Fall is here. Well, maybe not officially, but for all intents and purposes. We're still hitting temperatures in the 80's and 90's here in Orange County. I'm living in shorts and flip flops and probably will continue to do so for quite awhile.
I love this time of year. There are moments when I wish I lived in a climate that would allow me to wear thick, cozy, sweaters and feel brisk air on my cheeks. Then I come to my senses, head to the beach in my t-shirt, and thank God that I rarely have to endure a temperature below 72 degrees. I hate to be cold. Truly. If I ever get transplanted to Chicago or somewhere like that, I think I'll die of exposure to the elements. I don't even know how to dress, or live, or survive, in cold weather.
My boys are in school, and TR is on her return trip to college. When she arrived home from her summer partying studying at Cambridge University in England, she was full of fashion news. TR spent a lot of time visiting other countries during her nine weeks abroad. Being a lot more girly than her mom, she noticed the fashions in Paris, Prague, Dublin, Barcelona and everywhere else she went. She came back reporting, "ruffles, bows, frilly stuff!" Sure enough, as we were out in the stores getting her a few things for college, I saw a lot of "frilly" in California department stores.
I wasn't buying it, but I was seeing it.
(Male readers? You might be bored today. On the other hand, you might use this post for ideas on gifts for the females in your life.)
The Victorian look is back. Because it was so flattering the first time around back in the 1800's?
Who, exactly, would look good in something like this? I'd have to strap my boobs down with tape to try and keep the buttons from popping off. That is not a very comfortable proposition. Can we all stop and say "hideous" to the Victorian idea? Ladies, if you do buy something like this, make sure you buy a corset to wear underneath. Never forget a corset if you are wearing Victorian. (And duct tape to flatten out your boobs.)
Blouses with large, horrendous, bows at the collar are also in style.
Now that's an attractive look. I've always wanted to walk around looking like an ugly, discarded, birthday present. Doesn't the bow just yell, "Three year old!?"
Of course, if you want sexy you can always wear the other Fall Trend, the sheer see-through blouse. It's another practical item I'm sure we all want in our closet. Just make sure you have a sexy bra on underneath because the blouses are completely transparent. I was going to post a picture of one, but? There's nothing to SEE.
For the bottom half of our bodies, the flared mini-skirt is back.
Wouldn't that look great with a Victorian blouse?
Now, I know you're a little skeptical. Most of my readers don't live in Southern California. You're wondering how you can possibly keep warm in your transparent blouse and flared mini-skirt, aren't you? Well, it will be no problem. Just throw on your pastel colored coat as you head out the door.
We all want to look like a ghastly Easter egg in the middle of winter, don't we? And think about the dramatic effect when you remove your pastel coat to reveal your flared mini-skirt and abominable big-bow-blouse.
Big-bow-blouse. Try saying that five times fast.
Let's move on to your feet. Boots are in.
The other big trend in boots is the fringed boot.
I was going to move on to lingerie, but I think I'll save that for another day. A person can only handle so much high fashion at one time. Even a fashionista like myself.