I was reading Harper's Bazaar the other day. I have an odd addiction to fashion magazines, especially Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar was quite like Vogue. I hate the Cosmopolitans and Glamours, all that "what does he really like in bed?" business, but I adore reading about fashion. Who are the hot new designers? What's the must-have bag of the season? Where does Chloe Sevigny shop for vintage Lanvin and Dior? How far can Miuccia Prada take the "so ugly it's beautiful" aesthetic?
It's not like I spend my money on Marni jackets and Chrisian Louboutin heels. That's the joke. If anything I am way too familiar with the Banana Republic sale room. I just don't know how people spend that kind of money. I mean, $800 for a Nicolas Ghesquiere tank with some sequins on it, a tank top! Sometimes I'm reading Vogue, and there's a profile of a pretty young thing (not necessarily a model or movie star) who talks about wearing Zac Posen for parties and Tuleh dresses for less formal occasions. How does she afford that? It baffles me.
OK, here's one. In this month's Vogue, a freelance writer, Sarah Harris, says,"I can't think of anything that beats a Lanvin silk shift that suspands from the shoulders." She's a freelance writer! I guess if you're being quoted in Vogue you are probably doing OK, and maybe she has a trust fund, but still.
So I was reading HP and I came across an article on dressing for your age, which I thought I should read carefully since I am now 40. Here are some of the rules I should be following:
As you get older, showing less is more. (OK, I agree with that.)
No sneakers - the only people who run are children and thieves. (Well that's just ridiculous. Are we supposed to work out, garden, and run errands in Manolos?)
After 40, no shorts. (Maybe no short shorts, but the slim above-the-knee kind are OK. Actually I would never wear shorts unless I was hiking or camping.)
Under 30, don't wear real jewels. Over 40, no costume jewelry - only the real thing. (my favorite earrings are a pair I got from a street seller in New York for $5. I can't give up cheap jewelry. The real jewels I have: a strand of pearls, diamond earrings, and my engagement ring. That's enough. Eric's not allowed to buy me any more.)
Stop wearing your hair long at 40-ish. You look too young from the back and too old from the front. (I kind of agree with this, to an extent. My hair is quite long now; I like the option of a ponytail. But next time maybe I'll get it chopped to shoulder length.)