A More Polished Look

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010

After I saw the Louis Vuitton and Prada fall collections, I knew it was just a matter of time before Vogue US ("When did chic get so cool?" by Mark Holgate - Vogue US July 2010) covered this new emerging style : retro, polished, all dressed up and extremely feminine.  Jeans are discarded in favor of full knee-length skirts and polished hairdos take the place of messy buns.

Just a couple of years ago women were expected to be polished and dressed up -- and not just for going out on a Saturday night, but for everyday life as well.  I love the quote from Mark Holgate that "girls who once dressed for their inner rocker don't want to hum that tune anymore."  According to him, the tipping point "was Balmain's  ripped and shredded tee at a staggering $1624" that made people lose interest in the rocker style. After reading this,  I couldn't help but think about the 1992 controversial Marc Jacobs grunge collection in which he charged between $500 to $1400 for flannel shirts, second hand store looking dresses and slouchy sweaters.  The writer even says Balmain himself moved on with his fall collection "full of niftily tailored pin-striped blazers and boot-cut pants".  He even adds that "it's a razor-sharp chic, only this time around, the razor hasn't been let loose on the clothes" I think that says it all !

Personnally I am very happy with this new emerging trend because I look my best in feminine, polished clothes.  I tried when I was younger to go for a more casual style but it was just not for me.  That doesn't mean I have given up - I still try sometimes but my attempts get fewer and fewer.  I hope this trend  makes me want to embrace my inner lady for good.

When I was younger, I used to watch old Hollywood movies thinking about how women back then really dressed like women.  Okay maybe it was a little too gender stereotyped but it was sooo beautiful and elegant.  People don't take the time to dress up anymore.  I will leave you with a quote of one of my favorite style icons Daphne Guinness : "I think you do have a more fun life if you wear beautiful clothes. There is a certain joy in it; dressing well is an art and it shows respect to be neatly turned out." 

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  1. As a boy who grew up with Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake movies, you can imagine my disappointment to discover that 'real women' didn't dress that way!

    If it's a trend that wants to come back, even briefly, then I'm all for it. It's a beautiful aesthetic x


  2. Hello....I just want you to know that I love this post and YOUR BLOG. I am now following your blog and look forward to seeing your chic outfits! You are a woman after my own heart....I don't work in the fashion industry either, but I wish that I did! I would love be be an Accesories Editor. You commented on my post (7-22-10) about Daphne Guinness....I love her too and what she had to say about the state of fashion. All the best!

  3. I really love this post! It really reminds me of a post I wrote a couple years ago about how I kept receiving the comment "what are you so dressed up for?" When all I was wearing was a sun dress. I feel like we should revert back to older styles that are more polished and embrace classy dressing!


  4. wow, what a good post! congrats for the IFB mention this week!

    if i think about it, lately i tend to dress so much more feminine that i used to. so yes, i am really, truly embracing this trend.

  5. I'm so glad this lady like retro thing is coming back in. I too look best in these kinds of clothes. So it makes me very happy. Though I do think we all have to thank Mad Men for the trend!

  6. Great post, I came across it from Links a la Mode (I made the list too hooray!). Isn't it sad when people make you feel like you have to justify wanting to look nice? I have to admit I do love a messy bun though...

  7. I agree, the world needs more class.

  8. I'm really looking forward to a more polished look this fall. I love my boyfriend shorts, but I'm getting awfully tired of shredded and studded everything.

    xo Marissa
    (The Well-Appointed Catwalk)

  9. I love dressing up.
    Sometimes I get second looks at work because our environment is very casual. But, I dress for me.
    I enjoy putting things together...although I am not always inspired when I am I go all the way !

  10. Love this post! I was very excited when I saw this collection because like you I love a feminine look. I grew up wearing dresses and even though I have a tomboy side when it comes to clothing i prefer chic glam with a hint of edge.


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