I am NOT a fashion guru. I will admit that right up front. If you want actual fashion tips then you’re FAR better off heading to Fatshionista or some other amazingly written and up-to-the minute accurate discourse on the latest in fashion.
That being said, however, I DO love watching Project Runway and crafting my own sewing projects for costumes and such. And though I may not have a sparkling wardrobe of my own to rival the stars of Hollywood, I will admit that I LOVE to see what other people are wearing. After watching a few seasons of PR though, I must say that Fashion can be a very fickle and opinionated field of eye-blinkingly fast, subjective changes in taste that can just make me shake my head. So can I just say that I find it….let’s say.. bemusing and sadly disappointing… that one single outfit; which amounts to jeans with a long-sleeved shirt and sneakers, can be on BOTH the best and worst dressed list from the recent Music Awards?
YOU tell me what the difference is between:
In case you can’t actually GUESS who was the Worst or Best dressed; the man with the lovely smile (LL Cool J) was on the WORST dressed list. The other guy, Rob Drydek of the “why are you people taking my f-ing picture?” grimace, is on the BEST dressed list. Here, from the OMG Yahoo list’s captions are what they had to say:
Worst: The ladies still love LL Cool J, but they’d love him even more if he’d tried a little harder on the red carpet.
Best:“Rob & Big” star Rob Dyrdek kept it casual in a striped sweater and cute blue kicks.
Wait. Are you freaking SERIOUS? This is all just a really really late April fools joke on me, right? Or a bit of Swiftian “humor”? Hello! It is the SAME. Freaking. Outfit!!! Jeans. Sneakers. Long-sleeved shirt! Now I barely know one of these guys from the other, not being a big fan-girl type. They could both be the coolest or meanest people on the Earth. But you know what? At least LL Cool J had a fun smile on and his jeans looked clean with his button-down shirt! But wait, us “ladies” would like him if he tried a “little harder” to be on that red carpet. Yeah. Maybe he should have worn BLUE sneakers instead so he could be favorably described as “keeping it casual”. *eyeroll*
The point here, for this “Love your body as it IS” blog of mine, is as follows. If even high-powered men can’t get away from one day to the next with just being who they are, dressing as they wish and smiling happily in the lime-light, how can the rest of us?? If even THEY can’t do it; how the hell are those of us who AREN’T male, white (ooh…maybe THAT’s why LL’s outfit was a “worst”), in a position of heady fame and fortune and a part of the media’s crazy-making size-normalcy demographic supposed to get through this world without negative comments on our body and our fashion decisions?!
Although I guess those of us on the non-famous end of the spectrum have a bit of a leg-up on that point since we’re less likely to be bashed for our fashion or body in a national media forum due to our lack of fame. All of the derision we experience on the dark end of the lime-light is so much easier to bear, right? Being told that what you wear is unacceptable when it might be the same outfit as is worn and accepted by another person with a slightly different (but more ACCEPTABLE) appearance, is just something that bounces right off our non-famous backs, no? So, let’s hear it for non-fame for once, right? Right?! Yea. Right.