The Side Effects of Derelicte

I recently came across this photo of a fashion blogger in New York during fashion week. I’m not going to identify her (I’ll call her Blogeuse) because this post isn’t really about her or her blog; it’s about a general fashion attitude that makes no sense to me. This picture really made me stop and think: When it all comes down to it, how is she dressed any differently from the girl in the teal sweater?

Because really, both outfits aren’t stellar. Blogeuse’s dress is shapeless, with no embellishments or tailoring or intricate construction to indicate higher quality. Teal Sweater Girl at least wearing some color, but that skirt is not the best choice, especially with those beat-up, rather ugly flats. Then again, Blogeuse’s shoes aren’t especially flattering either. Both girls aren’t wearing much makeup, and don’t appear to have spent much time on the hair.

Really, the only way to tell that one girl is into fashion and the other is the quality of Blogeuse’s shoes and bag. And maybe her highlights.

Blogeuse obviously cares about fashion, otherwise she wouldn’t have a blog in the first place, or pilgrimage to NY for fashion week. Teal Sweater Girl is carrying shopping bags, so she might have interest in fashion, but the verging-on-frumpy skirt and shoes indicate she probably doesn’t. Looking at the two of them, they might be shopping together. There isn’t much that stands out between the two girls that says one is a Fashionista.

But most fashion people would say that one is miles more fashion-forward than the other. Bloguese is all about legs and edgy shoes and Erin Wasson. Teal Sweater Girl is démodé and frumpy.

So what gives? What’s the point of being into fashion if you end up looking nearly identical to people who aren’t into fashion? Why bother spending $200 on a dress or lusting after designer shoes when you can achieve the same effect by simply not caring?

No offense meant to the blogger–she can dress that way if she wants. I just think it’s weird that  people put so much time and effort into looking like they don’t care, when they end up looking like all the people in “Middle America” that they claim to detest.


2 thoughts on “The Side Effects of Derelicte

  1. I’m afraid that shirt/dress belongs in a ‘Don’t Show-cha Your Cho-cha” round up!

    I just wanted to pop over and thank you for entering the giveaway for my calendar over at Daddy Likey. We still have a few left for sale if you’re interested! (cough, shameless self-promotion, cough) 😉

  2. I’d take teal sweater girls outfit anyday. OK the shoes leave a little bit to be desired but the skirt, while not cutting edge fashion, looks comfy and practical for day to day wear. I often wear something similar for around and about town wear. I dont need to inpress everybody just look OK and above all be comfortable

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