Love Hurts, but Fashion Kills

I saw David and Victoria Beckham at Sheetz today.

Well, not really.  They popped into my mind, though, when I saw this young couple there browsing through the touch screen menu.  I am fascinated by people like this. Or maybe I’m jealous.  I’m still trying to decide.

The Sheetz-Beckham’s were dressed to the nines–casual yet still uber-stylish.  The woman in particular was a study in fashion.  She had perfectly “casual” blonde locks, sleek pants and perfectly picked pink shoes, two or possibly three layers of god-knows-what on top, and, Lord help us all, a thumb ring.  The guy was wearing those purposely distressed pants with the giant belt (which apparently came back into fashion at some point while I was in the motherhood cave for the past ten years–I don’t know) and a button-up shirt.  Here’s the best part–they were wearing aviator sunglasses!  They matched, except hers were rose colored (there’s a joke there, I just know it, but I’m going to let it go.)  Now, even though they looked super hip in every other aspect, I have to say I’m not a big fan of aviators.  Only one person looks hot in them, and that’s Johnny Knoxville.  I don’t know why that is, I only know it is.

Aside from the minor sunglass faux pas, they were immaculate.  I couldn’t help but cringe as I stood there in Sheetz in my usual attire–jean shorts and my Pink Floyd tee shirt (black).   They even had that cool, casual attitude that I envy so much.  Meanwhile, Ian and I were juggling onion rings and I was trying to answer the cell phone and dig in my purse for money.  All I could think was, “Who the hell are these people?”  Obviously, they don’t have kids.   Or family.  Or a house to clean.  Or grass to cut.  Or normal bodily functions, like, say, sweat, which I now produce at a rate of two gallons per hour.  Fashion, to me at least, is a little more basic.


Remember this from Saturday Night Live?  While I don’t rock Mom Jeans yet, this is about the level of my fashion expertise.  I don’t wear makeup.  I don’t paint my nails.  My husband has more shoes than me.  Also, I sure as hell  don’t wear aviator sunglasses.  It’s not that I don’t want to look nice–believe me, I do.  I don’t get it, though.  I’m a fashion idiot.  Oh, I can sit back and criticize other people’s fashion all day long, but I don’t apply it to myself.  I try those nifty, trendy clothes, but I always feel like some kid playing dress-up.  For whatever reason, I’m stylistically crippled.  I love to look at beautiful clothes–on other people, of course.  I think those hot little shoes just look stupid on me.  Once, I decided that I was by-God gonna paint my toenails.  I did it, then I sat for about five minutes looking down at them, and finally I freaked out and cleaned it all back off again.  It looked absolutely ridiculous.  But I don’t think other people’s feet look ridiculous when they paint their nails.  My friend and her daughters paint their nails all kinds of cool colors like blue and funky pinks and purples, and I think they look great.  I’d look like an escapee from a mental institution.

I could blame motherhood on my issues, but anyone who knows me would know this is not the absolute truth.  I’ve been this way–jeans and tee-shirts, no makeup, no style–since I was old enough to pick my own clothing.  The only difference is now I have a lot of convenient excuses.  I turn up my nose and say things like, “I don’t have time to dress nicely.  It doesn’t fit in my lifestyle.  I bathe people and feed people and change diapers and garden and use a gas powered weed-eater and ride a four-wheeler.  I can’t do those things in heels.”  The truth is, though, I’m just too chickenshit to give it a shot.  I would love to have the confidence to stroll around with cool indifference in my hot, hip shoes and painted nails and a thumb ring.

You can keep the aviators, though. I guess fashion just isn’t for me.  I’ll just sit and criticize everyone else.  It’s a lot more fun.   I’m going to go watch “Jackass.”

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10 Comments on "Love Hurts, but Fashion Kills"

  1. Colleen
    12/07/2011 at 4:36 pm Permalink

    I too, think aviators are stupid in real life. I’ve only bought one pair in my life, and thank god, stepped on them the next day. But Tom Cruise’s aviators in Top Gun will always take my breath away.

  2. Janice
    12/07/2011 at 4:58 pm Permalink

    Hahahaha! I guess you’re right–I forgot about him. Maybe I should say anybody in this day and time. I guess in 1986 they were a lot cooler.

  3. Steph
    12/07/2011 at 10:21 pm Permalink

    When I see people like this, I always wonder “Who do you think you are?” and “Where do you think you are?”. They always seem to be trying a little too hard. But then again, I’d kill to look that put together! ::sigh:: Never ending battle.

    Thanks for linking up to Wonder Wednesday.

  4. Melissa Cleaver
    12/07/2011 at 11:00 pm Permalink

    I’m somewhere in the middle…I do own a thumb ring and fashionable clothes, but admit that I feel awkward sometimes while wearing them! Great post! 🙂

    Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I’m a follower and I hope you’ll stop by again soon! Have a great day! 🙂

  5. Shan
    13/07/2011 at 2:59 am Permalink

    Hi, I’m visiting from the Be-Bop-a-Hop.

    Umm, yeah. I don’t have kids, but I still dress like a “mommy.” I hardly ever wear makeup, and will heck-to-the-no ever wear heels, annnnd…my hair’s always in a ponytail. It’s because I’m pretty enough as it is, and don’t need to dress up. Yeah…

  6. Vickie
    13/07/2011 at 7:47 pm Permalink

    Thank you for stopping by and participating in the Get Wired Blog Hop. I am following you.

    Have a great evening!


  7. Frugal in WV
    13/07/2011 at 7:56 pm Permalink

    I agree with you about the glasses 🙂 I never seem to be able to get dressed up and wear make up any more, one of my two kids makes it nearly impossible! New follower from the wired wednesday hop, have a great evening!

  8. dosweatthesmallstuff
    15/07/2011 at 11:27 am Permalink

    Hi Janice,

    I’m quite into fashion, living in a metropolitan city and all, but even then, there are some things I stay away from–one being the aviator sunglasses. You are absolutely right! It’s such a hard look to pull, and I agree, Johny Knoxville managed to do that for some reason. Another one was Tom Cruise in Top Gun (but only in Top Gun lol)

    Believe me, if I am as busy as you, I would probably look even worse! You’re awesome, just for being who you are 🙂

  9. Zelma
    15/07/2011 at 1:43 pm Permalink

    Don’t feel bad, I used to be more stylish, but motherhood makes us more practical. The Beckams may have 4 kids, but they have an army of nannies, so it’s not the same. I have about 5 pairs of shoes TOTAL, only 3 pants that I wear regularly (black, gray, brown), and a handful of blouses that match those pants. That’s it. I should probably shop more. *cringe*

    New follower from Wonder Wednesday Blog Hop, better late than never!

    Zelma @ Zelma’s Workshop

  10. Addie
    18/07/2011 at 3:12 am Permalink

    Haha, I love the way you write.

    And I always see insanely stylish people whenever I am out and about, and I just feel like this tiny, dowdy person next to them. 😉

    The Cat Hag

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