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Stick to your Look. Don't be a chameleon. Strike a balance among multi-faceted fashion moods. If you love a little Talitha Getty louche boho but also have a penchant for ladylike looks, mix them artfully. Don't swing from hipster chic–all skinny jeans and rock n' roll hair–to supersleek and polished.
"There is something to be said about finding a look and sticking with it," says author and New York social figure Danielle Ganek. "There's really no need to keep buying another version of what you already own. Just change the accessories. That same black dress from three years ago will look much different with current shoes."
-Anamaria Wilson "Gucci or Gas? Recession-proof your wardrobe"
Bazaar, September 2008

First thoughts:
  1. Don't be a chameleon? Doesn't that seem like an incredibly unimaginative thing to advise people? What's wrong with dressing like a crazy hippie one day and a Jil Sander devotee the next? I think what they mean by this is that if you stick to one look then you won't have to split your money into two camps to get your favorite things of the season, but that just seems like such a random thing to advise people, non? (Also, a joke).
  2. The quote from the socialite or whatever is absolutely true, yes, but what exactly does it have anything to do with not being a chameleon? That just seems like a "don't buy anything you already have in the closet twice" rule. (Ok, this was random but I had to say it).

Carine sticks to short. black. tight.

Lou wears whatever she damn well pleases.

So is it really better to stick to a style uniform than to be a chameleon? I started thinking about women whose style I admire and what category they fall on. Carine Roitfeld sticks to her Carine-ness and she always looks amazing and original, but then again so does Dita von Teese and I imagine I'd get bored of dressing up like that every day. Lou Doillon and Kate Moss could be considered chameleons, as they can really go from tomboy to sexpot to glam goddesses without anyone batting an eyelash. And then I thought about how even when they change their style, they seem to always change their style within given parameters; so even though Lou changes her look often we would probably never see her rocking a Juicy tracksuit and some platform flit flops or ripping off Anna Winter's uniform of demure Prada dresses and high heels.

I'll take both, thankyouverymuch.

Where does that leave experimenting with new things though? If I've never ever liked or worn animal prints before and suddenly I come across an animal print piece that I love, should I leave it behind because it's not my style, or should I try it on and experiment in the hopes of broadening my sartorial horizons? I'll always vote for the latter, because it's just SO much more fun. Then again, I am a huge fan of having signature items in your style, but I think it makes sense if you think about it in the sense that if you are always experimenting with different looks, the signature items are what keep you being you; whether you are wearing Marni or YSL.


1234 said...

when i first read that quotation, it really sounded like it was telling people to dress with some consistency and linear style, but i agree with you about the whole 'splitting money' thing. i like style that changes like a chameleon, just not people who do!

editor said...

never read fashion magazines!
fashion is not about words anyway.
recession is tough topic and i guess this was their attempt to make fashion more palatable to people feeling the squeeze. i'd rather have a pair of socks than an issue of bazaar. that's how I deal with a recession. ;)
i struggle with my chameleon-like tendencies, only because i confuse myself with how i can switch allegiances and yet feel so committed to whatever it is that i'm in(to) at the moment. today i circled out of barneys' revolving door and nearly smacked into a gorgeous woman who was the perfect opposite of me, and we instinctively (and, i believe, good naturedly) sized one another up. i'd like to think she was as amused by my whimsy as i was taken with her sleekness. next week she might try something new and more colorful while i plot how to turn into an austere beauty with a tight bun.

Anonymous said...

when i read that first part about not being a chameleon my mouth wanted to yell, 'what!' but, i read the bottom and the quote did come from an article about how to recession proof your wardrobe. so if you're trying to be financially smart i guess sticking to one look would help because you wouldn't have to buy an entire outfit to pull off some entire different look, ya know?

i am definitely all for chameleonosity. i'm in that category. much funner to experiment than stick to one look!

Susie Bubble said...

I couldn't breathe if I had to stick to one look....it might work for some but for me, it's so restricting...

Enfievre said...

laia!!! yay for this post. carine and lou, two of my faves.

laia. said...

1234: I get the "consistency and linear style" thingamajig, but if that's what they meant, then this snippet was terribly written as the point is muddled in a whole bunch of quotations and "one liners" to make any sense.

editor: that's exactly the kind of stuff that is awesome. I mean, fashion is always changing changing changing and it would be terribly unwise to just sit aside and let everything pass you by.