I have two dear friends who are total fashionistas.
I won’t say their names, but one starts with a C even though it sounds like it should start with a K; and, the other one starts with a J and ends with the word ann.
Shopping is their hobby, their passion, and their expertise.
I also have a daughter that might be morphing into one of those too.
They exude style and good taste.
I love them. I really do.
But sometimes they just aggravate me to death with their wear-anything bodies and perfect head-to-toe ensembles.
They have that mix of good taste and love of shopping, but it’s not so much what they buy, it’s what they do with what they buy that is impressive.
Then, top all that off with the obnoxious fact that everything looks good on them.
And, they make it look so effortless like they just threw on a little something and left the house.
Sometimes I get tired of their stinking fabulousness.
I went to Georgetown with one of these friends this week. She wore white skinny jeans, a striped t-shirt, perfectly coordinated necklace, earrings and bracelets, ankle strapped sandals and oh, just a little pink Prada bag she found for a real bargain.
She’s tall, willowy, and, I’ve never seen her wear the same thing twice except when she was pregnant and shockingly, she may have repeated an outfit once or twice.
I’ve known her for about 30 years.
That’s a lot of perfect outfits.
Like I said, annoying.
A N N O Y I N G.
What I love most is when J-ann says, “You should get some of these because they are sooo comfortable.”
Ah huh. I should pour my round little 5’2” self into something a 5’8” Heidi Klum look- alike wears.
My favorite thing from C was when she kept sending me links to beautiful dresses to wear to Annie’s wedding.
Like. I. Could. Fit. In. Them.
She asked me what shoes I planned to wear to the reception and I said I hadn’t found any that were comfortable.
“Who cares whether they’re comfortable? Do they look good? That’s all you want!”
But, shoe love is true love, right?
She’s the one who talked me into getting both pink and orange shoes.
Because those are practical, right?
That’s where the problem lies.
I think, “What could I wear with this? What else would go with it? How often will I wear it?”
They think, “This will be perfect for this… dinner, party or ballgame or whatever.
They buy outfits for every event.
And every day is an event.
I buy comfortable, seasonal basics.
That works fine for me except when I go places with them.
Can you say frumpy, lumpy and boring?
If I didn’t love them so much, I’d de-friend them both just to keep my self-esteem in tact.
I’ve learned not to compare myself to them in the fashion department because that sucks the joy out of being with them.
Instead, I embrace a little healthy envy, marvel at their style quotient and appreciate the fact that they are helping the economy and teaching me the power of class and elegance.
They live the truth of the Pinterest quote that says, “Life is too short to wear boring clothes.”