Long ago on this blog was a post about dressing the French way, which was essentially positive – ideas which generally seem to work. They included:
No. 1: Blend.
No. 2: Softness.
No. 3: One item noticeable.
No. 4: One expensive classic.
No. 5: Flatter your body.
No. 6 Signature item.
No. 7: Less is more. Nothing blatant will do.
No. 8: Class. No piercing, tattoos or multiple earrings.
No. 9: Grooming.
No. 10: Little black dress.
No. 11: Perfectly tailored suit.
No. 12: Leather jacket.
No. 13: A well-cut trench coat.
Not sure about these though:
No. 14: Knee-high boots.
No. 15: Strappy black sandals.
Paula Joye, of The Age, has gone the negative route on what women should not be wearing. She does, however, quote Yves Saint Laurent whose sentiment echoes that of most men when it comes to women and clothes:
“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”
Amen. Here is her list of fashion non-nos:
1. High Waisted Jeans: That pouchy bit between the bottom of the zipper and the button… when you turn side on, it looks like you’ve strapped a denim hot dog around your waist.
2. Gladiator Sandals: These don’t make you look like Diane Kruger (Helen of Troy), they make you look like Russell Crowe.
3. Leggings: I always hear women talking about leggings and that they shouldn’t be worn as pants but those women are usually wearing leggings as pants. Here’s what we think: They don’t suit you. Not at the gym. Not at the shops. Not anywhere there are men.
4. Granny underwear: What? There is a reason it’s called GRANNY underwear.
5. Capri Pants/Pedal Pushers: You look like a deck hand from the First Fleet. What happened to the fabric on the bottom of your pants? Is that what they make scrunchies out of?
6. The Jersey/Geordie Shore Look: Tight mini skirt, fake hair, orange tan, spiders where your eyelashes should be… If you’re not wrapped around a pole and this describes what you’ve got on right now, then you look like you should be wrapped around a pole.
7. Dungarees/Overalls: Oh look! It’s a life size version of Jemima from Play School.
8. Our Stuff: My jeans, my shirt, my boxers – the person who told you that men like seeing women in their clothing was someone called Cosmopolitan. Give it back. It’s not sexy and, also, it’s mine.
9. Animal Print: This is to fabric what Christy Turlington is to supermodels – we don’t get it. I’m sure its beautiful but you look like the sofa at my Aunt Lisa’s house.
10. a) Cargo pants: I don’t understand why you think that green, army issue pants made to protect soldiers fighting in extreme locations for long periods of time would be flattering worn with a pair of high heels to a bar?
10 b) Harem Pants: I don’t understand why you think that pants made famous by a male 80s pop star with only one bad hit song would be flattering worn with high heels to a bar?
10 c) Poo Catcher Pants: I don’t understand why you think pants that start with the word ‘poo’ would be flattering worn with high heels at a bar?
I’d agree most with 2 but not with 1 and 3, which can look quite good if done right.