The other night I was on the train. I was going to the Tribeca Film Festival wrap party, so I was looking good...but I wasn't "dressed up" per se. Grey skinnies, black Wang-inspired tank, black flats, and a navy blue military blazer. Oh, and of course the Coach bag. I was the kind of non-dressed up made popular by my fav's - Erin Wasson, the Olsen twins, and Kate Moss...observe:
The look says, "I care, but not too much." Nothing is over-done. In fact, most of it is understated - with one or 2 designer duds to top it off (bag, sunglasses, jewelry, etc). It's casually fabulous...fabulously casual.
So anyway back to my story...I was on the train, and in walked a perfectly Queensy woman. She was dressed like she was going to a party too - but maybe a different kind of party. Knee high boots, short black dress, black knitted shrug, a red shoulder bag and bling out the wazoo. Oh, but the boots and the bag were both pleather and the bling looked like that plastic jewelry out of those 25 cent machines. This chick defined tacky. Think this:
Everything looked cheap and plastic and the ensemble wreaked of effort. To the untrained eye perhaps she looked dressed up - if I were a doorman at a nightclub I'd let her in no question - but to the eye that is drawn to expensive things, her outfit almost caused an optical system failure.
So the question is this: You're going to a fancy party, if you had to make a choice would you rather show up in Designer Schlep (sweats and overall shlubbiness with a designer dud of choice - bag, glasses, jewelry) or Tacky Chic (hot by all accounts, but cheap looking and potentially kinda slutty). Need visuals?
The choice is yours. Can't wait to hear it.