Y’all, we’re in the middle of an epidemic. It’s been going on since the late 2000’s and while I would love to say we might see the end soon, I’m afraid it isn’t so. Pant imposters are taking over the market left and right and as the consumer- we can’t seem to stop purchasing, or wearing, these spandexy numbers. It’s getting bad. Case in point: we have leggings, jeggings, and now…treggings.
Here’s an example of each:
Nothing new to the fashion scene (did we forget what happened in the 80’s??), leggings are essentially thick tights with less seams. The pair above is $3.90 from Forever 21. You can also have running leggings (made from athletic material).
A jegging is literally a legging made from denim (or denim like) material because…jeans weren’t comfy enough as it is? This pair is also from Forever 21.
A tregging is a legging with trouser details. It is technically a mix between a trouser and a leggings, although honestly, only a few small trouser details made it into the batter (like pockets and waistband). This pair is from h&m.
In my opinion, they’re all pretty much leggings. I feel like some very savvy marketers came up with the name ‘tregging’ to help Millennials justify that they are actually wearing real pants to work. Attaching real pockets is also a way that girls are cheating their way through this very famous buzzfeed chart:
While I’m not condemning leggings of any sort, I feel that they are very much reserved for weekend wear. I am a Millennial and during this horrible epidemic I have been guilty of wearing everything from tights as pants (yes, 2008 was not a good year) to treggings (before they were even called that). The important thing is that you know what works for your body and how to style it correctly for your shape (sounds like good potential blog post). And remember- if it ends in ‘–egging’ keep it out of the office!
Maybe you’ve just landed your dream job, only to realize that your clubbing outfits from college (or your last job’s uniform) won’t cut it at your new corporation.
Perhaps your kids are (finally) out of the house and you decide it’s time to upgrade your furniture from that time you bought out Ikea 20 years ago.
Or, you could just be tired of being fat, eating unhealthy, not exercising, and/or just not feeling your best.
Whatever the case, you’ve made the decision to upgrade your life. In essence, ‘upgrading your life’ just means that you’re switching out the old for a high quality newer model. It all sounds good in theory. I mean, how many times have we heard these phrases: “The new diet starts Monday!” or “I am going to buy less and buy better”. The key is to not only follow through with your changes, but successfully make them into permanent habits. Here’s how:
1. It’s all about Motives. First, determine your motives. WHY do you want a more high quality lifestyle? Is it to enhance your career? Impress a guy/girl? Make day to day life easier and more pleasurable for yourself? Show up your neighbors? Whatever the reason, you’ll need to figure out what drives you. If there is a weak (or no) motivating force behind a goal, there will be no change.
2. Choosing your upgrades. Most of the time, you know what you want to upgrade. Right now, all my shoes, save for a few pair, are looking a bit rough. It’s time for new shoes and I am looking to get some that are more professional and last longer (read: upgrade). You might, however, just have an idea of what you want to achieve (ex: I want to look more professional), without knowing how to go about that. If you are in that camp, I recommend looking at people who you admire and would like to emulate. What about them do you want for yourself? (Side Note Warning: just because it works for one person, doesn’t mean it works for everyone. See #4)
3. Set your priorities. Decide what changes are most important to you. Maybe you care more about upgrading your eating habits than your shoe collection. Maybe a newly furnished house is more important than designer makeup. Make a list of areas in your life that you wish to upgrade. Now- and here’s the hard part- only tackle one thing at a time. No one has the time, energy, and money to wake up on a Monday morning and instantly start eating better, exercising, buying a new wardrobe, redecorating, etc.
4. Know thyself. Just because a certain diet, style, or hobby works for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you. For example: I am vegan because I believe it is a healthy diet. Someone who is paleo might say the exact same thing, even though the diets are very different. Is one person wrong? Of course not! It’s just that different choices work for different people. If everyone in your office wears a certain brand of shirt, should you go out and buy the same brand even though the fit isn’t good for your body? Of course not. Know what works for you and what doesn’t. This is also why knowing your motives is important. If you are motivated by ‘impressing others and trying to fit in’, you will buy the shirt that doesn’t fit because it’s cool. If you are motivated by ‘looking professional in your workplace’ you will find a similar shirt in a brand that works for your body type.
5. Shoot low and go slow. You are more likely to achieve the lifestyle changes that you want, if you create lower, attainable goals and set a realistic pace. You wouldn’t go from the couch to a half marathon and you wouldn’t go from a lifetime of thrift clothes to Armani. Patience is the key here. Start small and then build. What’s the step up from where you currently are? Try that out and see if you like it. Then keep going. If you decide it’s not worth it or you don’t like the upgrade, it’s painless to switch back. For example: Say you want to try nicer makeup than what is offered at a drugstore. Instead of going to Barney’s and buying out the whole Chanel counter, try going to Ulta and getting a makeover. If you like a product better than one your currently using, THEN buy it. If you buy one nice piece of makeup a month over the course of the year, it will be easier on your budget and the transition to your goal.
With enough patience and discipline, you can pretty much achieve any lifestyle (within reason) that you would like. Now, if you’d excuse me, I need to work on my shoe collection.
We all have those websites. You know what I’m talking about. The ones that you mindlessly troll whenever you get a free moment. Sometimes it’s shopping websites, sometimes it’s a blog, and pretty much all other times it’s Pinterest.
My latest website obsession came to me via a Facebook ad. So, way to go Facebook- your algorithms to find out what I love are painfully (and creepily) accurate. The ad showed this pair of shoes:
Uh, who wouldn’t click the link? They are pretty much perfect. Traditional ballet slippers look frumpy, the loafers from the past couple years look dated, but these…these puppies are spot on.
And how great are these sandals? It’s completely a one and done sort of deal. Why bother with 27 flip flops from Target when you can have these? (ps. If you actually have 27 flip flops in your closet you could have easily bought 3 pairs of these with the same money)
So simple. So perfect. With a 4.25” heel, there is no way your legs won’t look stellar. Unless you have no idea how to walk in heels…then you will look like a fool. In that case, you’d better stick with their great selection of flats.
If 4.25” is a little frightening to you, check out these beauts. The color is so fresh and so surprisingly not reminiscent of a 90’s bride maid dress.
One thing I really like is that they don’t have a ton of shoes. They’re not lacking by any means, but it’s also not like logging into zappos or DSW and having to wade through the chaos of ugly to get to the cool things. It’s curated, simple, and exactly fills the bill.
I haven’t ordered anything yet, but that’s mostly because I can’t decide on what to get. Until I do decide, you know where I’ll be spending my extra moments (aside from Pinterest, of course). Check out their website here: M. Gemi.
I don’t like to subscribe to many newsletters (who has time to read a ton of those everyday?) but one I’ve held onto over the years (read: have not rerouted to spam) has been the occasional NJAL newsletter. NJAL stands for ‘Not Just A Label’ and showcases contemporary designers that they feel to be pioneers in the industry. It’s definitely not your same old Vogue newsletter. NJAL is just the right amount of artsy and pragmatic.
Today’s featured article particular caught my eye: The Status Of Fashion Education in the Middle East. Not only was the title intriguing, but the pictures like this one below caught my attention as well.
“From Beirut and Istanbul to Tehran and across to Dubai—NJAL spotlights the educational opportunities available, their accessibility and what it all means for the Middle East’s creative ecosystem” – From the opening paragraph (picture property of NJAL)
I had never thought about Fashion Schools in the Middle East. Honestly, fashion schools are a dime a dozen (Art Institute anyone?) in Western cultures and I hadn’t given much thought to their presence elsewhere (shamefully westo-centric isn’t it?)
The essay is both informative and fascinating as it discusses the institutions that are popping up across the Middle East, from Lebanon to Dubai, and how they are being influenced by their Western cousins. The whole article (they technically call it an essay) is here. It’s a great read from, not only a fashion perspective, but also a global commerce, political, and cultural viewpoint. At a time when our main news stories about the Middle East consist of ISIS and suicide bombings, this essay is both refreshing and uplifting. If you have a few extra minutes, I highly recommend.