via this new media of blogging. makes me a.) wish i knew finnish, and b.) want to give those little ignoramuses a piece of my age-addled mind. personally? i think the older one gets, the more interesting their personal style has a chance to become. the years bring gifts like acceptance, confidence, wisdom, and life-experience…all of which can shape a beautiful, idiosyncratic wardrobe that expresses one’s fashion personality and inner soul to a tee. only age and time can deliver these blessings (though, surely, there are exceptions).

what do you think? do only the young have the right to speak on matters of fashion and style? does this 60s-esque adage ring true, “don’t trust any [fashionista] over 30?”

if that’s true, i better go put a down-payment on my coffin now… ๐Ÿ™‚

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-two (one, two) thought-provoking posts about the state of fashion blogging (and how she’s bored of it) at the moment, from julie of almost girl (she’s behind the blogging network cotorture). i can’t really relate to most of it because i most definitely still consider myself a fashion outsider (in a myriad of ways, including in the realm of fashion blogging), but i can see where she’s coming from, having observed the changes in fashion blogging over the past few years: freebees, press passes, and more are common and more frequent with more and more fashion bloggers. those who were once outsiders are now insiders. julie asks (and i paraphrase): have some fashion bloggers lost their critical eye as a result of these perks? has fashion blogging lost it’s soul? maybe, maybe not. but here’s my take (i always have one!): it’s never a bad idea to step up one’s game, to strive for greatness…and most certainly, it’s NEVER bad to shake up the status quo. i think it’s great she even brings the subject up. (via danielle’s recent post on final fashion)

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and oh, oh, oh!…the quick and diiiirty (just two!):

-just found a new, and quite lovely knitting blog, i like lemons. the photography over there is simple and stunning. this little ball pattern is *adorable*. i want to make some as toys for my future bebe.

-this doily racerback tank on craft chi is pretty pretty…and hey, it’s sort of similar to some clothing design/embellishment ideas i already had swimming around for such in my head for some time now. zeitgeist, ahoy! (via craft:)

28 comments

  1. M

    I am glad you brought up the over 25 fashionista comment. At first, I was angery then I was enlightened. It takes time to develop style, rise above trends, and alas sophistication. Advertising is working. The children believe what they are told and sooner than later they too will be over 25. It is the over 25 crowd now that must teach them that style lives on…Ms. Royal, you are doing a beautiful job of inspiring the world to dig deep into their own psyche and pull out what drives individuality. You are bringing uniqueness to a world of uniformity. Bravo!

    P.S. I can’t imagine getting tired of fashion in just two years. There is no “next big thing around the corner” and every innate person knows this fact. There are cycles and layers of inspiration from society, color, the world….It is a lifestyle not a blog.

  2. Ashe Mischief

    What a thoughtful post!

    As for the “No one over 25 should Fashion Blog”– I think it’s absurd! It’s as absurd as Wendy B’s linking to the article which calls Carrie Bradshaw a “Fashion Victim” because she’s 40 and fashionable. If anything, I find that the over 25 bloggers provide a much more enticing, thoughtful, entertaining and enjoyable fashion blogging experience (you, The Coveted, Wendy Brandes, all for example). These blogs are more likely to be intelligent, encourage individual style, focus on it, as opposed to shamelessly plugging images from fashion shows and saying, “I like this!”

    Which leads me to my second thought, about the path fashion blogs are taking. It seems that so many fashion blogs are providing the same: how to dress like a Gossip Girl, what pieces are great during (Insert City) Fashion Week, the latest acquisitions. While I don’t think that these are bad things, they kind of reiterate the shallow stereotype that fashion tends to get pushed in to. Rather, I love to see those bloggers who can make fashion their own, talk about what inspires them, share anecdotes. Maybe you have to be over 25 to hit it right? If so, I can’t wait for my birthday this July ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. tressie

    doncha just love the young? I like them in a white wine sauce with some steamed broccoli on the side……
    Fashion is temporary…..and that’s ok……Style however, takes time……now there are some youngsters that do have a sense of style and that means they are self-aware but not self-conscious…..that’s a big trick when you are under 30.
    Since I’ve been making my own clothes since I was 9, I have my own sense of style. I have never followed trends but a bit for the large general ones……ethnic clothes in the 60s, bells in the 70s, but then just as I turned 30, it became 100% me and only me…..Decayed Decadence of 100 years ago (or so) now it’s called Steampunk!
    and we used to call it Poor, or Weird…..now it’s called Vintage Clothes !!
    So, only a youngen would float such a narcissistic idea. Now, having said that……I see The 60s Spirit Alive Again…in the young….in the mixing and matching on the street…….any length you want, any shoes or boots you want, any top you want……put together for the thrill of color, shape and perspective…….and it is very interesting to see the Runways…..copying the street fashion……..rather than the other way around…….now if we could just get rid of Fast Fashion……
    and that “over 25” comment sure sounds a lot like “don’t trust anyone over 30″……..um, that some of us old school SF flower children did say……(yeek)
    So the youngens can’t even be original in generational mind control slogans????
    wink!
    and the resurgence of crafty in the last few years……far far beyond Mop Dolls…and chinese silk flowers……….
    is thanks to the young…..so that’s good……
    and etsy……is the new church bazzaar……(but in a good way)
    I’m so happy to have a generation that is so interested in finding their own mind…Ahhhh yes.

  4. pamela

    Thanks for you comments on fashion over 25. I love looking at your wardrobe_remixers group on flickr, but since nearly everyone who posts there is 30 or under, I’d feel supremely uncomfortable posting as an over 40. More and more frequently, I find myself despairing that a 40 something will be viewed as fashionable at all, no matter that she is a creative dresser. Also, not to criticize, but given the age demographic, there is a certain wardrobe_remixer “look”; as stylin’ as I sometimes manage to be, I’d still not fit in, even if I was bold enough to venture forth. I suppose someone has to be first penguin in the water, though. Who’s it gonna be? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. tricia

    pamela: screw the age “demographic” at wardrobe_remix. i certainly did not make any restrictions on that front, except on the lower end (wanting members to be above 16, i.e., no children or babies).

    the group is open to people of any age or style. in fact, i can think of several people who are over the age of 40 who post in the group regularly. you are not, by any means, “the first penguin in the water” there. some of your sisters (and brothers) have already paved the way and persist in posting. and the group is better for it.

    also, even if there’s a “look” it certainly does not mean that the group is restricted to only people who fit with that look…

    the idea is creativity…age is NOT an issue, at least from my perspective, and i think, last time i checked, that i have the last word on what goes over there. ๐Ÿ™‚ seriously, who CARES about age? that was my whole point in this post. i believe a bit of age on oneself makes for better style!

    so, post away. ๐Ÿ™‚ no excuses.

  6. Lady Smaggle

    Well that’s just bollocks. I never even notice that age of the people whose blogs I read. And 25? Since when is 25 a cutt off age? I’m turning 25 this year and it’s like my life is ending or something. I certainly don’t intend on stopping blogging at 25. Nor do I intend on giving a toss about the age of my blogging buddies. I actually don’t think age really influences peoples styles. Except that as you get older you develop more taste having made more fashion mistakes…

  7. mollie

    So the Mood employee Eric Sauma works 70 hours a week and makes $23,400 a year? That means he’s making $6.43 an hour. New York State minimum wage is $7.15. It seems from the photo caption that he might be part of a family-owned business. But still…

  8. tricia

    mollie: i noticed that as well…his salary was quite low! hopefully he gets some other sort of perks which make up for that, if indeed he’s part of the family that owns it. for instance, perhaps his rent is covered? we can only guess! either way, yes, it seems incredibly low for NYC!

  9. Jeanne

    I think now we’re not really talking about age, but about the different styles of fashion blogs: the “ooh! look! buy! shiny! buy! celebrities and press releases!” blogs and the blogs that take a closer look at the aesthetics, the inspirations, and the realistic applications of fashion. It looks like we’re putting the younger bloggers into one category and the older bloggers into the other, which I don’t think is 100% accurate. I’m under 25, and I really hope that I don’t sound like the first sort. I probably did when I first started blogging, but I’m growing and I’m learning, and so is the blog — it’s reading the second sort of blog that’s been helping me do so. I’m not interested in what new $5K+ bag is out or what so-and-so is wearing to what party; show me something to make for myself, artwork and photographs that inspire your style, your newest thrift find that could have come off a runway — I would rather read that.

    And I think it’s the “ooh! shiny! ooh! buy!” blog that can fatigue you as a writer — ever seen the Jezebel breakdowns of what adjectives Lucky keeps using? It would wear me down to have to continually think of new and exciting descriptions for black patent handbags, for example. Meanwhile, there’s Susie Bubble’s interview on IFBU: “Fashion is probably the one subject that I could think of a million things to write about and my problem is having too many post ideas and not enough time to write about them.” That’s the interesting part of fashion blogging to me — the ideas behind it all, not just the clothing itself.

    I prefer reading (and writing — but I need to work on it!) about discovery, inspiration, and creation, not just consumerism. I know that I can trust certain bloggers to always have something new and refreshing to say, and age doesn’t ever factor into it for me.

  10. sarah

    mmm this week is like delicious linkage overload! It’s SO indulgent, thank you!

    Something strikes me about this over-25 ridiculousness. (Cards on the table, I’m a smidgen past this expiration date.) Funny, though, I never even had the money to start considering and enjoying fashion until I was 23/24. I was too busy putting myself through college. Which makes me wonder what socioeconomic group these bloggers come from? Are these just spoiled kids?

    I don’t know their genders, but I will speak from mine. A woman’s body changes many times throughout her life. I can’t help but wonder, if you’re under 25, how well you even know your body, how many changes you’ve lived through? It seems to me that style and body are related, and I think that developing the former (WELL) also involves working with, accepting, and understanding the latter. Not that one can’t have style when one is young, but I find the mature style more interesting – it’s gone through more phases, seen more fads, survived changing hip and bust ratios … it’s like wine, you know? It has character. This blogging nonesense is ageism and it reflects most poorely on the foolish young things that espouse it.

  11. whimsicalnerd

    I think the age elitism is total bull. I am 21, and if anything I feel as if my insight and observations are less valid because I am so young. I love fashionistas older than 30 because they have managed to find a unique style that is theirs. I love seeing great outfits, no matter how old the person wearing them. And I would love to see more 40+ people at wardrobe_remix!

  12. middleagedteacher

    I will be 55 in less than two weeks, so I belong to the generation that sang, ‘Hope I die before I get old’. it’s always a slight shock to me that I’m actually my age. I thought it would be ages before I got old. Now it’s here I’m not going to give up & be invisible, which is how most women over 50 feel.

  13. fabulousfrock

    I love people who dare to sport individual style at any age, whether you’re an 8 year old wearing a princess costume to the grocery store or an 80 year old wearing a matching sequined fanny pack and baseball cap. To me it’s always been about the sheer joy of wearing what you like…shiny things, fluffy things, clothes that make me feel powerful or glamorous… I don’t care what age you are. I think I was 20 when I started being more conscious of style and wearing what I wanted and not just…generi-clothes. But I’m certainly not going to stop now that I hit 26…silly!

    I also think the skinny models are dumb. I always thought the most attractive “beauties” were in the first quarter of the 20th century…even in the 20s, the supposedly “skinny” decade, a lot of the girls in those photos have pretty healthy bodies. Edwardian-era beauties, well, corsets aside, they were still generally voluptuous and smiling. I’m not sure who decided that rail-thin, weird looking, often unsmiling models were the thing…

  14. Lotta

    Yup, it’s been really annoying reading those comments on some really great blogs. It has even cut down my reading of fashion blogs – why would I want to upset myself by immercing myself in a world that nasty? And it really is nasty in Finland, or in my view at least. Luckily, there still are some great Finnish fashion or style blogs that I do want to go back to.

    And to be quite honest, more often than not those teenage bloggers don’t even write about style or fashion, but about trends. You know, trends as the worst aspect of the fashion industry, something to get us buying more and more and looking all alike. Nothing personal, nothing durable, nothing interesting. Still, I guess being a teenager isn’t really that easy and you should understand some of it… but I still think they should learn how to behave. (Sounding like a little old lady at the age of 23, I am! :D)

  15. buttercup rocks

    I’m sure Isabella Blow, Coco Chanel and Diana Vreeland are positively spinning in their graves at the notion that only the young are qualified to talk about sartorial matters. Style is style, y’know?

    Pamela, I’m 2 weeks shy of 49 and I post on wardrobe_remix quite often, where I’ve been made to feel very welcome by some awesomely stylish individuals. As a size 22 this is the only style blog I read regularly that isn’t specifically geared towards the fuller-figured fashionista. I do so because, as well as being inspiring and colourful, it’s also truly egalitarian. The mainstream fashion industry has little interest in catering to fat women’s needs, therefore, if one has any interest at all in clothes, one is forced to look at things with a different eye; to become resourceful and inventive. That to me is the essence of true, individual style and it has nothing to do with age. Fashion blogs per se don’t interest me as I’m disinclined to hang around where I’m patently not wanted, whether it’s my age or my size that precludes me.

    Have to say, again from the chubster perspective, that the polyester thing made me laugh, (albeit in a bitter twisted kind of a way). Alas, if only it had ever gone away! I don’t care if the call it microfibre; nor do I care how honest-to-God-super-duper lightweight the 21st Century version of the Devil’s Own Fabric is รขโ‚ฌโ€œ It will never be anything other than an ugly, lazy standby of cheap jack manufacturers to me. Natural fabrics rule.

  16. Chloe Nightingale

    I hate hearing things like that about age and fashion (or knitting groups that don’t allow older people because they want to seem cool, etc.). Audrey Hepburn was, what, 30 when she did Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Katharine Hepburn and Jackie O are hugely popular for their style when they were much older than 25.

    I dress loads better now that I am over 25. It took me a while to find and settle into my own style.

  17. Hyena In Petticoats

    Thinking that young people have some dominion over style is clearly ridiculous.
    Young people may be hot on the trail of new *trends*, but I think true style comes with age and experience, just like you said.

    If you ever pioneer a style club for *old ladies* I’ll be signing up for sure….

    I also wanted to say that I have fallen guilty to the misspelling of your blog name/wardrobe_remix posts, and have made the necessary changes on my blog. Apologies! xxx

  18. maggii

    I have to admit the Model situation is starting to get to me these days….Now that I’m in my 40’s it IS a little disheartening to see these REALLY young models all over the place….especially in all the fashion mags…it really makes me feel that ‘fashion’ is not meant for ‘me’…even in the regular ads( make up, shampoos etc) the models are so young that I feel the product they are advertizing, must also…not be.. for ‘ me’…

  19. Elaine

    Ah bless …
    In my experience NOTHING enrages a certain type of young person than seeing a crinkly trespassing on THEIR world of whacky hairdoos, interesting clothing choices, piercings, tattoos et al.
    Unless it’s a less than svelte one.
    I claim bonus points for being both.
    If someone wants to parp on about ‘old’ ladies and their lack of fashion sense then that’s their prerogative (and blog space). I’m not going to feel excluded because – quite frankly – as long as it amuses/delights my eye, I couldn’t give a stuff what anyone else thinks of my ‘fashionableness’ or otherwise. And THAT is the thing that winds this kind of person up the most ๐Ÿ™‚

    E (aged 50)

  20. Elaine

    tsk … that should have been

    “In my experience NOTHING enrages a certain type of young person MORE than seeing …”

  21. WendyB

    The “no fashion bloggers over 30” complaint is kind of hilarious. If the opinions of the “elderly” bloggers so offend your teenage brain…um…don’t read them? I don’t know why some people are so upset by the actions of others, when said actions affect them in no way whatsoever. If you don’t like what someone’s reading or wearing, avert your eyes! Human nature is peculiar.

  22. valerie

    i think the opposite about style. to me a person is not truly aware until they are over twenty five. i’m just over 25 myself and i dont think i’ve barely started. i can only get better with age! they need to give themselves more credit, why limit yourself with such statements? my style icons tend to be much older than me. i think they have true insight and sense of self.

    only the fashion ignorant and immature could make such ridiculous comments. its so dumb in fact, it shouldn’t even draw so much discussion. these bloggers, whoever they may be are only going to get older themselves, hope they’re ready hang up their ‘style’ once they hit the ripe OLD age of 25.

  23. jani

    I have to say that the age thing does bother me, like in the Burda style article, they mentioned that their target audience is to age 40! Wow, we were doing recycled clothing and sewing our garments in the 1960s and 70’s…so that makes us in our 50’s! I remember sewing a denim skirt from some great old levis, and wearing it to school, and that was like in 1970.
    Hey, I do like being 53. With age comes a lot of good things too, like really knowing what is important in life, (people) and what is not (things.)
    good post Tricia.

  24. kayte

    i get really tired of the young=stylish thing. i think people’s style really starts to evolve as they get older and are less susceptible to trends. i know mine has.

    and talk about zeitgeist! i have a doily tank like that in my book. i guess the people have spoken and the people love doilies.

  25. Tara

    As a 25 year old, I think I’m just coming into my sense of personal style, which encompasses so much more than just fashion! I was a hoodie and jeans girl all through high school and college, due to my anti-consumerism tendencies and I’m just now learning how to sync my outside with my inside. I’m mostly just sad for the youth-obsessed youth…how will they handle their 25th birthday? or their 30th? Will they give up their passions because they’re “too old” or will they relentlessly lie about who they are? So sad!

  26. Casey

    FANTASTIC links as usual, Tricia!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sooo behind on my blog reading right now, but these are the perfect thing to get me back into the swing of things. hehe!

    I agree that fashion has gotten far too focused on the young, skinny and “perfect”. It really makes me sick. Because there is a whole other side to this besides the boring homogenity: low self esteem. Despite what the industry heads may say about promoting “real beauty”, blah, blah, blah; they really don’t. And there are tons of girls who are getting the wrong message, and harming themselves mentally and physically over this. Speaking from personal experience, the industry and the way society embraces this narrow-minded view of “acceptable beauty” is to blame.

    As for the age thing–since when do women over 25 have no right to talk ab out fashion?! Gee. That means I only have two years left before I become “too old”. lol. I honestly feel that I am only starting to dip my toes into the pool of possibilities! Not to mention that with age, you become more comfortable with expressing who you are through your wardrobe choices. Frankly, I am looking forward to the subsequent decades of my life and the exciting changes in my own style that they will bring! Obviously, these little nit-whits no absolutely nothing about fashion and that some of the most elegant women have been well over 25! lol.

  27. stereoke!

    I definitely think style is a product of fashion over time. Without time as a factor, style wouldn’t exist. I think it’s sort of like wisdom is to knowledge as style is to fashion. As one ages, they get more style as they figure out what works and how to roll with things.

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