Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Anti Fashion Resolutions

I am an avid reader and consumer of fashion print magazines but every so often I get a slap in the face to remind me of the reality that, despite being a fashion mag lover, the relationship is very much unreciprocated.  Sometimes there are articles I read in which I find the editorial tone so grating that I swear I am never going to buy said publication again.

This month the offending publication is the January edition of UK Vogue and the article in question is the "I Swear To..." which demands we heed the following "fail-safe fashion fixes" as "resolutions worth sticking to".

I don't make New Years Resolutions and if I did I wouldn't disclose them for fear of jinxing them but I'm quite happy to make some anti-fashion resolutions in the face of being preached to by a publication so colossally out of touch with their readers.  I'm usually a mild mannered soul but, for reasons I shall shortly disclose, the following pages put me into such a grumpy mood I decided to practice using Photoshop and virtually cut them up to pour scorn over them.

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
Unless you are a waif, (I know it's hard to imagine outside Planet Fashion but people larger than size zero do exist), wearing big thick horizontal stripes around the body will certainly make even those on the slender side look like they have the turning circle of the good ship Queen Mary.  No sails required.

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
Camel as a colour on me is bad enough and it has been tiresome to endure an entire season of editors crowing over it as the new black, but camel accessorised with acid orange and green?  That's three colours that look awful on me all together!  I am struggling to imagine how this could look good or who it would look good on.

"Gings" ryhmes with rings, geddit? Image: January edition of Vogue UK
This is about the third year in a row that I can remember the likes of Vogue campaigning to kill off leggings.  Leggings still have their own clothing category on Net-a-Porter and Topshop which is an indication to me of their staying power.  You know why the campaign hasn't worked yet?  Because, at least in the UK where it's freezing in winter and summers are highly likely to be washed out, it's the best way that we can enjoy wearing our under utilised dress collections all year round.

My leggings are staying right where they are - on my legs.  They're a much cheaper and warmer option to work into an outfit than these designer ring suggestions which ring in at (pun intended) £1400, £4800, and £5899 respectively.  I'll take ten.  Are all Vogue's journalists trustafarians by any chance?

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
I'm sure a wrapover braid looks sweet if you look about fourteen years old like these models (heck they probably are fourteen!).  But which way is the zeitgeist wind really blowing?  I disagree that ballerina buns are over and predict a huge year for all things ballerina with the furore in the press surrounding the ballet movie Black Swan and its costumes designed by Rodarte.  The film is already being quoted as fueling ballet inspired catwalks looks for Spring 2011 from no less than Chanel and McQueen

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
Pardon me for being a sewing pedant but if these are not full skirts than what are?  And I'm sorry but no self respecting flamenco artiste would be caught dead dancing in these "trajes de flamenca" whether they were designed by YSL/Marc Jacobs or not, and yes I speak as a qualified expert.  Really Vogue, showing off an A-level in Spanish is not an excuse for your interns to do poor research before slapping a flamenco label onto every frilly, full skirted ensemble that comes down the catwalk.

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
Hmm... Spring equals flowers and foliage.  My, how original.

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
This was the only suggestion I perked up at, slinky maxi skirts in bright colours with a white tee.  Even though I'm too short to work this look I found it a refreshing, colourful take on minimalism.  But I remain seriously disturbed at the size and shape of the models in this photo.  So much for Vogue turning away from the size zero trend and embracing the new ideal of womanly curves.  I hope for the models' sake that the photo was stretched in Photoshop (because I certainly haven't stretched it) and that they are not actually that scarily thin.

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
And perfect for those who never have to set a foot in an office.  Is there some kind of double sided sticky tape sold with it so that the strap doesn't fall down around your ankles after you walk in it for a minute?

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
As a woman who has always worked for her own money and paid for her own dry cleaning bills my eyes nearly popped off the end of their stalks when I read this frankly ludicrous statement.  Have decades of fighting for equal opportunities for women come to nought? Is Vogue still just a publication aimed at wealthy ladies who lunch?  I shall iron my own shirts thank you very much!

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
It's that patronising tone in the "old folks' favourites" that's the key here.  As if twin sets are a sign of ageing and the fashionable are so clever to be robbing from the old biddies again.  It's meant to be ironic don't you see?  Twin sets never did very much for me but this twin set in a brown and white diamond golfing knitwear design combined with acid green lace does even less.

Add captionImage: January edition of Vogue UK
So good in theory.  So disappointing in execution.  To add insult to injury, given that it is a piece by Fendi you will have to sell your first born in order to purchase it.

Image: January edition of Vogue UK
Oh really? Which woman in their right mind out there really believes this? Any takers out there?

Fashion theory misses the real life train again.  The only person I can imagine could carry this look off without any fear of being labelled a tramp is the sartorially untouchable Anna Dello Russo who will go from posh flat to taxi to fashion show, be photographed by several hundred bloggers, and return to posh flat in taxi.  No dealing with the non fashion public required.

The rest of us will no doubt have to continue covering up our black bras, wearing something more substantial under a sheer white top and keep both items mutually exclusive in our outfits.  This does not strike me as a look for the ordinary fashion lover who has to lead a normal life.  Imagine getting on the London Underground in this get up!

I know magazines are meant to to be about ideas, fantasies and to push boundaries in the fashion stakes and I love that side of it, really I do!  But doesn't anyone else feel like they just push the wrong ones as gospel sometimes (whilst being smug about it)?  Ideas that could just never translate into your lifestyle, or work on your body type, or with your skin tone?  I often wish they would just put up the pictures without the trite, poorly researched and patronising sound bites and let us decide for ourselves.

On days like this I thank the stars above for fashion bloggers.  Here's to real women getting dressed for real life!

53 comments:

  1. Hee. Trustafarians. You bet they are, because their Vogue salary isn't paying for that flat in Manhattan. Daddy is. Until they get married, that is, and start shopping on their husband's dime.

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  2. Flipping hilarious, Veshoevius! You sound like I do when one of my friends passes on a magazine.
    There are some hideous and ridiculously priced things there and even I know that full skirt would never grace a Flamenco dancer.
    Must admit that I'm lusting over those orange and lime platforms...yum...not with camel though! xxx

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  3. You made me laugh at loud!! Your scorn is priceless, and I am so thankful you took the time to write and illustrate it. I haven't looked at a magazine in a while, but I've been slowly flipping through collections on vogue.com or through designer website lookbooks. It's a bit difficult to come up with pieces that will work for me and my life, but they are so rarely as awful as this! I wonder what you would make of Net-a-Porter's new "issue" on their site (USA). I laughed through most of it.

    Ditto: three cheers for fashion bloggers. Discovering all of you has made fashion and dressing fun again.

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  4. LOVING your rant.
    I never really thought about how much I roll my eyes at the text of my issue of Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar, but they are perennially out of touch with real life. Although I may quibble with your personally about the stripes (loved them for years, and even as a chubby I wear them) and the black bra under everything, I am not trying to dictate my personal preference de facto. Like the kid who calls out the Emperor, you've nailed it, nude is nude is nude, and Vogue's cluelessness to real life stands out stark naked.

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  5. So much for realistic fashion... I also stumbled over the leggings thing - having just realized that skinnies will stay in my wardrobe, no matter what Vogue editors tell me. Perhaps this editorial was the bit that made me decide to finally cancel my Vogue subscription.
    xoxo

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  6. You tell them! I can't believe how crazy this article is. Crazy astronomical prices, unflattering pieces, setting women back years, and wrongly labeling any kind of dance wear. I stand right there with you, and won't be following these resolutions.
    No Guilt Fashion

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  7. hah, love this post, it made me giggle! That's why I never buy magazines, they're just too braindead and so clearly determined by advertisers (there's no way they would have chosen the rings otherwise!). I still mourn the face, the last magazine I loved.

    Though: pairing camel with bright colours doesn't seem a ridiculous idea at all. It's the only way I would ever consider wearing it! and nothing wrong with orange and green combos!

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  8. *takes several steps backwards*

    They deserve such vitriolic treatment, Veshoevius. While I am no fan of leggings, they are certainly more practical an option than £4k rings - nice try though, Vogue. I can't believe they're pushing lime and orange as a chic combination, either - I haven't recovered from the '90s foray in that direction. And I'm quite frankly appalled at the shirt-related suggestion...as well as amused at the thought of Mr Bossa having a shirt-pressing account.

    Brilliant post - get it on IFB!

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  10. Veshoevius, this is brilliant! I had flipped through those resolutions with distaste a few weeks ago. You have really showed them up. I can't believe I had passed over the 'husband's account' and 'old folks' jibes, I must have been brainwashed. I only buy British Vogue on occasion now, mainly because I do love Christa da Souza, but their annual Cheryl Cole covers and frankly ridiculous tips (their More Dash than Cash once suggested using a picnic blanket as a kind of a kilt skirt thing, if I remember correctly) have been putting me off for a while. Well done on an excellent eye-opener of a post.

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  11. I actually find that line on the dry cleaning really offensive. Really REALLY offensive. I quite like some of these things (orange platforsm for instance, though why they chose a photo where the models toes were sticking over the end is beyond me), but the point is the terrible writing. Every time I read Vogue I feel like screaming, they treat their readers like idiots and the writing is utterly inane.

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  12. '...on your husband's account...' good god, what planet do these people live on? and Rosebud, i love it: "I am not trying to dictate my personal preference de facto. Like the kid who calls out the Emperor, you've nailed it, nude is nude is nude, and Vogue's cluelessness to real life stands out stark naked."

    & as sorely tempted as i am to pull quotes out of every single other comment to this post, i'll refrain. somehow.

    seriously, this kind of tripe shows what happens when advertising dictates content, and when the editors/writers/etc. of a publication inhabit a completely different socio-economic universe than their readers - unawares, yet. that's the beauty of so many style bloggers - they are part of their own audience, and write unconstrained by demands of advertisers and profit.

    producing content for free has definite drawbacks. but our grumpy hostess vividly points out the perils of 'profit above all'.

    those mags sure have a nerve!! go get 'em, Veshoevius!!! steph

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  13. Yeah you're right, it's just fashion bollocks. Though I do quite like the twinset and the maxi skirt.

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  14. I agree whole heartedly!!!! Black bra + sheer white blouse = classy? On what planet????? ~Serene

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  15. What a great post! That REALLY needed to be said!

    I fully agree on 1,2, 7, 8 and 9!!!

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  16. This is why I buy exactly one fashion magazine a year, the September Vogue and then I rip it up!

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  17. amazing post<3 thnx for sharing!!!i love FENDI one and the long skirts<3



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  18. Oh, I love it! I've stopped buying fashion magazines for some time now; I bought them for interviews anyways :) I love your analysis a lot! And it made me think and realize that when I check newest collections on style.com I never think about them as anything life appropriate or real, I perceive them as art or in the majority of occasions as something ridiculous :) As they say - there's fashion and there's style. And me myself I’m voting for style!

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  19. Having to try not to laugh out loud whilst sitting at my computer at work!! All so true. I love my fashion magazines - don't get me wrong (I subscribe to three - ouch!) - but they are so far removed from the average reader. It is laughable. I was flicking through my new Vogue last night actually and came across the More Dash Less Cash section: I remember when this started a year ago (maybe?!) and the clothes featured were "less cash" but now they are often £300+ - that is MORE cash in my book!!

    Love this post! You have hit the nail on the head :)

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  20. Well ladies I'm glad I'm not alone then! I find it interesting that actually the article did have one thing that appealed to most of you - a fascinating reflection of people's different taste. But everyone seems to agree on the irritating tone of the article and it being so out of touch with real life which is really my main objection.

    @Cynthia - how depressing but yes probably very true. The only people who seem to be able to work in fashion in the UK are those with enough money behind them to fund the rounds of low paid or more likely unpaid internships to get a foot into the industry. It's no wonder we get a skewed viewpoint.

    @Vix, @Franca
    The combination of orange and lime instills a love hate reaction I find! It is a big favourite of Andalucian women (verdad @sacramento?) and they look great in it because of the light out there and thier skin colour. I object less to its combination than the combination of it with camel!

    @Shopgirl, @Comtesse de Ferveur
    Oh don't get me started on the ridiculous More Dash than Cash feature! So obnoxious! Half the stuff they use is soooo expensive. Who has that much cash? I might have to post on that as well!!
    And yes Comtesse I think I allow myself to be brainwashed too by magazines or let things fly even if they disgruntle me - this happened to be the straw that broke the camels back.

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  21. @Mrs Bossa, @Penny Dreadful, @tinyjunco, @NoGuilt Fashion - I think that without that bit about getting hubby to pay for pressing your shirts I might have let them off and not written this post. Very very offensive!

    @Terri - I might rip this one up too!

    @Franca, tinyjunco - Good point about advertising revenue and the necessary product placement that entails. I understand one has to pay the staff and accept advertising revenue but a good editor would be able to incorporate expensive merchandise and put it into some context that doesn't make irrelevant comparisons with cheaper wardrobe staples or just feature it in some other context on its own that doesn't offend the living blazes out of its readers! Surely??!

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  22. @Aesthetic Alterations, @Ginta
    Alot I think is just meant as art so only people with art collecters budgets and lifestyles can afford them. I'm happy to view pieces for their artistic or design merit or laugh at their ridiculousness but its the condescending holier than thou tone that goes with the commentary accompanying some of these articles that gets me.

    @Thekla - hmmmm did you actually read the post?

    @That's not my age - be sure not to pay Christopher Kane prices for it though!

    @Boheme Noir - I'm amazed I haven't seen similiar rants actually!

    @The Elegant Bohemian - Planet Fashion - different universe altogether.

    @Citizen Rosebud - Thank you for your kind comment! I'm a black bra kind of girl too but I don't expect to be labelled a tramp nor have lofty aspirations to be considered a lady wearing one. I do respect that there is something to float everyones boat and sometimes fashion rules should be broken, - I just don't need Vogue ramming it down my throat in this way!

    @Sabine Psynopsis - interesting! I was considering a subscription at one point - now I am putting that idea on hold.

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  23. That is less Flamenco, more "I just watched Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame and I thought Esmerelda's wardrobe really jibed with the whole 'oppressed enough to be non-threateningly rebellious and sexy' trope".

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  24. Once again, you hit the nail on the head. I couldn't have put it better myself!

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  25. LOVE THIS POST!!! I can cosign on all of those points! It all comes down to wearability. I mean , who can really and honestly wear half of these things they tell you to do? I know you won't catch me (or my curvy thighs!) in a horizontal striped skirt!

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  26. Fabulous! I loved every part of this post. I think I am a passive consumer of fashion magazines (at least the spreads) so this encourages me to think critically about what I'm seeing. Couldn't agree more about the black bra under a sheer white shirt--unless you're at the beach and your bikini top is black and your cover up is white--then yeah, definitely trampy!

    --Courtney

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  27. your magazine analysis is absolutely brilliant! i almost died from laughing! although i buy many fashin magazines (taking into cosideration that polish ones vary diametrically from american mags, for example - in polish mags you never find pieces that are so expensive that you almost die realizing the price indeed), but i usually focus on the reading content, or photography which is amazing. of course, you can find insiration in vogue, in style et cetera, but i guess that some ideas cannot be taken literally.

    i am following you too - in love with your blog!

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  28. Wow, you are smoking hot and I see why. I get these magazines in the mail but half the time I shake my head because I never see a variety of sizes and shapes of women. It does me no good to see one woman who is curvy or not a size zero and see everyone else in the magazine razor edge thin. I never was a fan of wide horizontal stripes and whoever puts that on woman hates them because it does nothing for them except make them look wider. And I can could never see myself walking into work or church with a bra on with a sheer top. They should of titled this article, "How to joke about Fashion." That magazine would be recycled ever so quickly.

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  29. Camel with orange and lime green? Uh, no thanks! This post cracks me up!

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  30. loving the idea of the maxi skirt....again....am having huge problem finding fab shoes that aren't fabulously high...am tall already....and old...so huge heels make for potential tottering disaster!!

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  31. I love this post and had a similar reaction to something I read in the US Vogue for January when Lauren Santo Domingo talked in an article about rich women being "shut out" from buying EXACTLY what they saw on designers' runways. I thought, Are you kidding me? Do you expect me to believe that somebody as wealthy as you is "shut out" from anything you want? I put the magazine down after that article and haven't been able to pick it up since.

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  32. @Claire - thankyou I could not agree with you more!

    @fay_stephen - thankyou Fay!

    @MJ - thanks MJ, very few people can take heed of any of these suggestions which is what makes it so ludicrous!

    @Courtney - oh it is essential to think about it critically when the suggestions are this outlandish. Don't get me wrong I passively lap up glossies to relax but sometimes I am really amazed at what sort of rubbish gets printed in them.

    @Marta - thanks for your lovely comment and for visiting! I do buy them too to get inspiration but sometimes they really annoy me too!

    @JT Wisdom - the issue of how narrow the representation is of women of different sizes, ages and races in glossy magazines is still so prevalent today as it ever was unfortunately!

    @luvgmt.com - the thought certainly got my stomach churning.

    @Young at Heart - Lucky you that you are tall enough to wear them - there must be a pair of jewelled flats with your name on them - thanks for visiting and Happy New Year to you to.

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  33. @jill815 - my violin is out for her Jill - NOT! I'm agree with you - its hard to be sympathetic to such bleating. Who or what exactly was shutting them out?

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  34. Veshoevius - whilst on the train this afternoon, I got to reading my new February Vogue and flicked through to the More Dash Less Cash feature (as per above) and then decided to tot it all up - the average cost of an outfit there is £550!!!! So I got doodling and penned a piece about it - referencing your post (my email is sugarandspice.shopgirl (at) gmail (dot) com - if you'd like to take a look!?).

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  35. I am laughing in shock at the suggestions (at the items themselves, especially the five-sizes-too-big blue hospital smock Fendi shirt; and at the snotty tone in which they are presented). And I am laughing in delight at your commentaries upon it all!

    I browsed the mall a bit today, curious to see if there were displays full of spring's trends already. I didn't notice much, but I did see a lot of vivid orange plus camel in the Banana Republic store. Well, that's one color trend that will be good for my credit card diet.

    The combo is so...1987. I'd mentioned going through some c. 1988 family photos, and one of my favorite (and horrible) outfits in it was a beige calf-length skirt plus an acid orange sweater of trapezoidal shape. I was made fun of for it even then. Now it seems these items would be right back on track!

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  36. V!!!! Hilarious and perfect. It's uncanny: I swear, I did not read this post when I wrote mine.

    Here's the thing: first, I'm an ancient old fart and was even, for the first years in London, a freakin' publisher's wife (Country Living, and Esquire), and while he did get his shirts pressed (because while I'm a good cook, I can't iron to save my life - threw out the ironing board and eventually, the iron). There's no 'account' and even if there was: whether it was his, or mine, we'd still be paying for it! I don't think there's a job in the world apart from perhaps the Prince of Wales where dry cleaning bills are expensed. And even then.. someone, somehow has to pay! (Ha, I can just see going to the dry cleaner with my new crisp this-season wardrobe, and the guy just smiles and waves it away: 'No need, Mrs. Adams, we'll just put it on your husband's account!')

    In an indirect way, eventually I stumbled upon blogging simply because, as an American wife in the UK, who had had the best graphic design experience in NY, I couldn't get hired to work in the mailroom. I actually spent three hours once, sipping tea and reading magazines while waiting to meet HR at Conde Nast (a 'crisis' had developed, the sweet JUNIOR HR girl told me when we finally had our interview, because her boss couldn't get out of the meeting: two girls at Vogue had gotten into a cat fight and one was threatening to quit and HR had to intervene). All I wanted was a little freelance layout work, and I ended up doing my own layouts as an 'audition'. (I'll email you if you'd like).

    When I sent them, the HR girl emailed me within minutes: someone at Vogue was really interested and she'd get back to me. Whoever that was must have changed her mind. I never worked a day at Conde Nast.

    The truth is very simple: it is harder to get into the sorority that is Vogue UK than it is to run for President. It's not just because I'm American: this is a very tight group and they only hire their 'kind': an intern will be the boss's friend's daughter.. and it is so not a meritocracy.

    (And I don't have subscriptions to any magazines: I keep meaning to buy Vogue, but when I do.. it's like Chinese food, an hour later, I've read the whole, and I'm still hungry. I get all I need to know from you guys: online. Which is why they hate us, frankly).

    I don't feel bitter about it at all, and I sound angrier than I actually am: the HR girl was a very sweet, albeit posh little thing - bit wide in the hips and she'd never be able to pull off that stripey number (no one can: that's the point). In fact I remember exactly what she was wearing: a pink twin set. Pencil skirt. Clear stockings. Court shoes. And pearls.

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  37. OMG DUDE!!I totally enjoyed this review of the UK Vogue! and I would have to say completely agreed with you!! Wow I cant even put my finger on which tip is the worst! I hope this makes the roundup this week girl!!!

    XX

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  38. This is genius. I am always undeniably perplexed at what fashion magazines advertise as must-have's for the season. Maxi skirts? Not unless you are a 6 foot tall gangly matchstick. Same for the wide horizontal stripes. And camel with brights, whether orange or green, just looks odd, as if one is dressed by a slightly deranged toddler. I truly enjoyed your review of UK Vogue; the American version isn't any better!

    dresswithcourage.com

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  39. Absolutely LOVING this post! Hear hear!
    I am actually doing my dissertation on why mags are going down and blogs are coming up, and am doing a case study on Vogue, and where it's going wrong! I might have to reference this blog post in my dissertation because you've highlighted A) how totally alienating and unrealistic this magazine is, B) the way fashion blogs are challenging new media by offering a REAL opinion on something, and C) the way these types of blog post can influence readers into seeing through the facade (Courtney, above, said: I think I am a passive consumer of fashion magazines (at least the spreads) so this encourages me to think critically about what I'm seeing.)!

    Thank you for a great post. I wish I'd written it myself!!

    Following!

    x

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  40. Cheered me up no end while i recover from this damned flu bug!

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  41. A woman after my own heart. I buy the quarterly vogue collections as I use it for reference with my clients but apart from that I don't buy Vogue UK for so many reasons. I prefer Italian vogue anyway and would buy if I could read Italian :)
    We bloggers just need to continue to break the monolopies of thought? It's time to wake up the fashion masses.

    Fabulous blog.
    CamilleA (Karma-Style)

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  42. @cloud of secrets - I laughed out loud at your five-sizes-too-big blue hospital smock description of Fendi! Bang on! And thank you for sharing that 1987 favourite outfit of yours - that made me smile :)

    @Polka Dot - thank you for sharing your experience with me as it really explains a lot!

    @Camillea - thank you! I do like Italian Vogue too - maybe that's a better option - buy Vogue in a foreign language so I don't have to read any of it and can just enjoy the pictures. Genius!

    @I'm not Emily Brown - do hope you get better soon!

    @Gem Fatale - feel free to use any or all of it in your dissertation, I would be very flattered and happy for you to do so.

    @Lady Lipstick - glad you liked it and see my point!

    @Elissa - thank you - I do buy the US version from time to time and I have to say you are right there!

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  43. I really love your comments here. Aside from the fact that I appreciate witty sarcasm, You have very valid points. To be honest as much as I love the editorials in Vogue, I rarely buy it, do to the fact that I seldom find any articles worth reading/enjoying for the price of it. Ill stick to Elle and Marie Claire thank you very much :)

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  44. I'm glad I read this today.This is a great post!

    I believe Vogue should seriously consider hiring some bloggers. =) And I'm still thinking about how can a black bra under a sheer white tee make you look like a lady...

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  45. I understand and agree with what you are saying, but I think the reason I enjoy fashion magazines so much is because they are my fantasy. It's not something I aspire to be, only to live in the same world as.

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  46. Lol, this made my night! This is the exact reason I haven't bought a fashion mag in probably a year now. I was tired of being constantly disappointed and left thinking a big fat WTF?? I'm so glad it wasn't just me, I thought I was just being grouchy!

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  47. they hate leggings because they can't profit from people buying the $10 version that looks just as good as an expensive version. That whole "use your husbands account" was disgusting-- its almost like they don't expect real people to wear these clothes are read these articles. I agree, thank goodness for fashion bloggers.

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  48. lol...nice take...

    i have gotten to the point where i almost look at magazines strictly for the entertainment value and passive inspiration especially being a plus size girl

    and thank you much for the blog roll add...

    that rocks!

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  49. wow - stumbled across this and laughed out loud - I had pretty much the same reaction to the article. especially as it is contextualised as some kind of new year's resolutions,which annoys me anyway - and by a/w most points will be contradicted and we'll be in leggings with crumpled shirts with not a hint of floral in sight!

    from your new regular reader,
    em xx

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  50. haha, love your rant! you are hilarious!

    I"m still perplexed about the black bra under a white shirt- there is no doubt it's not trampy!

    xx.
    Judy

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  51. I actually had a sandal like shown in number 8 and not just double sided take you will need body adhesive to hold those ribbons in place...forget walking...just to stand and to get in and out of the car.

    And black bra under sheer white top...like a lady....you gotta be kidding me. No seriously.

    I do not read vogue UK but I do not think I ever will.

    Love

    Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

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  52. The black bra and sheer shirt thing is pretty ridiculous. And the prices, as you mentioned make it hard enough to relate to Vogue for me. I was a subscriber for years, but like many above finally cancelled because I couldn't relate to it in any real way. I guess that's why I love fashion bloggers (and fashion blogging myself) because it's real, achievable style for real people like me.

    What they should have done (or should do monthly IMO) is print up a guide on trnslating that months current runway trends right now with real affordable pieces for people who live outside of Fashion Planet. Maybe I'll start a petition...

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