Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Each day I have made it a point to read through one of the numerous magazines I have stockpiled over the last several months.
So, I'm reading. And I'm fuming. Why? Because I'm wondering who makes up these ridiculous rules about fashion that we are to look at and purchase.
Now I have a good variety of magazines here - ladies' journal types, home improvement, celebrity gossip, awesome recipe and entertaining guides, and more.
What I'm disgusted about at this moment are those pages in which a complete stylish ensemble is shown. I suppose the deal is this: buy these components and put them together like this and you will look just fabulous.
Ummmm no. Not gonna happen with this gal.
I will give three examples here to back up my disgust, all taken today from the June 2013 issue of the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. And yes, this home and garden magazine does have a monthly style section.
Total, not even including any of the shown jewelry accessories or shoes = $341.50
The way I figure, after I would add some shoes and jewelry, AND purchase a wedding gift, I'm nearly up to spending about $500 to look spectacular while attending a wedding.
I don't even like this outfit. At all.
Here are the stats:
Total, again not including any of the dozen or so pieces of jewelry I see there, or shoes = $204.99. Maybe I am unique, but I don't buy dresses in that price range. I might consider doing so only if I was shopping for a mother-of-the-bride dress.
Besides, what is so great about that dress. It's just a simple, color block sundress. Kinda boring.
Her five bracelets and a pair of earrings aren't included in this total = $303.99.
$300 dollars for an outfit to sit at a picnic table and later play yard darts? I think not.
There is only one other observation that I have made repeatedly when reading these magazines. Most magazines have a Letters to the Editor section where people write in and comment on something they saw in a previous issue. I have NEVER read one of these letters in which a reader mentions heading straight out to purchase a shown outfit. Never.
However, on occasion a reader will write asking what are these people thinking? What normal people can afford to dress like this?
Oh, wait. Did I send in that letter?
What do you think? Am I out in left field here?