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Reason #24 to Hate this Past Decade

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Reason #24: 24/7 Cocktail Dressing

When I look back at the 90s, I consider contrived nonchalance to be the stupidest trend that defined that decade.  Imagine a time in history when a product named “Bed Head” became popular and designers like Marc Jacobs showed collections based on thrift-store chic.  I could never understand why people didn’t choose to just get out of bed without combing their hair and put on something they got at the Goodwill.

In ten years, I may look back at this past decade to find something that I hate more than 24/7 cocktail dressing, but I don’t think I will — I really loathe it.

Life isn’t a cocktail party unless you’re the daughter of a rock star or a hotel heiress.  Even then, it’s probably wise to put on something besides a cocktail dress occasionally.  Don’t get me wrong: I do like dresses.  However, the line between daywear and eveningwear has become blurred.  I see sequins and glitz and tits and the highest of high heels on girls working at the bank.  A line has been crossed, and it’s the line between good taste and bad taste.

If your life is a party, good for you.  Wear whatever you want.  Just don’t expect people to condone your behavior.  It is tacky and inappropriate.

The Antidote: Separates

The greatest American fashion design empires have been built on separates.  Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Michael Kors are legends because they’ve offered modern women the choice to be chic in any garment they choose.  This American way of dressing hasn’t been fashionable since the 90s, which means it’s ready to come back.

Bring on the sportswear!

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December 31, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Posted in Two Dozen Reasons

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