Friday, December 5, 2008

tasteless encounters of the trashy kind

Do you ever get a compliment from someone who has absolutely no taste at all??? Perhaps someone you'd even call "trashy"??? Well, it's seriously causing me a giant mindfuck right now.

Let me first say that I pride myself on my fashion sense. I love my clothes. They define me. Literally. I love putting together the perfect, well-balanced outfit. Just like art and design, an outfit should be balanced in color, shape, fit and exude the "look" you are going for. Part of having a fashion sense is knowing what that "look " is and how you're going to pull it off without seemingly trying too hard. I'm sure ...love Maegan would understand what I'm saying here. I enjoy this part of my day. Usually I visualize an outfit before I put it on. On occassion, I have a bad day and nothing I own fits right or "feels" right and I try on like 20 outfits. You all know what I'm talking about. My friends and family will tell you that, with the occassional exception*, I am dressed to kill. Every day. Of. My. Life.

The other day a stranger on the elevator complimented me on my gloves, which are the cute knit kind with the fingertips missing. They are not the truck driver fingerless kind, or the homeless person fingerless kind. I wear them so i can use my iPhone's touchscreen when I'm wearing the gloves. Also, sometimes it's chilly outside but not freezing enough for fingered gloves, and when I carry my iced Venti unsweetened green tea, I need something to keep my hands from freezing off. Anyway, so this lady has blond hair with like 5 inches of roots showing, is wearing an oversized, worn, old, nasty men's leather jacket, a plain ill-fitting black skirt, and GET THIS, black stockings with open-toed shoes! In December! ARGH. I'd shoot myself in the head before I wore something like this.

So this woman compliments me. What the hell am I supposed to think? If SHE likes my gloves, should I throw them away? Give them to goodwill? Burn them in an seance offering to the God of Tackiness? This is like a car salesman telling a meat packager that he likes the way he covers his salami. It makes no sense. Now I like a good compliment, and I'll retort with a swift "why, thank you!". But I prefer these compliments to come from people who's taste I respect, like, can appreciate, whatever. Now you probably think I'm a whiner or that I'm asking for too much. But I think not! By her complimenting my gloves, she's was basically insulting me! Saying that SHE would wear my gloves, which means that they are tainted and tasteless. That, people, is a serious blow to my fashionistical (?) mind and soul. God save my wardrobe. Amen.

*occassional exceptions include the "so called" cut-off jean shorts my BFF claims I wore the day we met (which is a total lie), a seethrough orange flowy fairy-like top with lots of sporatic sequins (which I still own), too-tight white jeans that showed off the cellulite, a brief obsession in the 7th grade with a Luke Perry 90210 t-shirt, and once I wore a sweater with a gaping hole in the armpit because I didn't know it was there. I encourage any friends and family that read this blog to add to this list if I've forgotten anything.

THE DAILY SASS:
"Yup. She's definitely a close-talker."

18 comments:

  1. First of all, if you didn't know the gaping hole was in the armpit of the sweater - it doesn't count as a fashion faux pas.

    Your experience with the poorly dressed woman is a classic one. If my friend/relative with poor taste likes my clothes/decorating, does that mean I've screwed up? Crap. I like to think not, but it DOES screw with your head. I get it.

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  2. At the pediatrician this woman walks in and introduces herself and the receptionist says loud enough for everyone to hear her (children) "that is a COOL ASS name!"

    Your story reminded me of that, don't know why.

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  3. I'm with you Sass: if a tasteless train wreck tells me I look good, I think "Shit, time to change my style..." I can't help it either.

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  4. Where was your "so called style" in the Grand. Ralph said we all looked like train wrecks!

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  5. I'm gonna guess that this Anonymous commenter is my friend JACKIE! Love ya, babe! Glad you're reading my blog darling. And yes, I should have mentioned in my post that I took a fashion-break for the week I was in the Grand Canyon and lived in a dirty tank top and workout pants for a week. It was gross. But fun.

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  6. Sassy,

    As you say, putting together the perfect outfit requires planning, visualization, and knowing how to put all the pieces together. So often, trashy people are not VOID of taste but have really just missed the mark in a few places. I.e we all want to be blond, but you and I realize what subtle highlights look like and this lady got confused.

    Perhaps I reveal too much hippie spirit here, but acknowledge the sisterly unity here! Take the compliment, and continue to serve as an Avatar of Fashion for the people who still have a long way to go.

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  7. Maybe, just maybe, the woman is on the verge of breaking out of her bad taste and seeing your gloves has put her over the edge and is in Macy's as we speak. Maybe.

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  8. I had to laugh because when I'm shopping alone and I want to someone else's opinion, I always look around for someone who is dressed in a way that I would dress. Often hard to find.

    If it was a shirt I might say, give it to Goodwill but I don't think it's worth it over the gloves.

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  9. Okay, do not throw the gloves away. This is how I would rationalize, even people with no gift for music, art, dance or whatever can still appreciate beauty when they see it. Does that work for you? If not I can come up with another.;-)

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  10. Thanks for all your comments folks! RB and I work together so we discussed this for a while. I agree with something she said: it's like a bunch of circles, each person is a circle. While most of this woman may not line up with my tastes, maybe there is a small part of our circles that overlap. I can accept that. Thanks, RB!

    La Belette: I really would love to hear another, just for the sake of it? And the fact that you make me laugh!...

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  11. I found you from ...Love Maegan and you are too cute!!!

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  12. hahaha! you are a riot!

    you know, I'm the type of person that would have given the lady a compliment back, "I LOVE your roots!"

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  13. you should be flattered because just because someone can't put togather an outfit themselves (or fix themselves nicely) doesn't mean that they can't appreciate it in others!! :)

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  14. Maybe she has terrible taste in everything but gloves?

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  15. Sometimes, even the impaired get it right. I think prehaps you need to let it pass. If you like it, go with it.
    Are white jeans making a come back? I saw a commerical featuring white jeans, and now I'm worried.

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  16. I agree with everyone. I think I came off bitchier in my post than I meant to. It was supposed to be funny. I would never actually stop wearing something I liked because someone I thought didn't have good taste liked them. She was actually very nice about it and I thanked her and told her where I bought them. Thanks everybody for the comments!!!

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  17. PS - White jeans are totally making a comeback! If you don't have a pair, get one!

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