Please welcome RITA award winning fellow Superromance author Beth Andrews to the convertible today! Here’s Beth …
Crimes of Fashion
I really enjoyed writing FEELS LIKE HOME, my August release for Superromance, mainly because the heroine, Yvonne Delisle, is so different from any other heroine I’ve written. She’s all about presenting a perfect facade to the world and, in the entire book, there are only two scenes where she’s less than perfectly made up or fashionably dressed. Now, for someone who pretty much lives in yoga pants and t-shirts, writing about someone so fashionable was a lot of fun.
Despite my own questionable working attire, I really do love clothes and fashion. I love reading fashion magazines and watching Project Runway and What Not To Wear. I even love to sew. While I don’t consider myself particularly fashionable or stylish, I have learned over the years what looks good on me (straight leg jeans) and what to avoid at all costs (pencil skirts and wide leg capris).
However, when I came across this list of The Best of the Worst Fashion Fads, I realized how far astray my fashion sense has roamed over my lifetime. So, in an effort to clear my conscience, I give you the list of The Best of the Worst Fashion Fads along with my declaration of guilt (or innocence) about each offense.
2. Ponchos – Guilty. The first time (or at least, the first time I remember) ponchos were popular was the mid 70’s and I happily wore the colorful knit poncho my mom had made me. The second coming of ponchos was when my own daughters were in children and while my older daughter avoided them like the plague, my younger one (then in preschool) had one. Even though I know ponchos are just plain wrong, she looked darn cute in hers 🙂
3. Spandex Pants – Innocent. Me + Spandex = Scary. ‘Nough said.
4. Midi Skirts – Innocent. Partly because these were before my time *g* but mainly because I’m too short to wear them.
5. Big Hair – *sigh* Guilty. Then again, I can’t think of anyone (other than my mother) who didn’t have big hair in the 80’s. My own Big Hair was curly and reached the middle of my back. My sister’s was shoulder-length but still seemed to take up more space overall. That girl had big hair. BIG HAIR.
6. Stirrup Pants – Guilty. Yes, I owned stirrup pants. Worse than that, I wore them. If memory serves, I may have even owned a pair of stirrup jeans that I wore with flats. For those poor pants that didn’t have stirrups sewn onto them, I had elastic clips that attached to the hem to keep my pants inside my boots (Oh, man, I had some really great boots in the 80’s!)
7. Visible Thong- Innocent. And really, REALLY glad of it (as is the world, I’m sure *g*)
8. Mullet – Uh…guilty (wincing). I had one for about a year while I waited for the sides of my hair to grow out.
9. Shrugs – Innocent. Although I have to admit, I thought some shrugs were sort of cute.
10. Harem Pants – Guilty. I actually had a jumpsuit type/harem pants…thing…I wore on my honeymoon. Hey, I was young and blinded by love. I couldn’t see what a hot mess I was! I also had a pair of high-waist, acid washed jeans with pleats (pleats!!) and tapered ankles. Good gravy, they were nothing BUT wrong.
(Helen here, after the fact. Ask and ye shall receive, Ellen. Here’s Beth in her harem pants!)
11. Acid Wash Jeans – Guilty (as noted above). And once again I’m forced to admit I was a teen in the 80’s and therefore deserve a pass on this one J
12. Low Rise Jeans – Innocent. I do wear low rise jeans but I think the list is referring to those super low rise jeans. You know, the ones that are really, really, oh-good-lord-you-can-see-lady-bits low.
As you can see, I’ve had my share of fashion failings, but they say confession is good for the soul *g* Are you guilty of any of the aforementioned Fashion Flubs? Any Fashion Flubs they missed? (I can think of a few *g*)
Beth is giving away a copy of FEELS LIKE HOME today, so please join in the conversation!