Photo by Nicole Wong
Slouchin', doin' a triple denim thang with bananas on my feet; très vogue, non?
I say this in poorly replicated cross-continent accents, and from the comfort of my bed - tucked in cosily under the sheets, mug of hot berry tea in hand, Sex and the City marathon ongoing. With air-conditioning, of course. Safe to say, life feels pretty damn good right now.
And that's my cue to ruin the moment by digressing and stressing myself out with the analysis of a show, so as to prove a point. Naturally.
See, the fascination that teenage girls have with SATC and its counterparts (i.e.: The Carrie Diaries, the movie, etc.) is an intriguing one. When hooked, and trust me - that I most certainly am, you almost don't realise what exactly it is about the show that's strangely addictive. Sure, there's the charm of living in the Big Apple. The incredible clothes, tight group of girlfriends whose friendships seem to overcome all odds, the seemingly perfect dream jobs that also somehow manage to pay the bills and support their exorbitant (but somewhat relatable) lifestyles, problems that always work out and of course, the dreamy guys. And that's where the problem lies.
The show is about 30-going-on-40 women who constantly live in the ideal situation. Isn't that all completely unrealistic, not to mention unrelatable to us? We shouldn't be watching these shows and allowing ourselves to be the deluded into thinking that this sort of lifestyle is completely, effortlessly achievable for the everyday woman! Curse you, Carrie Bradshaw, with your hopeless romanticism and lifestyle purveying!
But the fact of the matter is, Carrie and the girls are the women we want to be when we grow up, whether we've admitted it to ourselves or not. They're our television-personality role models. And for all my obsession with the show, if there's something Carrie Bradshaw has taught me, it's that sometimes when it comes to fashion, more is simply more. Double denim? Pshhhhhht. Break the rules. Kick it up a notch with triple denim. Bananas and platforms - why the hell not? Wear whatever you want, whenever you want, and wherever you want.
Because whether your life is as faaaabulous as SATC or not, style is something no one can deprive you of. I could go on and on about this, but it's really all very simple.
Your style is yours, so just own the damn thing already.
And don't worry. Carrie approves.
Wearing thrifted dungarees, gifted denim shirts, Xccelerate platforms