You know what drives me nuts?
What drives me crazy are articles that tell us, the dear readers, what we should stop wearing NOW or we will be in jeopardy of being (gasp!) unfashionable.
"Stop wearing rompers. Unless you are a child."
"Stop wearing cargo shorts. Unless you are fishing."
"Stop wearing golf shirts. Unless you are golfing."
"Stop wearing swimsuits. Unless you are swimming."
"No more low-waisted pants. We don't want to see you pulling them up every time you sit down."
"No more high-waisted pants. We don't want to see that much denim."
"No more no-waisted pants."
"No more pants!"
You know what we should do with these articles and list (besides stop reading them)? Write better lists that tell you why you should ignore said lists. I am sure that you have reasons why we should stop reading these lists. Write them in a list and post them. DO IT. (I'm bossy, yo)
Here are my 7 Reasons Why You Should Stop Reading What You Should Stop Wearing
1. You are a grown up.
You have access to a computer or smart phone and enough education to read such an article. Don't let some intern somewhere tell you what's acceptable for you to put on your own body.
2. You don't need to spend your money.
Fast fashion is a huge global problem, and these articles and lists are fueled by a new fashion society that comes out with new "must haves" every single week of the year. Don't spend your money on things you don't love.
3. You know what looks best on you.
I wear tight knit skirts and tees 75% of the time. Because I have learned that those look best on my body. I can't wear a lot of high-neck options, I don't look good in low-waisted jeans, I hate most shorts, flowy skirts hate me. I know this because I have tried them ON MY BODY and I don't care if someone says that tight knit skirts are over. They aren't over for me. And when they are, I'll make that decision.
4. Fashion cycles.
I had FOUR pairs of Doc Martens in high school (well, now you know how old I am--90s forever!) and they were amazing. But once I went to college, I decided that Doc Martens were out of fashion and I (deep breaths) gave them to the thrift store. Now I am not saying that I would have worn them for the last twenty years or that we should hold onto everything, but I am saying that I WISH I HAD THEM NOW. Vintage Docs, are you kidding me?
5. Comfort trumps fashion.
I am being dramatic, of course, but if I read ONE more article or Facebook post that says you shouldn't wear leggings, I am going to take my comfy legging-engulfed legs and kick those bad boys all over this city. High kick, high kick. Tight pants, anyone?
6. You're a decent, understanding human being.
Well, most of the time. You wear Uggs? Cool, so does my mom. I don't. WHO CARES? My mom owns (no lie) about twenty pairs of Uggs. She even wears them to church when it snows so she doesn't slip in the parking lot. When a new pair of Uggs comes out, she giddily tries them on in every color. She loves Uggs. All I can think of is the loud noise that those boots (and their copycats) make. But it doesn't bother me that my mom loves them. So, get over the fashion choices you don't like and pray that most people are as kind towards your fashion choices as you are to theirs.
7. We don't need more noise.
Ok, the irony does not escape me that I am writing more noise. But this fashion list nonsense comes out every season, every month, week, day, hour, whatever. Right after you saved up enough money to buy that peplum dress to wear to your Homecoming dance, you can read an article that says "Stop wearing peplum!" And those of you who don't even know what peplum is are wondering if you are also behind the fashion curve. Probably. Oh well. Block out this noise.
You can make your own fashion choices. You don't need someone's list. I believe in you! Go forward and do your fashion thang.