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Partying in the U.S.A is one thing, but walking around Paris wearing mom jeans is something that just can’t be ignored. If you flip to page 14 on People Magazine’s Best and Worst of 2009 Double Issue, you’ll see Miley Cyrus canoodling with possible new bf Liam Hemsworth (Oooh…Awww!). However, what was simply looked over were her clothes! Let me describe… High-Waisted, White, Pleated Cropped Pants, cinched with a Skinny Belt. Miley hasn’t been the only celebrity to have been seen in these, and she probably won’t be the last. (This is me coughing Ashley Olsen.)

Needless to say, I’m a little confused. This style implicates everything someone should avoid if wanting to be seen as “stylish” or well…out in public. Pleats, high-waisted, and a long droopy bottom?! I thought we had stopped this years ago…Remember the Mom Jeans?
If it wasn’t clear enough with the skit you may recall from SNL’s “Mom Jeans,” this style isn’t cool nor will it ever be! So why is it fashion gurus are claiming pleated pants as chic must-haves?! If only I had a clue!!!
Advisory warning: Pleated pants around your stomach only accentuate your stomach more, plus leave your (how do I put this politely?) crotch area looking baggy and twice the size.
If we’ve learned anything over the past decade it’s to leave mom jeans in the past. So to step forward into the new year, may I suggest we move on to better non-pleated things! It’s merely a suggestion!

Other Pics to Check Out!
Elle’s Street Chic
Refinery 29’s Pleated Pants


Did you hear about the new magical make-up?! It takes away wrinkles, pores, neck lines, and any blemishes you may have.  And if you don’t believe it, just look at the model of Lancome Paris Oscillation Power Foundation. A picture can say a thousand words…right?

Make-up at its best can help you have a smoother and more polished look. However, it doesn’t vanish wrinkles, pores, neck lines, or magically make your face inhumane. If you’re looking to get rid of wrinkles (try Botox), hairlessness (try laser hair removal), blemishes (try creams), and pores (try Photoshop).

The fact is these ads for make-up, hair, lip stick, fashion, and etc… are promoting their product which is one thing, but when the product they are promoting shows pictures of models with a blatantly unattainable look no matter how much stuff you slab on your face, hair, or body, it’s a bit ridiculous.  In this article I’m simply choosing to mock Lancome Paris; however, there are many other brands and magazines out their that are doing exactly the same thing.

You may not think it affects you by any means, but we are turning into a society where trying to be more healthy and beautiful hasn’t just become a desire but an obsession.  Honestly, how can you blame people when they are striving for a look they simply will never achieve?!  So next time you see a magazine promoting an ad with perfection as its underlying tagline, look for something else . You’ll be doing yourself a favor.

Most fashion bloggers might write about how glorious 5th avenue is while shopping in NYC, or how you can take one designer piece and pair it with another less expensive piece.  Although, what happens when that one designer piece isn’t even affordable on mine or yours best day?! However, what makes this blog different is I’m not going to lie to you and say that 5th avenue isn’t glorious because it is well…to look at least; instead, I’m going to tell you the truth of what happens while actually shopping in NYC. Unless you’re making the mega big bucks and in that case you can ignore everything I’m about to say.

Most people are looking into the windows and wishing you could sneak by that dude in the tux guarding the door that is giving you the look of “You’re not dressed well enough to even step foot in this store”. Of course I can’t speak for everyone, but the realistic perspective is that many people (like myself) who stare aimlessly into the windows of Versace and Fendi then head to actuality (a.k.a. the street vendor) to bargain with the man who is selling Pashmina scarfs for $5 (as if $5 wasn’t cheap enough). Call Reality Chic cheap, maybe? But realistic, no question!  If it wasn’t for the street vendors and H&M at every corner I don’t know what I and many of us would do while shopping in NYC?!

Let’s be realistic! When most of us say we are “shopping in the city” we mean looking for bargains whether it be on the street or in the giant retail stores. While NYC will always have the unattainable designer labels and the attainable knock offs, they will always have shopping! So rather than fantasizing about 5th avenue and designer labels often thrown in our faces.  Let this be a lesson, clothes are clothes and looking chic doesn’t mean having to have labels. And while all things might not be good to pick up off the street, some ITEMS might surprise you. Besides who said looking Street Chic couldn’t be taken literally?!

What’s In or Out Going Into 2010! 

In- Taking your dog to doggy parks.

Out- Carrying your dog in a bag.

In- Cigarette Pants

Out- Smoking them

In- Gladiator Heels

Out- Gladiator Flats

In- Dancing with a DIVA

Out- Acting like one

In- Golfers

Out- Tiger Woods

In- Bragging about your $5.00 shirt

Out- Bragging about your Louis Vuitton Purse

In- Publicity for a show

Out- Publicity for a SHOW (balloon boy)

In- Wendy’s Baconater

Out- Swine Flu

Feel free to add to the list…!

It’s been famously said that “Beauty is Pain”, and honestly how can you not agree?!  Ever since the days with corsets, girdles, and hoop skirts women around the world have not strayed far from the uncomfortable apparel to look good in the eye of society, and not too much has changed after all this time.  We may not wear corsets or girdles everyday instead we’ve graduated to far better things like stilettos, heeled boots, and even Spanx!  Of course these are all things which make us look better none which are comfortable by any means.  I, like many girls out there, often try to convince myself that wearing cute shoes all day is worth it!  That is until I come home to blisters, soreness, and my pride all which does nothing to help the throbbing pain in my feet. 

Sure we women have rallied throughout time…women running for president, women CEO’s, women’s professional sports, and more, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news!  We haven’t come quite as far as we thought in the fashion world.  From not being able to breathe to elevating our height at a steep slant to wearing undergarments that force fat into unknown places. It’s amazing that at some point our common sense has yet to sink in.

Where did comfort get lost in the mix and growth of fashion throughout all these years?!!  Will our only resort be Dr. Schultz cushions and cotton clothes??  If so…here’s a toast to the next 100 years of beauty and pain.  May your feet be pedicured (often), stomach be sucked in (frequently), and prayers for comfort and style  to be combined be answered (soon…preferrably).

While surfing  through my every day blogs and magazines on the internet, I started thinking about some of the weird celeb fashion that I’ve recently been looking at on the internet.  It has definitely absorbed a lot of my free time online ( well… that and Facebook), and I know there are many others bored in their jobs or have subscriptions to mags that are equally entertained by these celeb pics. They often read: Who was a hit or miss last night? or Who is on the worst and best dressed list on the red carpet?

However, it has become the job of many reporters to look at what these celebs wear not only on the red carpet but on a daily basis as well.  Even worse than that, many have now started analyzing what celeb’s kids are wearing.  I’m thinking the obsession might have just crossed the line?!  What is more degrading than looking at a celeb kid and realizing you’re never going to afford what Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Suri Cruise, or Paris Hilton’s dog is wearing?  Or should I ask what is more degrading than reporting about Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Suri Cruise, or Paris Hilton’s Dog?  And is it kind of embarrassing to be comparing our wardrobe to a 5-year-old or a chiuwuawa? Possibly.

My question I’m asking is do we really care??  Is it that big of deal what Jennifer Aniston wore to the airport or what shoes Suri Cruise went to the playground in?  I think not. 

So I’m offering advice to those like myself and who are surfing the net for some healthy entertainment.  Let’s take control of our lives, skip the Celeb Kids section, and move on to better forms of healthy entertainment like internet games (sarcasm)!

There have been multiple reports of ladies not balancing out their outfits.  Wearing only professional business-like apparel (Hillary Clinton) or wearing only show-stopping numbers (Heidi Montag) are not two choices that any woman has to make when going to an everyday event.  There are 3 ways to take advice from a mullet and combine the best of both worlds!

If you are like me, your ultimate problem for choosing an outfit is deciding between the two spectrums of your wardrobe…the going out side versus the professional side.  I’ve wondered about how to combine the best of both worlds without looking like a Boring Bonnie or Heather Hooker for quite some time now.  It’s often you find yourself trying to look somewhere in between these polar opposites or let’s at least hope so.

There are 3 easy ways to add some flavor into your everyday apparel:  Sparkle, Pearls, Satin!

If you have a cute outfit in mind but it’s a little dull, a great way to add some flavor is a sparkly accessory.  Don’t go all Mariah Carey on me, but one sequined bag or glittery bracelet will be just enough to glam up your outfit!

Second, while I’m a fan of classic pearls there is a better way to make an outfit outshine the simple look.  Pearls are popular right now so they are very easy to find.  Try looking for long pearl necklaces that can be draped around your neck twice.  This can make any black sophisticated look up the ante!

Satin material does wonders for making pants and shirts look like pricey items.  Satin gives enough shine to an outfit and can be worn basically anytime of day.  Luckily this trend is in, so next time you’re shopping, look for a satin pant or cropped style.  Dress it up at night with a red-hot flowing shirt or dress it down during the day with some flats and a white tee.  It’s a great material that can bring your outfit to life!

Try using one of these 3 tips next time you’re going out on the town for a day and see if it helps!  So last but not least I’ll leave you with the one question that threw me for a loop…Who would of thought Billy Ray Cyrus’s hair would ever give inspiration to anything?!  Some might say it’s a gift from one of life’s little wonders and others might say we’re just lucky to have gotten anything from that era! 

Warning:  This message is in no way, shape, or form promoting the wearing of a mullet!

Reality Chic: Because real people don't wear sparkle pants to Olive Garden!

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