I started this blog in 2007 with the motto “Wear What You Want.” As I explain in my FAQ:
“I chose ‘Wear What You Want’ as my blog’s motto because I want people to know the style rules … and then break them! Forget the self-appointed fashion police who snark on anyone who shows a little creativity. If you’re going to a party, it’s just a few hours of your life. Don’t wear a boring black dress because you’re scared of standing out. Be the belle of the ball, not a wallflower! I live by my own motto. A noted fashion publication put my vintage leopard-print Patrick Kelly gown in a ‘Disaster Area’ feature. That immediately turned the dress into one of my favorites. I’ve worn it many times since … and always gotten a lot of compliments.”
That said, I must confess that I often look at someone and think, “That outfit is terrible!” I just don’t say it out loud — certainly not in person and very rarely online. What good would that do? Making a remark like that just ruins someone’s day. I don’t want to be in the business of ruining people’s days. Besides, if the person normally has great style … well, everyone has “off” moments. S/he probably knows it so there’s no need to rub it in. If the person has terrible style all the time, making a catty comment is unlikely to provide the magical good-taste transplant that would be necessary for long-term improvement. And, as the late, great Vogue editor Diana Vreeland said, “Too much good taste can be boring.” I get pleasure out of painful fashion. I realized today that I’m like that masochistic cow on Family Guy.
Speaking of Family Guy, as I always am, I’m excited to see its creator, Seth MacFarlane, perform big-band tunes at the Highline Ballroom tonight. Holla at me if you see me there — I’ll be the one wearing a nondescript black t-shirt and jeans.