14 March 2012

Some Things aren't Meant to be Understood

Being interested in fashion means that I like to try new things - trends or pieces that I previously haven't worn in the past. Skinny jeans was one of them. Cropped pants was another item. Though obviously not everything can be a winner. So I shrug, give an internal "d'oh!" and then move on. Maybe I'll try it again in a different way later. Maybe I'll throw my hands up and call it a day.

But what about those items you adore but other people just don't get?

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Case in point, BF thinks of scarves as purely functional. It's cold outside and your neck is exposed, put on a scarf. If it's not cold enough for a woolen outer garment, then it is not cold enough for a scarf - which means in BF's world, scarves have no place. He doesn't get the whole "scarf as accessory" deal. And he feels strongly about it, because for a man who remains most silent about most of my sartorial endeavors, one thing he cannot keep his opinion to himself on is the scarf. Gosh forbid I try to pull off a cotton scarf with tee look. He says it's a southern thing (I don't know, is it a southern thing?) - I typically say hooey, but will acquiese because that is the one thing he will not relent on.

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My friend T is bugged out by women who wear leggings as pants. According to T, leggings are just footless tights and should be treated as such. Which means leggings on their own sans other bottoms is equivalent to me pulling up a pair of Sheery Energy L'eggs and leaving the house. Which I guess I've done before because leggings are soooo comfy.

My other friend A cannot stand the low-rise anything. Why would any woman willingly put herself in a muffin top situation? Only about 0.0003% of the world's population can pull off a low-rise skinny pant and look fantastic. The rest of us schmoes have to camoflauge our fleshy spillage with long cardis or tunic tops. And don't we dare bend over! So why do that to ourselves?

What I don't get (that my sis loves)? Short sleeve turtlenecks. Are we hot or cold there?

So what fashionable items do you love that people in your life just don't get? And what puts your brows in a furrow?

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Dress: J.Crew blythe (worn here - sim, more cas, v-neck)
Belt: J.Crew skinny (sim)
Necklace: Anthropologie gold finger (worn here - sim, as bracelet)
Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction swim n fool (worn here - sim, point-toed, peep)
Bracelet: J.Crew golden stripe (worn here - sim, skinny, solid)
Bag: Brahmin croc-embossed sadie (sim)

78 comments:

  1. That dress is such a gorgeous coral color! Haha, I'm pretty sure the scarf as an accessory is not a Southern thing, because I wear that in Jersey.

    I can't understand the leopard printed denim. I like my leopard print on other things, but on denim, I think it just looks cheap.

    -Sharon
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    1. Haha, I'm on the same page re: the printed denim. I saw a leopard printed denim mini skirt - for some reason it looks worse. But it obvhiously sells because the print is everywhere now - oh well, to each their own!

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  2. You look so pretty! I love this look!

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  3. ha! My boyfriend feels the same way about scarves. He also doesn't understand boots. While I seem them as a cute, cold-weather alternative to flats, he sees them as something that should only be worn on a farm, by pirates, or in a snowstorm (not MY leather boots!).

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    1. Oh you def need to get those flat boots now with the foldover top - talk about pirate-y!

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  4. HAH! You made me laugh out loud with "fleshy spillage"!!!
    I totally agree with T and A - right on friends.
    I also phooey to BF, scarves are definitely accessories and fashion statements. That's like you're feet are bare, so shoes are just shoes. As you know, you gotta "respect the shoes" ;)

    My husband does not enjoy when I put a blazer on a dress. He says I wear too many layers. I tell him that layering is part of having a style. He rejects this even he layers it up like crazy, and is a totally fashion savvy dude.

    Loved this post, love your insights and honesty.
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    1. My dad is the same way on layering. Like if I wear a cardigan with the tee or tank underneath showing, my dad thinks that's messy!

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  5. LOVE the color of the bag,perfect combination with orange!
    i have been on the hunt for a royal blue bag,i just have not found "the" one.

    i am with you on the shortsleeved or sleeveless turtlenecks and just dont get why you would wear a turtleneck when its warm/hot.

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  6. LOL I totally agree with A. Low rise is just a no go for most of us (myself def included). I have sleeveless turtlenecks, but I use them for layering. Otherwise, it does look a little weird. I don't know that there is any fashion thing that I just don't get or agree with, but I'm sure that there is one out there. Love this red dress on you Lisa!

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  7. Fun post and darling outfit. I'm puzzled by the gigantic handbag. What is in there? How much does one need to schlep around during the course of the day? They're just not for me I :-)

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    1. Hahah, it's harder even when you're small. I can't typically buy handbags that are wider than 12-13" because then the proportion on my looks all wonky!

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  8. You had me at leggings as pants and short-sleeve turtlenecks. HA! So not okay with. Well, I did use to wear leggings, but always with a dress that was too short to wear alone. I also don't get tunics, is it a top, then why so long, is it a dress, way too short.....

    Love your outfit today, the color of the dress is such a beautiful shade of coral, and perfect for these warm days!

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  9. Uh, I don't get faux turtlenecks either if you are under 65. I don't wan the illusion of warmth- either warmth or not. But there are loads of goofy things I will try. Love that bag!

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    1. T-necks make me automatically feel like my neck is all constricted and I can't stand the feeling. I can only wear t-necks made out of tee materials that are loose and light, otherwise I feel like I'm choking myself. All mental, totally get it, haha.

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  10. Lisa, that bag is gorgeous girl! What a fabulous color and style! I was like, is she going to sell that? Then i said, Kim get for real. LOL Great orange dress and I love your gold accessories. Pure awesomeness!

    I think mine would be headbands. Some people feel it's only for the little one's, but I think they look great at any age. There are so many widths, colors and styles to choose from now. Some people have their way. Wishing you a wonderful day Lisa!
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  11. All my friends give me a lot of heat for this, but I STILL do not understand Ugg boots. They make most girl's legs look stumpy, including mine. Don't we all strive to look longer and less stumpy? Just like only a small portion of the population have perfect enough obliques to wear low rise jeans without spillage, there are few ladies with legs long enough to overcome the stumpifying effect of the Ugg. Does having your feet swathed in a wooly prison just make you not care about how they look? And if you are giving up fashion for the comfort and warmth, which I totally get, why do girls wear them bare legged with dresses? I have yet to see someone rock an Ugg boot that changes my mind.

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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    1. If you lived in Minnesota, you'd understand Ugg boots! Warmth.

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    2. I have to admit, I have Ugg boots, but one pair I only wear at home, and the other are waterproof with a heavy sole and I wear it when it's snowing. They are super-warm and comfy, but I've seen myself in them and I do appear mildly loompah-ish in them! ;o)

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    3. Agreed. I don't get Uggs just like I don't get Crocs.

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    4. oooooohhh Crocs are the worst of them all! the only people who i think deserve to be able to wear them are those that work in the medical field.

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  12. Your bag is phenomenal! Love the color.

    I agree that leggings are not pants. Cover your lady bits up if you wear them! Worse than sleeveless turtlenecks..dickies! So awful. I think my grandma still wears hers though.

    I adore a good scarf as an accessory. Really, they are functional. I love scarves with a thank and a maxi. A cool summer evening and it works as a wrap. Totally functional. ;)

    I can not stand the faux fur vest trend. I do not get it. At all. Why would you want a fake dead animal fur on you?! I know that is one trend that I will NEVER get on board with. It kind of remains me of cave people...in their real fur.

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    1. I agree, re: the leggings. I do wear leggings on the weekends but I've got to wear them with longer tops because VPL is not cool and I ain't wearing a thong when I want to be comfy!

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  13. You look amazing as always, and are super hilarious!!
    Funny that I just mentioend to a friend this weekend that leggings as pants was a super no-no for me! At home, it is perfectly acceptable, but most leggings are meant to hug areas that normal pants do not, and also require us to wear certain undergarments...which means that most women I have seen wearing them as pants, just end up looking like they have a major wedgie!
    I also don't get the socks with sandals trend....just not sure this one is for me!

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  14. Your comment about short sleeve turtlenecks made me laugh. :) I love this dress and your bag. Your style is impeccable! Love your blog!

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  15. Short-sleeved turtlenecks? Those exist?! O_O And Lisa, I have to say that I love every single one of your posts. You always make me smile, laugh, and think. In short, you're amazing! -high five-

    I cannot abide by leggings as pants unless they're particularly thick leggings, just because of the whole "VPL or going commando" thing. Maybe more leggings now are made out of panty-line-hiding material, but I remember back when that whole trend was picking up during my college years, leggings were pretty thin. Thin enough for me to see the PRINT of the wearer's undies. Yikes.

    These days, I just don't "get" giant platform heels. Mind you, not ALL platform heels -- only the giant variety (where the platform is more than 1" thick). They remind me of hooves.

    I'm so jealous of how amazing the Blythe shirtdress looks on you! I loved the style, but when I tried it on, I looked like I was in a giant nightgown. :( Sad.

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    1. Oh girl, you need to go visit my sis' closet, I'll show you some pointless short-sleeve t-necks!

      Big ole platforms - I think I have one pair that qualify as them, and I agree, from dead-on, they do appear a bit hoof-ish. Worse yet is that I clomp around like a new-born giraffe in them, not classy!

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  16. I like belts as an accessory but I think some people view them as something that holds up your pants, so why wear them with a skirt or dress??

    I have to agree that I'm still surprised when girls/women don't mind displaying their muffin tops, and I agree that leggings worn with certain tops can look like you forgot to put on your skirt or pants.

    Here's one thing I don't like that might surprise you.....finger nail polish. I feel like I'm the only woman in the world that thinks it can look tacky, fake, gaudy......I guess not always but often. (It's sort of the equivalent of wearing tan stockings with white pumps.) If you gotta wear nail polish, at least keep your nails short. I guess you wouldn't be surprised that I'm in my 40's and have yet to get a manicure. Though oddly enough, I do like to paint my toenails on occasion.

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    1. I've got a nail polish crazy for you - this is totally all me, but for some reason in my mind, toenails are only appropriate in reds, pinks or nudes. I can experiment with my fingernails, but toes ... and don't start me on French pedis! ;o)

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  17. I'm with Tara - I really don't get Uggs. I'm Australian and we started calling them "ugg boots" originally because it's short for "ugly boots"! I think people have forgotten that...

    My boss really hates when I or my female colleagues wear heavy, flat boots and has no qualms about telling us, but when the weather is nasty outside, we just choose to ignore him!

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  18. Found your blog for the first time today. Love all of your looks and how you mix and match and style your items to create different looks! You've provided me with so much inspiration. I will be back to visit often!
    L.

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  19. it's really very interesting how some people love a certain trend while others just don't get it. ;) like you, i really don't get short-sleeved turtlenecks... it's like, what's the point??? i also don't like it when some girls wear super short shorts with uggs! ummmm, i don't get it...

    <3, Mimi
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  20. I'm definitely with you on short-sleeved turtle necks (or any short sleeved sweater for that matter)
    Leggings as pants - depends on how long the top is - below the crotch is a-okay in my book.

    Honestly, high rise pants are super uncomfortable in my book, i feel like i'm suffocating! (but i'm really short waisted, so perhaps that factors in?)

    And everyone wears scarfs as accessories. if it's cotton or chiffon or lace, it's not meant to keep you warm.

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    1. I think I need to do a line up of fashionable women to just keep repeating to my BF that scarves as an accessory is A-OK!

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  21. Lol I love the whole scarves as an accessory thing and I have to say that leggings as pants are a no go!!! It is definitely like wearing stockings out... with no skirt! If you are going to wear leggings you need something longer - a tee a tunic a dress or something to cover up your butt. hah! I don't mind the low rise but as long as you don't see the muffin top haha.

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  22. When u said short sleeved turtleneck, all of a sudden, I panicked. I did own one years and years ago. I don't know why I had that. Even though not a lot of people can stand turtlenecks, they were essential items in my winter wardrobe for years ( yes, Canadian winters are brutal). I have eliminated most turtlenecks except a couple of the J. Crew tissue turtlenecks. They are very thin and body-hugging and I could wear them underneath a cardigan when it is bone-chilling outside.

    I don't get maxi dresses. Yes, I can understand if you're a size 0 or 2 and 5' 8" tall wearing those. But if you're very petite and on the chubby side, please don't wear those. I have seen many ladies with "visible" muffin tops wearing those and they are not very flattening.

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    1. J.Crew tissue t-necks, yes! Those are the only t-necks I can stand, the rest make me feel like I'm choking myself!

      And maxi dresses - I kind of love them but I literally trip all over myself in them! Probably just haven't found the right one.

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  23. Lisa this outfit is so pretty on you! I always admire how well you wear red.

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  24. LOVE your outfit!! It is perfection!
    And pretty much everything I wear people don't get. I sort of get the short sleeve turtleneck IF you wear it under a blazer or something, haha...because you don't want a bulky sweater under a tight blazer
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    1. I think I am just unfairly biased against t-necks in general!

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  25. Hubby and I were watching the movie "old school" the other night and the sleeveless turtlenecks were seriously bothering me- SO hideous. I use to have one too!

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  26. I like the pairing of the blue and orange. Very chic. I'm not a big fan of animal prints. I know, I know more shocking than the lady that doesn't like nail polish I know. I can handle it in small doses like a belt, or a pair of shoes but anything more and I start to get dizzy.

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    1. I adore leopard, but a weird quirk of mine is that if the leopard print is on a bag, belt or shoe, it's got to be in pony or calf. Otherwise, to me, it's just unrealistic - 'cause apparently I want people to think I'm wearing real leopard fur or something strange!

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  27. This is so funny! I go back and forth and the leggings issue to be honest. If it's with a long cardi or something that at least covers your butt then I think they're ok but if they're not "gym type leggings" then they're not pants! As for the short sleeve turtleneck, I have one! haha And I actually kinda like how I look but I don't wear it often because it's either too hot or too cold to put it on lol.
    I can't really think of sartorial pet peeves right now but JB absolutely hates full flare jeans. HATES. And this is a man who couldnt care less if I was wearing a sack of potatoes as long as I'm happy with it.

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    1. I'll let you in on a secret of mine - I do wear leggings sometimes on the weekend, but they're all the "gym type leggings" because I find them thicker and not see-through. Plus they hold their shape better and I don't end up with saggy butt or knee!

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  28. I don't get short-sleeve cashmere. Same principle as your sis's short-sleeve turtlenecks--if it's cold enough for cashmere, then it's also cold enough for long (or at least 3/4-length) sleeves.

    My ex-BF, whom I'm still friends with, didn't understand waist belts. Belt = thing that holds up pants, and if it's worn over a shirt at my waist, clearly it's not holding anything up.

    I do wear low-rise jeans--e.g. the "ultralow" Zelda fit at Express is the best fit on me--although I recently bought a pair from Guess that are too low even for me. I have muffin top, but since I'm a rectangular apple shape, my muffining occurs just below my (very high) waist rather than around my hips. I've yet to find any high-rise jeans that fit me properly because my waist is 2 sizes larger than my hips, and mid-rises cut my fleshiness exactly in half, which is never a good thing!

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  30. this is my first time visiting your site and its adorable! i love your style :) great necklace


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  31. So funny coz it's so true:p... Love the color of the dress, esp against the bag! And thanks for the idea:)

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  32. Scarves are defintely more than accessaries, but I admit I wear most of them only on the planes. I have short neck and scarve do not look flattering on me, but on the planes it is a must!

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  33. perfect dress!!

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  34. Leggings are *not* pants. Exactly. I hope I looked ok for the short time I wore low rise jeans. But yeah, they mostly look good on almost no one.

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  35. I am very flexible and I embrace and forgive a lot. I live in leggings, wear short skirts although I am past 30, and mix like crazy. One thing I do not like though is when women are overly done- you know the Barbie style ones- young or old -they all look the same - big hair, pouty pink lips, color head to toe. But I'd never say anything, I just look the other way.:)

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    1. Oh, you mean like every cast member from the Real Housewives! It's funny, I've watched that show so much that when I see them on TV, I think it is perfectly normal to be dolled up to the nines at 6am to go to the airport. Then when I see those ladies interact with "regular folk" that's when I slap myself on the forehead and remember that normal people don't get their hair and makeup professionally done to do a Starbucks run.

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  36. And you are rocking this lovely coral shade!

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  37. I completely agree re: short-sleeve turtlenecks. Same with sleeveless turtlenecks. What is the point, for god's sake?

    My BF also has very strong opinions on clothing. Ugg boots, dresses over pants, Crocs. I can't say I blame him. ;)

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    1. One area where BF has absolutely no say is footwear, because that man has not one, but two pairs of Crocs. And I admit, I too, own a pair of Crocs, but we consider them summer slippers and only wear them in the house when we're alone!

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  38. You look SO pretty in that dress! Love the gold belt and leopard shoes - so perfect :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  39. ummm that bag is AMAZING!!! totally jealous

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  40. Yeah the whole leggings thing bothers me.

    So do Uggs for that matter. I have a pair of fake ones but I use them only when taking my dog out when it's snowy out. Otherwise they are not seen in public!


    P.S. I'm hosting a Shabby Apple giveaway, come enter!

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  41. Love this look, that dress is so pretty!! I totally agree with the short sleeve turtlenecks - though sometimes cute, boggle my mind! I love accessorizing with scarves, leggings as pants don't bother me so long as there's no camel toe or cottage cheese visible LOL and low-rise is okay IF you don't have a muffin top, i mean, just buy the right size, right? Though, I don't want to see anyone's whale tail either...

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  42. I'm in love with that cobalt bag! My hubs doesn't get wedges, but I still rock 'em! Ha!

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  43. My likes and dislikes always change. I hated leggings, then I got over it. I thought accessories were useless, then I started liking them! For the longest time, I hated leopard prints and now I can't get enough of it. If there's one thing I realized, it's that pervasive fashions can overcome first impressions.

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  44. Love the outfit on you.

    The one fashion I do not get is..... sunglasses at night. No matter how much I try to understand why some people wear it... I just can't--I cant think of any excuse for them... do you have an explanation for this one? hehe

    Great post!

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    =) Congrats.

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  46. LOL - I actually have a ss turtleneck that works well when it's cool but not cold. I have been editing my closet and finally throwing out a lot of the turtlenecks I have. For some reason obsessed with keeping my neck warm, I suppose...

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  47. Love your entire outfit!

    I bought a cape right after the holidays, which I love, but I came walking out in it and my boyfriend said, "What is THAT???"

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  48. Ack! I love scarves as accessories AND short-sleeve turtlenecks! But, I end up rolling up all my log sleeves over the course of the day, so a short-sleeve turtleneck just saves me a step. (:

    Personally I still have a hard time wrapping my head around socks with sandals, and layering short sleeved tops over long sleeved tops. XD

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  49. I don't get 3/4-length sleeves. Like yours with short-sleeve turtlenecks, it makes me feel like saying , is it long or short? MAKE UP YOUR MIND!

    I like flats. Not a big thing, right? But I do have friends who think I am a fashion no-no if I wear skirts or dresses with flat shoes. I think it's kind of a thing that is based on traditional notions about how to pair items.

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  50. I wear a scarf about 300 days of the year, regardless of the weather, the situation, my outfit. I love wearing scarves.

    I also think leggings as pants is a no. Leggings as leggings with a tunic, short skirt, or whatever is perfectly acceptable, but I don't want to see the crack of your bum--front or back--when you wear leggings.

    xox

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  51. You are seriously the only person I have seen online who this dress looks amazing on! I think it's mostly the way you have it styled with the sleeves 3/4 and metallic belt, with heels. It looks much better, even compared to the model on the site. I cannot believe it - I overlooked this dress so many times and could not understand why people liked it so much. However, now that I've seen your blog and your styling, I want this dress and of course by now it's sold out! But I just wanted to say I thought you did a great job styling it, much better than the stylists for J.Crew!

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