Let’s just take a second to talk about whether leggings are pants or aren’t pants. When they first came out, people were like “blah blah blah, they’re not pants. blah blah blah, you wear them with tunics. blah blah blah, if your crotch shows youre not wearing them right.” but now everyone is wearing them with ridiculous belly shirts and bustieres and bandeaus. So where do we draw the line? So, as a girl who loves fashion, clothing, and deciding whats “hot” and “not” i’ve decided to give my insight: i do believe that leggings can be worn as pants. i mean, a few years ago i would’ve been the first to burn then if i saw them being worn as pants, but with all the new patterns, and with boots finally being incorporated into every-day attire, i guess you could say it is appropriate. with a plain tank and some cute booties, you could rock these thingss forever. not to mention that they are the PERFECT attire to wear to class when you’re running a little late. and guys are also responding positively to them! i mean, who remembers the last time a boy liked their outfit that didn’t show off their butt, stomach, or boobs? so why not keep these convenient go-to things around? i mean, it sounds like a good idea to me. so i guess the moral of the story is, if they’re comfortable, convenient, and they don’t hurt anyone, keep them around and wear the crap out of them.
so let’s just take some time to talk about these lovely little numbers. combat boots are making a comeback, and its about dang time! ask your mom’s what shoes they were wearing in the ’80s, i guarantee they mention doc martens. these boots are pretty much being worn with everything, but unfortunately they had a rough beginning. I just have to say that when i wore my first pair of combat boots, i was laughed at by about everyone in my highschool. even my friends were confused with that i was wearing (my friends are the type of people who are very opinionated when it comes to attire). anyways, because its me and naturally i don’t really care what other people think, i kept wearing them. actually, i think i tended to wear them more once i got made fun of, just to make a point. but now, a year later, these boots are seen on just about every girl, which is kinda refreshing. im not in any way, shape, or form trying to take credit for these now popular shoes. but i am glad that people are now starting to realize that these shoes are cute. and although they are pricey, you can find them for cheap anywhere! anyways, you can dress them with pretty much anything; leggings, jeans, shorts, maybe even a little sun dress if paired properly! anyways, the moral of this little story is, that these boots, no matter what people say, are cute and look good with just about anything! so get your army suit on and always remember, everyone likes someone in a uniform.
Let’s just take a minute to talk about thrifting. So i know what it sounds like, who wants to go to a “goodwill” or “salvation army” to find clothes that they probably donated like 10 years ago? and who wants to wear a pair of shoes that someone else had their feet in especially when you don’t know if they were clean or not. I understand there are a lot of downsides, however there are a lot of positives. You can find great clothes for cheap! I mean i have been thrifting for awhile, and some of my favorite shorts are from thrift stores. You could go to American Apparel or Urban Outfitters, (and dont get me wrong they’re super cute and I may have done it once or twice) and spend $50 on a pair of shorts, or go to a thrift store and make a pair for $5. It just makes sense to me, plus it’s fun to be able to be creative and say you made it yourself. It might just be me, but there is a sense of pride I feel when i wear a pair of shorts that I made myself. Shit sometimes i even go crazy and sew the ends of them to make it look like i bought them. anyways, you can also find designer stuff if you look hard enough. I mean i once found a Gucci jacket that was to die for, and it was only $3. I mean usually they cost about $300, so i considered myself lucky. I dont know, i just dont see the point of people being stuck up on the idea that people have worn the pants im now wearing, THAT’S WHAT WASHING MACHINES ARE FOR!!!!!! but yeah, i guess the moral of the story is that you should try to thrift. its fun, and exciting with you find something you love, so i guess you should do it! but if the “second hand” clothing freaks you out, then keep breaking your bank!
Lets just take a quick moment to talk about trends. The first thing is, who decides whether something is in and something is out? Is there some holy fashion god that sits on a high mighty pedestal and you have to run your clothing by him before its appropriate to put it on the racks of the nearest mall? Is there some code or handbook that you have to follow as you draw your new line or look through your closet decided what you #ootd will be? And if that’s not the case, which I’m pretty sure its not, then how do we figure out whether we should buy that purple satin crop top that rests on your hips so perfectly it looks like it was made personally for you? I might think that shirt is super cute and would probably buy it, but if Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors says its out, does that mean I can’t wear it without getting ridiculed by my peers? Clothes are something that inspire and ignite creativity, not bind it to the critics of those who are “fashion icons”. I believe that dressing is an art form and a way for people to not only express, but find themselves along the way. Clothing to some people, people like myself, is a passion. I was once told that its okay to have two careers when you get older, one based on real goals and aspirations and one based on passion. Who says I can’t be an engineer and paint on the side? Who decides whether I can or can’t save a life, then come home and design clothing or fragrances? But that is an entirely different topic.
Now I should tell you about myself and why I am so passionate about clothing and trends. My name is Shannon and I guess you could say I’m just a “diamond in the rough.” I’m five foot three, so I’m about as tall as a toddler. I have long brown hair that I dye way too frequently and a Harry Potter tattoo that I would probably get again every day for the rest of my life. I’m a dedicated and loyal person and I hold people to the highest standard possible, which is why I get angry and upset way too easily (you can ask my family about that one). I like myself just fine and I am proud to say that I wouldn’t change a hair on my head, even though so of my hairs are a little out of line. I’m from a town that is a mile wide and about three miles long, and to make matters worse, its in central Florida. If you’ve ever heard anything or been to central Florida, you know one thing: this is where people come to die. In my town, I was considered a “hipster”. Don’t act like you’ve never heard the term, because I know you have, and just in case you have been living under a rock and don’t know the term, a hipster is, in the simplest way of saying it, someone who is different and does they’re own thing. Sounds like I good thing right? Wrong. I was teased in high school. Constantly being told that I was “weird and gross” for shopping at a thrift store and that my high-waisted jean shorts that I made myself were “ugly” and made my ass look like a “mom butt”. I mean you want to talk about assholes, my town’s highschool breeds them. Again, don’t get me wrong because I love my town, I just don’t like how behind it is in ALL ASPECTS (fashion, technology, intelligence, etc.). And I think you know its bad when even my friends were making remarks about how my “ass looks weird” but I continued to dress like me, listen to music that I liked, and stand tall to the bullies like my parents taught me. And now, two years later, girls are asking me where the best thrift stores are, where I got my shoes/shirt/shorts from, to thrift with them, and help them cut their shorts. But of course, I am nice, bite my tongue, and usually say, “yeah girl of course I’ll help you out” but on the inside I’m saying, “REMEMBER WHEN YOU USED TO MAKE FUN OF ME AND MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I DRESSED LIKE AN 80 YEAR OLD WOMAN, BECAUSE I FOR SURE AS HELL DO!”
These things are stupid and silly to think about and hold on to, but people don’t realize how judging and bullying someone, about something as stupid about what they wear, isn’t forgotten easily. I am not saying that I started these trends, because just like every other trend, I saw someone else who dressed in a way that intrigued and inspired me. All I am saying is be careful what you say is “in” and what you say is “out” because you are not one to judge someone else’s wardrobe. Because when it comes to fashion, everyone has got to start somewhere, and I’m starting right here.