Silver Multi-Chain Necklace: Forever 21 | Army Green Utilitarian Jacket: Forever 21 | Distressed Brown Top: Forever 21| Leather Skirt: Forever 21 | Stacked Booties: Forever 21 |
Photo Credits: Jurgen T. Estanislao
Earlier this week, a friend told me that Utilitarian Fashion is as good as dead–that and its various spawns: Military Boot Camp fashion, band jackets, distressed and ratty Decarnins, Lace-up Booties, and the like. It has to die, its death will pave the way to minimalist classics, she said.
“Besides, it’s long past its expiration date.” My friend affirmed. “Let’s move on.”
Excuse you! First of all, minimalist classics are called classics precisely because they never go out of style. NEVER!!! Second, I refuse to think Utilitarian Fashion is dead. I believe it’ll live past 2010–especially with the likes of Rihanna, Ke$ha, and Miley Cyrus (to an extent) grazing the music scene. Besides, Utilitarian/Military fashion makes it easy for people to have an excuse not to dress over-the-top.
I have this obsession with the whole rolled-out-of-bed look and I blame one of Jude Deveraux’s books for this (I was in High School and the library ran out of classics, I don’t make it a habit to read harlequin novels, believe me). I love how effortless yet fierce it seems (though I strongly advise that you simply mimic the look and do actually shower before stepping out of the house, really).
Obviously, my friend disagreed. She rolled her eyes and said: “Easy for you to say, Ms. I’m-half-Caucasian. You can pull the look off.”
Personally, despite the fact that I am half-Caucasian, my physical appearance = 85% Asian. If you shove a band jacket on some Russian model, it’ll look super strong and bad ass, but on me, it’ll look like a fourteen-year-old wearing her dad’s over-sized ROTC uniform to play the part of the rebellious teen.
But that’s what I actually like–the disparity! I like how you can make a cute little peanut (AKA: Me) look awesome in tough-girl pieces (check this issue’s Vivi Magazine). Throw in the super flattering red lipstick into the mix and you’re set (I use Bobbi Brown’s wine colour–it’ll look like it’s Burgundy but it is not, it’s actually a strange tangerine colour you can easily build on top of)! You be the judge!
A short disclaimer: You may or may not have noticed that every article of clothing I’ve worn in this set comes from Forever 21. FYI, I am not one to wear an entire ensemble purely taken from one brand only but as it is, I am one of Forever 21’s brand ambassadors (view post about it here). Suffice to say, this is a necessary evil. Rest assured however, I was not forced to do this, and to the brand’s defense, you can literally cook up an entire “look” based on their varied collections. You know that I won’t ever endorse a product I don’t believe in so safe to say, and rest assured, I am wearing Forever 21, from head to toe, pretty much because I believe that each piece is strong enough to stand on it’s own and strong enough to mix in with the rest, collectively. Besides, you can practically find EVERYTHING, and I say: EVERYTHING, under Forever 21’s roof. Let’s not forget, it’s bang for your buck!
Don’t forget! Forever 21’s Launch Party is this coming Saturday, November 20, 2010. To score invites, just purchase 5,000 PHP worth of gift cards.
If you are unable to join, however, you can help me spread the word, and get a chance to win this–learn how from this post!