Friday, May 30, 2008

Letting go of the fashion crutch

I'm not sure when a pair of sunglasses perched in my hair became my fashion crutch, but it's time for it to go. It's not as dire as kicking cigarettes to the curb, but this is going to be one hard habit to break.

I choose glasses on their ability to stay on the top of my head and hold my hair back. The cheaper the better -- that way I can stash a pair in the car (just in case), and when they stretch out, I'm not too sad about retiring them.

I can't even tell you when I started my glasses codependency; back in the flannel filled days of the late 1990s, my fashion security blanket was a beat-up denim shirt, tied around my waist at all times. I still have that shirt, but haven't worn it in at least 10 years. So why can't I extract those glasses from the top of my head?

I recently saw a pic of me that was horrifying on many levels, but those H&M sunglasses doubling as a headband really bugged me. Taking the glasses out of the pic wouldn't have changed my posture, my facial expression or the death grip I had on that glass of chardonnay, but it would it have helped me look less ... dated. Ugh.

Starting right now, I'm going to use sunglasses for only their intended purpose: shielding my eyes from the sun.

What's your fashion crutch?


  1. Sunglasses for me too. Except I can never find a pair that is comfortable to wear on my head!

  2. Cute eyeglasses from the Dollar store. I've had laser surgery and don't really need them, but they come in colors. They probably look like horns.

  3. black knit shirts with 3/4 inch sleeves.

    cropped pants.

    a gap t-shirt.

  4. Take $20 worth of material and labor, add label, tell people how wonderful it is. Sell it for $200. It's been happening forever. It's called "marketing".

  5. Black pants. I wear them every flipping day. All year.