Breaking News: People Don’t Like Girls Who Wear Abercrombie and Fitch Anymore

Today’s teenagers have realized something that my peers in high school failed to realize back in the mid-2000s: Abercrombie and Fitch is totally lame.

Earlier this month, The New Yorker published a lengthy discussion of how and why some stores aimed at teens are floundering. Analysts have actually tried to come up with reasons for A&F, American Eagle, and Aeropostale’s rapid decline in popularity. Apparently it’s because everybody I went to high school with was a conformist, while today’s teens care more about copying high fashion cheaply.

Abercrombie in particular shot itself in the foot in the late 2000s when it marketed itself as a “luxury” and “exclusionary” brand (The New Yorker‘s words, not mine. I never thought of the moose logo as being somehow exclusionary. I just saw it as a representation of a store that doused its clothing in cologne and made you rifle through its merchandise in the dark. I was, however, quite the fan of American Eagle.).

This attitude started working against Abercrombie during the recession, around 2008. That’s when [analyst Steph] Wissink started noticing fewer Abercrombie logos in the schools she visited; people (young, old, fat, skinny) could no longer afford Abercrombie’s prices for T-shirts and hoodies. Around this the time, H&M and Forever 21 started to thrive by selling super-cheap, accessible runway knockoffs. The economy has recovered since then, but the turn toward “fast fashion” proved durable.

Over the past few years, I realized I didn’t see as many people wearing stuff with the moose, eagle, or seagull logo on them, but I attributed that to the fact that I am now an old person who doesn’t hang out with kids who are still running around with learner’s permits. Little did I know that these young kids have wised up and are swapping out their popped collars and lace-trimmed camis for cropped skinny jeans and whimsical button-downs.

This observation from Wissink also stuck out to me:

Ten years ago, I could walk into an auditorium of two hundred kids, I could turn my back and tell them to switch seats and scramble.” Then, she said, she would turn around and guess which kids belonged to the same social groups according to what they were wearing—usually with great success. “Today,” she said, “it’s next to impossible.”

Today’s teens use Instagram, Twitter, and blogs to express their personalities, their views on the world, and their likes and dislikes. It makes sense that they want their clothing to be another vehicle of self-expression. They don’t want to all send the same message as everybody else in their class.

The tail-end of the Millennial generation may be selfie-obsessed, but we should at least give them a little bit of credit for being more creative with their clothing than we were.

More Favorite Looks from the Second Half of NYFW

As promised, here are some of the outfits I loved from the latter half of New York Fashion Week. Let me know what you loved in the comments!

Just as before, all original, individual model photos are from New York Magazine, but PicJoinder’ed by me.

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CAROLINA HERRERA

Remember how I said that everybody needed to go home after the knockout Christian Siriano show? Well, Carolina Herrera came back with a stellar vengeance. This collection is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite S/S 2015 collection. The white floral gowns are to die for.

The best dress that graced us with its presence during S/S 2015 New York Fashion Week:

This breathtaking gown truly is a crazy beautiful work of art. I can’t even begin to understand how CH was able to piece together what looks like abstract pieces of thick paper onto tulle.

(L to R) JILL STUART, BADGLEY MISCHKA, BADGLEY MISCHKA 

J. MENDEL

JENNY PACKHAM

MICHAEL KORS

DO YOU SEE THOSE LONG HEMLINES?! This is a tall girl’s dream come true! Continue reading

Favorite Looks from the First Half of NYFW

As of Sunday, so many beautiful ensembles had made their way down the runway at New York Fashion Week that I decided it was already time to make a “favorite looks” post. I selected my favorite outfits from Christian Siriano, Monique Lhuillier, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Prabal Gurung, DVF, Rebecca Minkoff, Alexander Wang, and more (see, I told you it was a lot!). The rest of my favorites will show up this weekend.

All original, individual model photos are from New York Magazine (but if it’s any consolation, I did divide and Picstitch them together myself!).


(L to R) ALEXANDER WANG, ALEXANDER WANG, DEREK LAM

BCBGMAXAZRIA

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

All of it. I want all of it. I need all of it. I MUST HAVE ALL OF IT. <swoon>

<faints> Christian Siriano wins NYFW. Everybody else can just go home.

KATE SPADE

JASON WU

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Oh, the gingham outfit is positively precious, and the model is gorgeous.

(L to R) ESCADA, LACOSTE, M MISSONI, M MISSONI

MONIQUE LHUILLIER

REBECCA MINKOFF

THAKOON

Does the name sound familiar? It should. Thakoon designed Emma Stone’s effortlessly flawless pink gown for this year’s Met Ball.

PRABAL GURUNG

I had high hopes for Prabal Gurung. Unfortuately, for the most part, I was disappointed.


What do you think of my picks? Love them? Hate them? Have your own suggestions? Comment down below!

Behind the Catwalk: NYFW S/S 2015

One of the coolest things about Instagram is that it’s become a place for designers, models, celebrities, and bloggers to post photos from behind the scenes at fashion shows. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite looks and behind the curtain snapshots from New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2015 looks.

A quick artist rendering of the looks at Nicole Miller's show.

A quick artist rendering of the looks at Nicole Miller’s show. c/o @NicoleMillerNYC

Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook shared her photo from Monique Llhuillier's show. c/o @wendyslookbook

Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook shared her photo from Monique Llhuillier’s show. c/o @wendyslookbook

Making last minute decisions the night before the Prabal Gurung show. c/o @PrabalGurung

Making last minute decisions the night before the Prabal Gurung show. c/o @PrabalGurung

San Francisco-based fashion blogger asked her followers to help her pick which Kate Spade dress she should choose to wear to the designer's show (everybody loved the gold dress). c/o @JuliaHengel

San Francisco-based fashion blogger Julia Hengel asked her followers to help her pick which Kate Spade dress she should wear to the designer’s show (everybody loved the gold dress). c/o @JuliaHengel

Back of RTW BCBG Max Azria dress. c/o @bcbgmaxacria

Back of RTW BCBG Max Azria dress. c/o @bcbgmaxazria

Monique Llhuillier posted this photo with the caption "Takes a village to dress a model." c/o @MoniqueLhuillier

Monique Lhuillier posted this photo with the caption “Takes a village to dress a model.” c/o @MoniqueLhuillier

All of the looks from Christian Siriano's are packed up and ready to head to the show's venue. c/o @ChristianSiriano

All the outfits by Christian Siriano are packed up and ready to head to the show’s venue. c/o @CSiriano

A rack of clothes ready to be displayed at Zac Posen's press presentations. c/o @Zac_Posen

A rack of clothes ready to be displayed at Zac Posen’s press presentations. c/o @Zac_Posen

Monique Llhuillier's team created a giant seating chart for the audience. c/o @MoniqueLlhuillier

Monique Lhuillier’s team created a giant seating chart for the audience. c/o @MoniqueLhuillier

More photos from Fashion Week – including my favorite looks – to come!

Delayed Reactions: Best Dressed at the 2014 Emmy Awards

So, this post comes a week late. I’ve been so exhausted after work lately that I’ve been rather lax when it comes to this blog. But better late than never. Here are my 12 favorite looks from this year’s awards, along with my snarky observations and useless knowledge.

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CLAIRE DANES in GIVENCHY (via Hollywood Life),
KERRY WASHINGTON in head-to-toe PRADA (via Hollywood Life),
JANUARY JONES in PRABAL GURUNG (via Buzzfeed)

For some reason, I always get January Jones and Claire Danes confused, and now their red dresses have only made me double-take even more. I love both dresses, but Claire wins in a fashion-face off, mainly because of her fabulous hair (January, what in the world are your bangs doing?! They look like straw).

I was a bit on the fence about Kerry Washington’s ensemble. I love the Olivia-Pope-approved nod to Prada, but the silver sparkles on the dress make it look like something a pre-teen beauty pageant contestant would wear. However, I soon hopped off the fence because I think the random black panel is beautifully edgy, and Kerry’s hair and makeup are divine.

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NATALIE DORMER in J. MENDEL (via Buzzfeed)
TEYONAH PARRIS in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed),
SARAH HYLAND in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed)

Look at all the fun color blocking! Also, nobody is more shocked than me that Sarah Hyland ended up on my best dressed list. She looks like a complete fashion trainwreck on Instagram, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how chic she looked on the red carpet.

Teyonah Parris (a.k.a. Dawn, Don Draper’s secretary on “Mad Men”) looks fabulous in this neon dress, and her whole look is so drastically different than her 60’s style on the show that I didn’t even recognize her at first!

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KIERNAN SHIPKA in ANTONIO BERARDI (via Buzzfeed),
KATE WALSH in STEPHANE ROLLAND COUTURE (via Hollywood Life),
MICHELLE DOCKERY in ROSIE ASSOULIN (via Yahoo!)

Some of the more unique looks on the carpet. Kiernan Shipka is one of my fashion icons – and she’s only 15 years old! She is so poised and fashion-forward, and despite starring on a show like “Mad Men” for so many years, she seems to be so grounded (in other words, the complete opposite of somebody like Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan). #GirlCrush

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LIZZY CAPLAN in DONNA KARAN ATELIER (via Yahoo!)
MELISSA McCARTHY in (via Buzzfeed)
LENA HEADEY in RUBIN SINGER (via Buzzfeed)

Janice Ian from “Mean Girls” sure does clean up nice! Lizzy Caplan’s dress was probably my second favorite look of the night (after Kiernan Shipka’s). The white train was an awesome touch. Also, this is the best Melissa McCarthy has ever looked. This gothic-looking ball gown is too pretty!

Anthropologie Shopping Haul

After the bar exam was over, there was only thing that I wanted to do: go shopping. So, on Friday afternoon, I made a bee-line for the mall and basically bought ALL the things from Anthropologie that I’ve been lusting after for years (and a few extra things that I bought spur of the moment; I think I had temporarily gone crazy). Whoever thinks that retail therapy isn’t a real thing clearly isn’t shopping at the right places.

All of these items – except for one of the candles – will be accompanying me to my new apartment in a couple weeks. So, I felt rather justified in making these arguably “big girl” purchases.

Here’s all my loot!

While Anthro has quite the selection of unique clothing, I’ve always been drawn to their “house & home” section. Their plates, mugs, candles, and lotions are lovely.

< White Lotus Salad Plate >     < Sissinghurst Castle Salad Plate >

< Vanilla & Fig Candle >     < Barr-Co. Fine Shea Butter Lotion >

This candle by Boulangerie smells absolutely divine. I’m usually not much of a candle person, but this is one of the few Anthropologie splurges I’ve gone for before, and it’s always been worth it.

As for the lotion, every time I went in the store in the past, I always made sure to get a little sample of it. I was super excited to finally purchase my own bottle for the first time.

Both the candle and the lotion are available exclusively at Anthropologie.

< Giraffe Trinket Dish >

This is one of those spur-of-the-moment purchases. I recently realized I needed some sort of jewelry box or dish, but I wanted something slightly unique and dainty. When I spotted this little giraffe dish, I debated whether it was truly practical. I gave in because I love giraffes because they are awkward and tall like me (really solid reasoning, I know). The midi rings, by the way, are older ones that I snagged from Francesca’s earlier this year.

< Voluspa Mokara Candle >

The label says that this candle is made of coconut wax, but it smells more like white gardenias. I bought this candle for my mom, who loves the smell of those flowers.

Do you shop at Anthropologie? What are some of your favorite items from there?

5 More TV Characters’ Wardrobes I’d Like to Raid

As you may recall, I wrote a post a few months ago with a list of five of my favorite TV character’s wardrobes. Well, there are just so many fashionistas on television that I decided I needed to create another post. Here are some fictional ladies, in no particular order, who I wouldn’t mind going shopping with.

Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars)

I will be the first to admit that when I randomly ran across an episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” I thought Spencer was one of the moms on the show. I mean, out of the four main characters, she looks least like a teenager. That being said, I am now a full-fledged PLL fan, and I think Spencer does have a rather spectacular wardrobe. I love the random animal prints on her outfits, and her cute cardigans. She’s like a walking Anthropologie ad.

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

You cannot talk about “Scandal” without talking about Olivia Pope’s clothes. She is the master of wearing gray, black, and white. Her wardrobe is filled with Prada handbags, Gucci coats, and Dolce & Gabbana blouses. The beauty of Olivia’s wardrobe is that it is stylish, but still practical. She wears outfits that any girl could wear to work.

Lydia Martin (Teen Wolf)

I had to a do little research in order to figure out Lydia’s last name. I swear it’s never been mentioned on the show itself. In any case, Lydia wears the cutest floral dresses and quirky button downs, but always pairs them with something a little edgy – like a leather jacket or skirt.

Donna Paulson (Suits)

Donna is easily my favorite character on “Suits.” She’s sassy, she’s smart, she’s the best legal secretary you could ask for, and she’s so very stylish. Her gorgeous red hair is always curled to perfection, and her dresses are the epitome of both class and chic. Not gonna lie: in a competition between her and Rachel (who was on my previous TV character wardrobe list), Donna wins hands down.

Mellie Grant (Scandal)

Pretty much all the women on “Scandal” are immaculately dressed. First Lady Mellie Grant can often be rather evil, but her wardrobe is so sweet and dainty. She’s never without a strand of pearls, and she rocks color-coordinated cardigans and fit-and-flare dresses like nobody’s business. Plus, her beautiful hair adds an extra presidential touch.