Remember this post about things that make me uncomfortable? Well another thing that makes me uncomfortable and kind of breaks my heart is seeing girls trying too hard. The first person that comes to mind for me is Christina Aguilera, especially some of her looks on The Voice. The photo below is one of her better, more modest looks on the show and I still feel uncomfortable just having it on the blog! Don’t get me wrong – she’s insanely talented and has a beautiful voice, but her looks just have way too much going on!
Photo by Wenn via Google Images.
Back to the un-celeb filled reality though – you know what kind of girl I’m talking about – that girl at the party who is wearing a skirt that is much too short and too tight, a top that is a tad bit too revealing and heels that she can barely walk in. She’s also probably wearing quite a bit of makeup, her hair is perfectly coiffed and probably filled in with extensions. Sometimes, she’s also the one who laughs to loudly, is a bit clingy and is desperately trying to get some guys attention.
Other times though, it’s the average girl – she’s confident, beautiful and has an incredible social life, but the way she dresses is all about getting attention. I’ve been that girl a few times and so have many of my friends. In fact, it’s the norm for young women today – dresses run too short and it’s all about the cleavage.
So that’s what makes me uncomfortable – seeing photos on Facebook of these lovely young women dressed in too tight clothes. Or even actresses on TV, especially reality television! I’m not judging…I’ve been there too. There have been quite a few moments in a fitting room when I’d try on a dress, skirt, or top and it would fit like a second skin and, if it was a day I was confident in my body, I quite liked how I looked in that dress. It made me feel feminine, sexy even.
We are naive and beauty obsessed people. Always have been, and probably always be.
In today’s world, we are pestered with images of what beauty should look like and how we can achieve it. Open any magazine and you’ll see at least one article/info graphic/ad telling you how you can draw attention to yourself by the clothes you wear, how you do your makeup or even the way you walk/talk. Turn on the TV and all you see is airbrushed perfection in designer clothes. Eavesdrop onto any girls’ brunch and the conversation of beauty is bound to come up in some shape or form.
My point is, we love beauty, even more so if we are the object of desire.
Although the insecurities that come in our search for beauty impacts women of all ages, it particularly effects teens and teenage girls. The pressure to look grown up and fit in usually overwhelms any common senses or inner beauty.
Since I’ve relocated to the Midwest nearly seven (!) years ago, I’ve become enamored by all things Southern. That drawl, the vocabulary practically dripping with honey, and the wardrobes full of preppy pieces, florals and pastels. Even more so, I’ve grown to appreciate the overall goodness of Southern hospitality, kindness, conservative beliefs and morals.
In my opinion, the current TV show that comes closest to capturing the Southern life is Hart of Dixie. I mean, Lemon Breeland is The Southern Belle – the perfectly coiffed hair, impeccable manners, and a pension for tradition, perfection, florals and color.
Marchesa has always been a favorite designer of mine – her gowns are worthy of any princess and are the darlings of all red carpet appearances. March 1, Marchesa partnered with JcPenny to launch Pearl by Georgina Chapman, a line of affordable special occasion frocks, ranging in price from $75 to $250.
My personal fascination though, began with this 30-second ad.
If, when I start my own fashion line, this is exactly what I pictured for a look book/promo video. It just has you dreaming of castles, ball gowns and whimsical moments. My inner romantic, starry-eyed young woman just wants to put on my fanciest gown just for a day of exploring and daydreaming.
Although most of the dresses are a bit too revealing for me (and some are obviously targeted towards prom goers), I do have my eye on this dress - the lace and feminine details are a perfect fit for my style. I can just see it dressed up with a cardigan, a black blazer or even a leather jacket! And, if only I had an event to wear this dress to – it’s classic Marchesa. You can shop the collection online here.
Always a fan of designer collaborations, I’m excited to see that part of its business makeover, JcPenny is pursuing awesome designers like Marchesa for us budget-loving, but couture-dreaming gals. A trip to my local JCP store is definitely on my weekend to-do list – if at the very least just to play dress up. What about you? Are you intrigued?
Tonight is a dream. Dress the part.
PS. You can see a behind-the-scenes video with the designer, Georgina Chapman here.