Good to the last drop
i saw a woman today wearing a very summery sundress. it had a fitted bodice and a sash belt of the same fabric over a full skirt. her hair was pulled back into a ponytail and she had on plastic thongs. not an uncommon sight. and since i am accustomed to this misinformed trend, i was unfazed by it. steadily we've moved away from thoroughly coordinated outfits. not since jackie have the shoes/hat/gloves/coat/manicure religiously been matched, and jackie herself embraced the change, her style evolving with the times and reflecting more independent fashion. fashion became independent of men, of gender roles, independent of profession, of alleged propriety, of economic brackets, and eventually, inevitably, the trend lead to fashion being independent of itself, with idiosyncratic outfits becoming the trend, until, of course, now that has become a predictable "look" canceling the independence of it all, i suppose. and the result is this woman i saw today, with incongruous parts, looking perfectly normal to me.
wardrobe departments are still in the business of maintaining fashion coherence, though they work on keeping an outfit fitting the character, not the outfit fully fitting itself, as we have lost most of the rules of getting dressed, the checklist of necessities. it's liberating to dress/shop/choose ... independently, but i do think some people are lumping the good with the bad. it's a bit of a cop-out to say "there are no rules to fashion so i can wear flipflops with everything."
yes, anyone can surely wear flipflops with anything they want to, and i wouldn't want it any other way but that doesn't change the fact that when they do, it's unfinished business. why bother to get half dressed? why forgo the right to actually choose a shoe and wear flipflops instead when another shoe would look so much better? i'm sorry - (but i'm not) - sometimes what looks good is not subjective, or at least, it isn't on this blog. ;) i'm not even really talking about something looking better, actually. i should clarify. i'm talking about finishing what was started. flipflops are a non-shoe.
i can think of a number of different options she had and they aren't about matching her dress, but about conveying some sort of aesthetic. as it was, i was left with nothing from her ensemble, other than to wonder if she had fled a burning building and had to evacuate in the flipflops she had on. the same thing happens when someone ditches their fashion choices in favor of a status bag. while it is possible that they sank their wardrobe $ into the purse and hence the jeans and flipflops... it still amounts to the same thing - copping out. okay, the good news is that this post isn't (or at least wasn't intended to be) a rant against the flipflop. it just illustrates something i will try not to do, which is to be noncommittal.
do you aim for pieces or for an outfit? are there parts you consider to be extraneous to your look, eg hair, accessories, *gulp* shoes?