Wednesday, July 30, 2008

No Fear of Chic

School. The word itself sends shivers down even the bravest student's spine. As the hour of reason quickly approaches, we find ourselves digging through sample sales for coveted pre-fall items at fabulous discounted prices. Dresses, skinnies, cardigans, oh my! While bouncing between stores, we search for just one piece such as a schoolboy blazer or even skinny-style khaki pants that will compliment various looks. We look for items that will make us unique, both to ourselves but also to our teachers so they may catch a glimpse of who we are through what we wear.

But, what my dear readers, stops so many other girls in your own school (who for the most part wear monotonous outfits viaHollister Co.) from getting these fantastic deals you're finding downstairs at J. Crew or Club Monaco? It's of course because the real teen frenzy is upstairs at Abercrombie & Fitch. Peer pressure much?

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Vogue did an article last year on "No Fear of Chic" in which abandons all fashion "rules" through which society is built upon. They encourage one to, if they please, lounge in a ballroom gown by Oscar De La Renta or go for coffee in Chanel Couture. Why not? These foundations can be applied to the principles of buying outfits for school. For the most part, many girls do not want to be "singled out" for what they're wearing in fear of rejection by peers. "What if someone thinks this schoolboy blazer is too manly?", "What if these heels make me look like I'm trying too hard?" This thought process can prevent girls from buying what they truly know is in style. In many cases, teen girls refuse to wear heels unless the occassion calls for them. Why is this? Why so scared?

It is fear of chic. The only explanation. Although many girls read magazines like Teen Vogue which religously pairs heels with outfits for editorials, it is simply the fear of taking a risk that stops many girls from dressing up for school. It's time for it all too end.

It is time to gain the confidence it takes to wear whatever you want to school, and be proud to do so. It is true, not everyone will like what you're wearing, but that's life. If someone doesn't like it, that's fine, because you do, and that's all that matters. When I walk in to school I pray to see girls wearing lovely outfits paired with confident heels or scholarly flats. Never be afraid to show people who you are through your style, because I cannot stress enough, through personal experience, that your toughest critic is, and always will be, yourself.


Zai said...

you are too, too right. very well-written btw : )

La Femme Chic said...

I don't even know what to say except that I agree %100.

Anonymous said...

one of my favorite blogs! i agree 100%. keep up the great work!

mary said...

You are lovely.
One must embrace chic.
"Come to the chic side, Luke. We have Chanel."

Sammie said...

Your blog is fantastic and very well-written. I completely agree 100%.

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Elle said...

I remember that article!

icon said...

thank you for this article, it has truely hit home. Your right, i think it is time to take out my gorgeous heels that i've worn but once and wear them to school!