fashion don'ts.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


ed and i love to people watch. we also like to play a game that includes talking about what people are wearing as they pass by, and usually not in a constructive criticism sort of way. before you judge what horrible people we are (cause we're not) i'll also make fun of myself by saying that i dress like a really cute 5 year old. ed's pretty much awesome and we can't say anything bad about him. moving on.....

last weekend we sat outside at salumeria rosi for dinner and started our little game. we came up with a broad list of fashion don'ts and i knew i had to share it with you guys.

1. leggings as pants. leggings are an undergarment to be worn UNDER a dress or tunic. NOT to be worn with a tank top and denim jacket.
2. sneakers outside of the gym. if you're wearing skinny jeans and a cute top, why would you top that off with your gym shoes? 
3. flip flops on the street. i know i'm gonna catch a lot of criticism for this one, but i have always thought that flip flops are meant for the beach. it's understandable if you live in the suburbs and you're hopping in your car to get from one place to another. or maybe you live near the beach anyway. but new yorkers in flip flops just look like they're trying to get somewhere, and having a hard time flopping their way there.
4. crocs. if mario batali can't make them cool, neither can you.

if you are older than 80, these rules don't apply to you. you have made it this far, do as you please.

want to add to the list? go ahead and offend some people. it's fun.

35 comments:

Vivian said...

Between me and my boyfriend this past weekend, we broke all your rules (except crocs -- I want to burn them all.)

rebecca said...

vivian-
hilarious. unless you're 5 years old on the beach, crocs should be burned. no doubt.

Sandy Joe said...

I completely agree with all of those, especially the leggings although people in London have yet to get the memo.

x

Ana Degenaar said...

I agree with all of the above. Please. Don't

la petite coquine said...

LOVE THIS. Also, even though I think every woman on Earth, myself included is guilty of this: if you're clearly not exercising (lady, you are having lunch and a glass of wine at a café, your makeup is impeccable and you're totting nothing but your Speedy), do not wear your super cute, slimming yoga clothes.

Maggy said...

omg the Crocs. make it stop. then there is the so called "cute crocs" for women...hein.

benson said...

you need a couple of asterisks --
#1 *children under the age of 10 may wear leggings as pants because adults think they are so darn adorable (atleast this one does!)
#3* those living in sunny California or Arizona will be allowed to wear flip flops any time they like providing a pedicure is given before doing the naked feet thing.(hello 100+ degrees in Arizona in MAY!)
#4*those wearing crocs above the age of 5 will be flown to the land of Croc where they shall live with the rest of the fashion illiterate.

smithratliff.com said...

I love breaking rules. With the exception of crocs. Don't wear crocs.

dreamday said...

i'm guilty of your flip flop faux pas. the temptation lies in their ease... plus, you can show off a pretty pedi :)

rebecca said...

lena-
love your addition. just because it came from lululemon doesn't mean you should wear it on a lunch date. and yes, i am guilty as well.

benson-
your asterisks are genius! yes, if it's 100 degrees, flip flops are a go. and the land of croc! thanks for the smile.

Silver Strands said...

Uh oh ... I'm caught. I'm the flip-flop queen. But in my defense: it's so BLASTED HOT here in the Vegas area. To make me cover my feet - well, that would be cruel!

About Last Weekend said...

Don'ts: Wearing UGGS all the time. Which I do, all the time. I can't take them off, they are so hideous but so jolly comfy. This is what happens when you move out of the city because you think you won't meet anyone if you just pop out. Also wearing jandals (flip flops) ALL THE time. Again agree with you on those. I do this. Does nearly aged 50 count do you think? (Have fought off the croc thing but its only a matter of time...)

Louise said...

I completely agree with the "leggings are not pants" rule. It just shouldn't happen. My old Biology teacher wrote the same rule on the whiteboard with permenant marker once so no one could get it off(she was a bit of a kook). :)

Ana* said...

You pointed out 5 big don'ts, but I do love flip flops so I am caught... Crocs should have never been invented.

rebecca said...

about last weekend-
uggs are a great addition to the don't list. but i got it figured out... this past winter i bought uggs that are beautiful brown suede boots, but still have the uggy material on the inside. now i can wear uggs all day without looking like i strapped a loaf of bread around my ankles. win, win.

louise-
your bio teacher rocks.

Chessa! said...

I am SO happy that you included flip flops. they are ridiculous for the city. I don't mean the thick ones or sandals but the little skinny havainas that everyone wears in manhattan all summer long. ugh. those are for the country or the beach or inside your apt. I don't even want to step in a puddle when I'm wearing boots...why would I try to navigate rain in flip flops in the city? I can go on and on. it grosses me out. you might as well walk barefoot.

ok, now that I vented that I think I feel better.

rebecca said...

chessa-
glad you got that out. you pretty much summed it up for me.

Krystal said...

i'm so with you on the leggings as pants, i see that wayyyyy too often here!

JenLynn said...

too funny. My bf and I do the same thing, I have turned into this...and I'm so proud. And I agree with all your rules, you're right on.

Erin said...

One of my friends once told me that women wearing exercise clothes when not exercising have the "aesthetic of a fart." Too funny and too true!

(I admit I loooove my yoga pants and sneakers!)

rebecca said...

erin-
i admit i tend to linger in my yoga pants long after the workout is over. thus, i have the aesthetic of a fart on most weekends.

colleen said...

i do this allll the time. love a good judgement session. however, i do wear flip flops in the city. if it's the weekend and day time, besides a wedge i'm not sure what else i would wear! i can't wear flats or sneakers because sweaty foot = stinky shoe. what do you do?

rebecca said...

colleen-
i wear my birkenstock gizeh's everywhere, and i have stinky shoes.

Robin said...

After reading this post I know that we are kindred spirits. I have never been to New York (yet), so I may find pleasure in living vicariously through you, with your permission, of course.
And may I just add to your list
*I don't favor UGGs in any climate, but if you live in Arizona they are straight up ridiculous

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Uggs and sweat pants. This combination is so unsightly. I love Uggs for lounging around the house when it is cold. I don't actually own a pair. These are not outdoor shoes. Have you seen them when they get wet from snow???? They collapse. It's true.

Crystle said...

Say no to crocs!

(Also, love your blog!)

rebecca said...

robin-
under what circumstances would you even need uggs in arizona?

lisa-
wet uggs look like a wet dog.

prettybaby said...

love this list. i see the legging thing all the time and i'm always like "huh?" i've hated crocs since the first day i saw one of my friends wearing them as she professed "these are just so comfy!" & i half smiled and thought "yeah, but so ugly." hee hee.

xx

kitchu said...

yep. i'm definitely going to criticize but only because i LIVE in flip flops :) florida girl. they are my go-to shoes, and capris almost every.single.day- it's summer 9 months out of the year here, what can i say.

Chelsey Oliver: said...

I (honestly) could not agree MORE with you on each of these topics (and I live on the West coast!!) Imagine going to ASU, where it's hot as you-know-where and seeing girls wearing near-sheer leggings as pants!! (My eyes!!) Or the standard ASU sorority uniform: Mini skirt, UGG boots (in the summer!), a wife-beater tank top with a colorful bra underneath, giant sunglasses, a Starbucks in one hand and the canvas tote emblazoned with their sorority emblem in the other. There are no words...

PS... I do understand the flip-flop dilemma - but even though I live in AZ, I still only have one-pair (for the lake!!) I just think they take every outfit down a notch.

**End Rant**

rebecca said...

chelsey-
you summed it up perfectly. flip flops take the outfit down a notch, no doubt.

Emily said...

Ok, can we try to let the sneakers issue go? Some people under age 80 have actual foot/ankle issues!! (me). I've been in denial for years, but I'm at the point where it's either sneakers or limping after a few blocks (often followed by wearing a brace for a few days). And, I'm only 26. I get it's unfashionable, but some people have no choice. I hate to be this person, but this is a sensitive issue (and a daily dilemma) for me!

rebecca said...

emily-
i love your opposing opinion. thanks for sharing. i dealt with plantar fascitis for a couple of months and was also sporting sneakers with every outfit. though your foot dilemma sounds much more serious,i hope you can find some relief.

stephanie said...

so glad you mentioned the leggings thing. i include tights in there too. i live in alaska and tights as pants in the winter is stupid. not to mention, i don't want to see all of your junk.

Dayna Hutchieson said...

Oh I hate when people wear leggings with nothing else on over the top. Three people at my work wear them everyday and sometimes their even opaque I don't want to see your butt crack.

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