Drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep is the prescription for beautiful skin (and sanity). Sunday, I came upon an article, Sleep Medication: Mothers Little Helper by Pamela Paul in the New York Times. This article tells the tale of the endemic population of mothers who find it impossible to sleep as they have so much to juggle in their day. Ms. Paul further reports that this growing population of sleep-dprived mothers is turning to drugs, from Xanax to Tylenol PM to help get some zz’s. I think about getting a good nights sleep almost every night before I go to bed as I have had a difficult time sleeping as far back as I can remember. In addition, I have plenty of female friends who also have trouble sleeping. But the difference between the women in the New York Times article and my friends and I is we do not have children. However, like the women in the article, drugs are involved. It seems that this epidemic is not limited to mothers but, as far as I can tell, it affects most of us as we worry more about our lives and the players involved in our lives. The expectation for women is high. We all work at satisfying our audience, whether it is a 2-year old or an accounts manager. We strive to be seen as competent and look for approval. We wake up at 3 am wondering if we said the right thing or made the right choice. Intellectually we understand it is nothing more than worry but that understanding does not enable us to have a good night’s sleep like a sleeping aid. I am in no way an advocate for drugs but I can express firsthand the misery of laying awake several nights in a row. I have tried several different remedies from homeopathic to pharmaceutical. The pharmaceuticals I keep in my fridge for an emergency and in between emergency’s I can offer this advice; try three bags of chamomile tea to one cup of hot water before you hit the Ambien. Try incorporating an evening Yoga practice into your routine before you gulp the Tylenol PM with a glass of wine. The last thing you need is a drug dependency problem over which to lose sleep.
This question comes to mind when I see a picture of myself from 1991. Black knit stirrup pants, ankle boots and boyfriend blazer with gigantic shoulder pads were the rage then. Everyone who followed fashion in 1991 had her own version of this prevalent look. However, when I look at the picture of this ensemble today the only thought running through my head is, “Egad, what was I thinking?!” In 2011 the relevant fashion fad is fairly similar to the one in 1991. Today’s black knit leggings, ankle boots and boyfriend cardigan (sans the Joan Crawford shoulder pads) are reminiscent of fashion 20 years ago. It is as important to be fashion relevant as it is to have an awareness of what looks right on you. There is a great saying, “Just because it is in doesn’t mean you should be in it.” It is always with hindsight that we see clearly, but how do we dress ourselves in a fashionable way without crossing the line of ridiculous? There is no finite answer as style transcends on a very individual basis. What I can do is give you guidelines on how to Trend Lightly.
Ankle Boots; If you have short legs don’t even think about wearing these in black with grey tights and a purple skirt. By wearing three different colors that cut you off at three different levels you have just made a shorter you. Instead wear your purple skirt with black tights and black knee boots. Save those ankle boots for wearing with your pants. However, if you have a long inseam the fashion world is your oyster.
Leggings; Leggings in vogue came from athletic garb becoming so popular in our daily lives. These form-fitting lycra tights were mostly seen at gyms but today we wear them everywhere. From grocery shopping to a night out, leggings have become a fashion staple. Unfortunately, depending on how we wear them they still can look like athletic wear. Make sure the top you pair with your leggings covers your backside. What you don’t know is the tighter the legging the thinner the fabric. Thusly, the fabric is thinnest at the largest part of your frame. Only a good friend will tell you when you are naked. Remember, under no circumstances should you wear white leggings. No explanation required.
Pattterned Tights; There are some very cute styles out there but choose wisely. Some patterns can distract from your lovely look by drawing attention to your busy legs. Keep the pattern simple.
Denim; How many pairs do you have? Are they boot-cut and low-rise or did you go all-the-way and get the high-waisted skinny jean? Think less about expanding your denim collection and more about other fabrics in other colors for your next pant purchase. Low-rise and boot-cut looks a little dated and a high-waisted skinny pant is a bad idea unless you have the figure to back it up. Instead of a high-waisted skinny jean try a slim cut cigarette pant that finishes a little below your natural waistline in brown, grey or black twill. If you are blessed with a jaw-dropping body you can walk the run-way in anything you like.
Boyfriend Jacket; Don’t do it! An oversized jacket only looks sloppy. Instead try a long easy cardigan. If it is a woven jacket you want, wear it tailored to fit.
“Know first who you are then adorn yourself accordingly” –Epictetus
It was never the point of this blog to sound off about politics. Like the First Amendment, I believe in a separation of style and state. My political opinions have nothing to do with my views on the latest skirt lengths. Further, fashion should not be dictated from Washington. Have you seen what is considered ‘fashionable’ at a political assembly? I think about this as I watch the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters walking through the streets with their picket signs. My thought is, “what if we dressed-up for the revolution?” If we showed up in slim pants, a boat-neck fitted top, a tailored-trench coat and a pair of kitten heels (this is a revolution, those 5” stilettos will only make it through the first half mile) would we be taken more seriously? Would our elected officials look at the protesters and see their voting public and then listen instead of shaking their heads at the mob of demonstrators and mutter the word, slackers, under their breadth? The best dressed revolutionaries just might be the Suffragettes (1900-1920). They demonstrated in the latest fashions of the time and the accomplishment of that fight was the passing of the right to vote for women, the Nineteenth Amendment.
What are you wearing to the revolution?