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October 9, 2007

Wardrobe Diaries: Style Swap

girl in white tshirt and jeans

Photo Credit: Perry Hagopian

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Michelle, Day 2
I try to go forward with a fresh attitude — I mean, it's jacket, jeans, and a T-shirt today — but I still want to hide behind other people. My ex asks me out for drinks, and when I'm almost out the door, I cheat: I ditch the prescribed boring black blazer and attempt to salvage J's so-over boot-cut jeans by cuffing them. I am going for a geek-chic crossed with a James Dean look. But I added some red lipstick to ensure that no one would actually mistake me for James Dean. I am again headed out to the Lower East Side, where everyone tries very hard to look like they don’t try hard ... so my look may actually fly.

Things I have learned thus far:
1. Over-the-top fashion requires simple hair for balance. The black clothes have inspired a “new hair” bug. Maybe bangs, or a cropped French bob? I immediately e-mail our deputy beauty director to recommend a good hairstylist for an edgy cut ASAP. I may or may not be delusional and desperate at this point.

2. Pencil skirts are restrictive! I verbally attack Julia throughout the day, telling her only crazy people glutting for punishment would wear them by choice! Or noncurvy people with flat stomachs and perfect posture.

3. I have a new appreciation for my industry. My fashion experiment has run concurrent with the new Resort collection previews and I am incredibly inspired and overwhelmingly excited about the clothes I have seen this week. It’s quite refreshing — normally, I’m not easily impressed.

4. Form-fitting clothing provokes many catcalls (even if it is a plain gray T-shirt). All boys like tight clothes. My worst nightmare.

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