One of my plans for this blog is to have a more or less daily "what I'm wearing" photo option. Sounds grand, doesn't it? Having said that, since this morning I'm wearing my bright green American Apparel joggies with a vest that came free with Elle magazine, and a jumper from the witchery that never recovered from a collision with some sort of brown food group, that may not be the best plan. Oh, and I've rolled out of bed so I'm a four-eyed dork as well. But yesterday I was looking cute, I promise.
Instead, I'm going to turn to one of my favourite weekly moments in fashion: The Measure. The Measure appears in The Guardian magazine every Saturday, and it is constantly hilarious. It is also notoriously fickle. You would be mad to live your life by The Measure since you would be switching between skinny and straight leg jeans every 10 minutes. However, The Measure is deeply aware of this, and is therefore incredibly tongue in cheek. Anyway, here's this week's:
Ankle Boots Love 'em or (more likely) hate 'em, they are officially the footwear of the season
Me: Oh so heartily agree. Lil Sis got a grey pair in New York, and she looks fab in them, but they still sort of give me the creeps. Although the ones which are more boot than shoe are much more appealing. Topshop are doing a very cool brown pair with interesting strapping for 75 quid. Haven't yet invested in this trend.
Dr Harris Our favourite skincare for the chapping winter. The lip balm is the best in town
Me: Who? (Oh no, am I admitting my ignorance of Doc Harris too publicly?)
Frederic Fekkai One member of the Measure says" 'This stuff has saved my hair! Thanks Fred!'
Me: I'm rubbish at hair products, and hair in general. I will never have cool hair it has to be said. On a more measurely front, I've realised that lots of it is based around women patting themselves on the back and saying "me too!". Or being like, "you know nothing you London-dwelling myopic fashionistas!". I know I've done both.
Arrested Development Meant to mention this so very long ago. Catch the last series now on TV before it disappears forever.
Me: Ah, the lovely Measure girls do like their TV and literature as well. Not so myopic after all. I myself have never watched Arrested Development. I keep hearing good things, but since I always forget to keep the TV guide part of the newspaper, it is a challenge to know when to turn it on.
Izzo/In The End Jay-Z and Linkin Park. Should be so wrong, but is actually totally and utterly brilliant
Rupert Everett Adding our voice to the clamour, his autobiography is our kinda lit-er-a-ture
Me: I have no idea what is going on with the hyphenation there. See, I've been reading the Measure for years, and theycan still outfox me.
Un-eco friendly fashion Patent leather, rubber details, perspex - all over the place next season. Al Gore will not be pleased.
Me: The Guardian is known for being a lefty, green, sandal-wearing tree-hugging paper, with a regular ethical consumer column and regular features on how to have an eco-holiday. 89% of Guardian readers recycle, and 76% of Guardian readers just plain cycle. Ok, so I made those up, but you get the idea. This is a little nod to them.
Leggings with ankle boots Can you say, 'Fashion victim'? Can you say, 'Pigs' trotters'?
Me: Oooh, mean! Watch out for them in the Going Up in a few weeks time!
1990s fashion revival Oversized parkas, sweatshirts, smiley faces... Noel Gallager is not a style icon
Me: Me too! The first time I've been old enough to have gone through the original faze of something being "retro". I'm not sure I like it. Though I do want a parka - keep me warm on a cold evening, and being in fashion? Thank you. Although since my ideal would be one from The North Face it is definitely my practical side (it does exist!) shining through.
Diets Supersized clothes? Baggy tunics? Who cares if the models are thin - we're reaching for the Krispy Kremes!
Me: I'd just like to add on this point that(a)I adore Krispy Kremes and (b) the cover of The Guardian magazine was titled Super Thin Me: The Women Dying to be Skinny. At least for once the two are matching up.
Over-the-knee boots Designers, will you ever learn? Pretty Woman is, like Noel, not a style icon...
Me: ooooh, I did see a pair I liked though!!!
And there you have it - a breakdown of one of the more irreverant hit/miss columns published. I adore those sorts of columns and how they approach fashion. Silly, fun, and to be enjoyed.