Auntie Fashion

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The word “effortless”

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Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

“Effortless” is one of those words that gets on my nerves like fingernails on a blackboard.  Fashion isn’t effortless.  Style doesn’t come that easily.  Looking good takes a lot of work.

First of all, you need to put some effort into those things that many people take for granted, like washing your face or brushing your teeth.  Occasionally, the pendulum swings the other way, and being smelly and gross becomes de rigueur, but that’s usually a short-lived trend.  Smelly, gross people might look good in a Nylon editorial spread.  In-person, however, it’s a different story.

Next, you have to put some effort into maintaining your body.  Fashion always favors the fit.  Take Karl Lagerfeld, for example.  Now that he’s dropped a few pounds, he’s even more iconic than ever.  Yes, heavier people can be fit and gorgeous, too — don’t start posting nasty comments on my site because I mentioned that weight-loss can be healthy.  Still, vitality is one of those things that never goes out of style.  Whatever your body looks like, clean-living and a healthy lifestyle do begin to supersede style as you age.  Living that lifestyle takes plenty of effort.

Finally, there’s fashion itself.  People who live and breathe fashion have put a lot of effort into honing their craft.  If they get out of bed looking gorgeous it’s because they’ve put in the time to look gorgeous.  That good haircut didn’t just happen.  Those eyes look fresh because they’ve seen some sleep.  That walk to the closet to get dressed was graceful because someone was listening when they were told to stand up straight.  And that outfit is drop-dead gorgeous because the woman wearing it has been reading fashion magazines for twenty years, and she knows how to put things together innately.  It might be second nature now, but it sure took a lot of effort to make it look effortless.

So, when you hear an over-processed piece of work like Rachel Zoe mention “effortless style”, do me a favor and tell her to shut her fat hole.

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April 12, 2008 at 4:34 pm

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  1. Amen, sister. Well said.


    April 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

  2. how old is she really ,she has an awful lot of wrinkles for a 35 year old if ya no what i mean but i lik he style and her tv show !xox


    January 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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