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.

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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.

ALICE + OLIVIA

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!

Confessions of a Tall Girl

Jennifer Lawrence is basically me in every photo I've ever taken: the awkward tall person.

Jennifer Lawrence is basically me in every photo I’ve ever taken: the awkward tall person.

I am tall. Not tall as in I’m-taller-than-most-guys kind of tall, but tall-enough-to-be-a-model kind of tall.

People assume there are benefits to being tall, and of course, there are: I can reach things on high shelves! No one is going to card me at the movie theater! I can easily find people in a crowd just by peering over everyones’ heads! HOORAY!

But for all you average-height or less-than-average height folks out there, please don’t fret. There is a cornucopia of problems that come with being a tall lady.

You know what I can’t do? Grow extra fabric for my shirts and pants so that they are long enough to cover my appendages. Half the time I run the risk of looking like I’m wearing clothes that shrank in the wash. #laundryfail? #ithinknot

While all you petites can hem your clothes, I am stuck with either a sporting a scandalous hemline or turning a dress into a shirt. sigh

Know what else I can’t do? Wear heels without getting stares, looking like a gazelle, or listening to people’s snarkastic comments.

Speaking of which, another thing I can’t do is meet anyone new without them proclaiming that I am tall. One woman actually said to me, “Did anyone tell you that you’re gloriously tall?” No, lady. In 20-ish years, YOU are of course the first person to notice that I am tall. I have been waiting my whole life to hear this, and I am SO glad somebody FINALLY acknowledged my body size.

It would be like somebody coming up to you and saying, “Did you know that you have feet?” Well, duh.

Also, “gloriously tall”? What does that mean? Glorious is how you describe a sunrise or what it’s like to climb a mountain or your wedding day. It is NOT how you describe height.

Yet another problem arises while driving for long periods of time. Your legs get cramped because the seat isn’t long enough to support your quad muscles. sigh again

Did I mention that people assume that being tall automatically makes you a great athlete? I have the stamina of a wilting flower. It also probably doesn’t help that (as one kid in 7th grade once said to me) I “have the reflexes of a dead cow.”

So, no. I did not play basketball, volleyball, or any kind of ball.

I am also not a model, I had a really difficult time finding these pants I’m wearing, but on the plus side, the weather is indeed quite lovely up here (although it’s occasionally dampened when I stupidly walk into a low-hanging light fixture).

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.