In 2006 Justin Timberlake brought “SexyBack.”  Then what happened?  Shows like “What Not to Wear,” “America’s Next Top Model,” and “Project Runway” were huge.  So what has happened to fashion?

This is a bit of a soapbox topic for me, but I used to work at Express where we were told we needed to look like we just stepped off a runway.  Everyday.  Period.  No one would have DREAMED of wearing flip flops to work!  In fact, someone did once and was sent home.  I don’t think she came back.  Ever.  Now walk into “young” fashion stores like Express, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, whatever, what do you see?  Jeans, flip flops and pretty much anything goes!  (Oh yeah, we weren’t allowed to wear jeans either!  This was only about 10 years ago, btw.)

Now, you guys know I love to cook, so I watch “The Chew” and “The Kitchen,” and the fashion??  BLEH!  The ladies of The Chew should be ASHAMED with Clinton Kelly (yes, the HOST of “What Not to Wear”) standing right next to them!  I don’t care if it is a “cooking” show, SWEATSHIRTS or GRAPHIC T’s should NOT be allowed!  I love Sunny Anderson, but COME ON!  I’m watching an episode right now, she is wearing a grey, horizontal, wide-stripped tee with a gray, waffle hoodie sweatshirt!  Her hair is another story, but I’ll leave that alone.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?!  (Dear lord!  Just noticed Katie is wearing a brown and blue  wide, horizontal-stripped sweater with a HUGE ROOSTER on it!!  WHAT?!  WHY?!)  Sorry, where was I?  (OMG – just saw her skirt!!  add to the rooster sweater to an A-line pleated, black and red wide, CHEVRON-stripped skirt!!  Stop it.)

Okay, that’s it!  SOMETHING HAS GOT TO GIVE!!  I mean, even though I think she failed, at least Katie tried!  But this crap translates to the people watching!  Even to the point where my own father made a comment to me one time about women who would come into his shop.  He said “women don’t even try anymore.”  He was saying how women nowadays just throw on whatever is closest and easiest, no makeup, no effort.  I know we are busy, believe me, I know!  And yes, I know some people just don’t care about fashion.  But let’s take the word “fashion” out of this.  Let’s just say this is what you want the world to think of you.  I know this too could be argued.  BUT have you ever watched What Not to Wear?  The women get on there and BITCH about Clinton and Stacy throwing away their crappy clothes.  They argue that it doesn’t matter what clothes they wear, it is all about who they are inside.  But have you EVER seen an episode where there opinion didn’t completely change once they saw how nice they really could look?  NO!  I NEVER saw an episode where they got to the end and the chick was like, “Meh, it’s nice but…”  NO!  They were almost always in tears because they felt so good about themselves.  Why?  Because they were wearing nice clothes, makeup and their hair was done nicely.  That’s it!  No magic wand required.

I feel like somehow sites like “people of” became so popular that people feel like, “well, at least I look better than them!”  I really hope this isn’t the standard you shoot for!  Keep your standards high, ladies!  Remember, it doesn’t matter where you are going when you leave the house, what matters is how you feel about yourself.  How you feel about yourself is reflected in what you choose to wear.  It all goes together.  Let’s start showing people that we have pride in ourselves!  I’m not talking full makeup or an evening gown.  But even if you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt, put your hair back into a ponytail and throw on a little lip gloss!  Hell, I don’t leave the house without a little blush and lipstick on!  That’s it.  (I also keep a few shades of lipstick in my purse for those extra busy days!)  DO SOMETHING!  Make SOME effort!  That’s all I’m asking!

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