28 December 2007
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26 December 2007
Just Plain Ugly
There are some things that I just cannot bring myself to wear in public because they have been deemed just plain ugly.
Glitter on clothes, glitter on shoes, glitter on the body = tacky, tackier and tackiest. OK, there was that one time at a party where I may have tried some body glitter. But it was just that once and everyone was doing it! I swear I won't let it happen again!
Do I really need to explain to you that the saggy crotch diaper look is just not attractive? And while I understand the practicality of wearing stirrup pants with boot so the legs don't ride up, there is just no excuse for the stirrups with heels look. The only pass on this one is if you are actually riding a horse.
I just don't like open backed shoes. I don't know what it is about them, but you'll never catch me in a mule or a clog or a sling-back. I guess sandals are the exception to the rule, but even then only if they are flat and it's still a rarity. And don't even get me started on wearing Crocs in public!
Never Go Back
There are a few things that fall into this list not because I think they are unwearable, but because I’ve already worn them - in the 80’s, the first time around. I know fashion is cyclical and all things eventually come back into style but I also think one of the hard and fast rules of fashion is that you should not revisit styles you wore the first time around. I’ll leave the new 80’s inspired fashions to the youngsters.
Certainly not the worst offender on the list, bubble hems can be cute in moderation. However, I distinctly remember the bubble hem skirt I was sporting in the 7th grade while wearing my walkman and listening to my Madonna "True Blue" cassette.
Shoes, bracelets, whatever - they're just a big fat no for me. They can work on younger girls, certainly, but since I can still picture the arm full of jelly bracelets (they were black with neon splatter paint!) I proudly wore while listening to the aforementioned Madonna cassette they are automatically disqualified.
Again, not the worst thing in the world. I've seen photos of Scandinavian hipsters pulling them off with aplomb. It just comes back to that "never go back" rule. Of course mine had a drop yoke waist with pleats in the front and I tight rolled the legs at the bottom. And no, there are no pictures!
Too Damn Hip
I think one of the best rules to looking effortlessly chic is never looking like you’re trying to hard. To me, these things scream "Hey look at me!Look at me!"
The Head Band
Nothing screams look at me like the hipster headband. It is a completely excessive display of hipness. Hip-overdrive if you will.
I'm holding American Apparel solely responsible for this one. Sometimes I walk into that store and I'm practically blinded by the glow of greasy hipsters in shiny lamé. It doesn't matter in what form it comes. Skirt, dress, tights, jacket - it's all just too much!
This is a tough one. I'm oddly attracted to both of the pieces pictured here and yet I know I would never actually walk out of the house wearing them. They're just too loud. I'm more of a subtle kind of girl.
So - what are your fashion no-no's? What would you never be caught dead in?
21 December 2007
1. What’s the story behind the name of your blog and your nickname?
The name Sally Jane comes from a childhood nickname. My Dad called me nothing but Sally Jane for years when I was young. As a kid, I always had my nose in a book and would read anything I could get my hands on including the old primary school readers stacked on the shelves at my grandparent’s house. You know the ones – all about Sally, Dick and Jane. “Run, Sally, run! See Sally run!” Like I said, I’d read just about anything. I suppose I was lucky no one was calling me Dick. As for the “vintage” part, I’ve always had an affinity for all things vintage: clothes, shoes, books, housewares, linens, you name it.
2. Why did you start blogging in the first place?
I started this blog at the same time I started my online store. It began as a way for me to spread the word about my store and as a way to track my progress in my mission to start my own business. Little did I know when I began blogging there is a whole world of like-minded bloggers out there - a virtual subculture if you will. It has been a very pleasant surprise to find so much support and encouragement from other female fashion bloggers. It also serves as a platform to expand on the posts I was doing in the Wardrobe Remix Flickr group. I enjoyed getting peeks into other people’s closets and thought it was fun to join in.
3. What has been your best blogging related experience? What about the worst?
The best part about blogging has been “meeting” other bloggers from around the world. It truly amazes me that I can post a photo from my desk in LA and someone in São Paulo or Olso or London can see it within seconds. I’ve been fortunate so far to have only positive experiences. I know there are people out there that like to post rude comments or say derogatory things, but so far I’ve been able to avoid that.
4. What do you think will happen to your blog in 2008?
I’m going to have lots of changes in my life beginning in 2008 (more on that later) so it will be interesting to see where it all goes. Right now, with the limited time I have, I’ve been mostly posting photos. I would like to be able to write more and include more original content. Certainly there will be many more posts about the store as I work to expand it as well as more thrifting adventures and glimpses into my closet.