I am not any sort of a fashion icon. I don't think I am a fashion victim (most of the time), but I have for a long time been using the excuse of being a poor college student as a reason for not being entirely fashion conscience. I am trying to change this (I'm still poor) little by little so that I look more like the adult that I actually am and less like a 20-something college student that I am not. I was starting to feel pretty good about the direction I was heading when yesterday I was lead to believe that I am still not up to par. I was walking down the hall at work feeling all good about what I was wearing when the fashion teacher walked by me, obviously looked me up and down, and then continued walking. The thing is I know this teacher very well and after checking me out she didn't even say hi or acknowledge me even though we were 2 of 4 people in the hall at the time. So that leaves me to assume that she was so embarrassed by what I was wearing that she was trying to pretend that she didn't know/see me. This is what I was wearing: A thin (not bulky) black sweater turtleneck, dark, straight-leg jeans, black patten heels (the jeans were long enough to cover all but the toe of the shoes), and a silky black with white polka dot scarf thingy as a headband. I still don't think there was a problem with what I was wearing, but maybe you should take my bit of fashion advice for what you will.
I have discovered a new favorite store: Steve and Barry's (at 5546 South Van Winkle Expressway Murray, UT). If you haven't yet heard of this store, its basic premise is that fashion and quality needn't be expensive. What they do is go out and get famous people to come in and help design clothes for their stores that they sell for no more than $20. Sarah Jessica Parker (a bit of a fashion icon) is one of these individuals and has helped design a label called Bitten. And she actually wears this stuff around (I've seen pictures) so for $20 or less you can wear the same shirt, jacket, pants, skirt as Sarah Jessica Parker. That way when someone compliments you on the shirt you are wearing you can casually say, "I saw Sarah Jessica Parker wearing it the other day and just had to have it." That would impress me. Among the other stars helping us out are Amanda Bynes (her line suits teens and young 20s) and Venus Williams (a sporting line). There are men's and children's clothes as well, but I didn't check out that part of the store. So far I've only been once (sadly I don't live close enough to go a lot--maybe that's a good thing) but I came home well satisfied and looking forward to my next trip up. So there it is, a little fashion advice from a struggling fashion victim.