Where Have You Been?

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Hi Kittens,

Have you been missing us? Because we’ve been missing you.

If you’ve been wondering where we’ve got to the last month, please forgive us. Things have been a changing and we’ve failed to get the life/blog balance right.

Whilst we can not promise anything right now, we just thought we’d post this to let you know, the blog is still very close to our hearts and is always in our minds, time just isn’t on our side.

So when the time comes, literally, we will be back in full swing. But for now, keep holding tight.

Love,

The Tall and the Short

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#BlogTour – Our Writing Process

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Our new found friend Thalia has invited us to go on a whirlwind tour with her. When she first mentioned it we thought she was inviting us to England and we started shopping for coats but we soon realised that this was not the case. She just wanted us to talk a little bit about our writing process which, let’s be completely honest, is not as exciting as a trip to England but let’s make it work.

What are we working on?

Apart from uni assignments (boring!) we are always working on new and creative ideas for the blog. We try to keep our content lively, interesting and timely – to the best of our ability anyway. At the moment we have a few articles in our drafts, some about colour trends, more about ugly trends, fashion advertising and we are also working on an idea to present our wardrobe essentials to you. Most of the time we working on things a little sporadically and they always come together when it needs to.

How does our work differ from others in our genre?

We try to really inject our writing with personal anecdotes or humour. We don’t think this happens often in fashion writing. Our motto is that you should never take fashion too seriously so there would be irony if our writing was overly serious. We also thing that a humorous take on fashion can make it more inviting and more accessible. We aren’t a blog that strives to reach a niche audience, we want everyone and anyone to have a read, consider the ideas we discuss and engage at some level be it through rampant disagreement or an enlightened perspective. I think this also allows our writing to be broad and honest, because it is not highly constructed to suit the demands of an audience.

Why do we write what we do?

In simplistic terms, we write what we do because it interests us. The creation of our blog was always based on the fact that we wanted a blog that catered to what we were interested in, not just post after post of personal style, but a forum that considers trends and “social” issues in fashion as well. This is why we write humorous and varied styles of posts, to address the multifaceted desires of our brains.

How does our writing process go?

Majority of our posts are written independently and then finalised by the other. We will always share ideas and bit-sized pieces of words to gage whether or not we have achieved what we set out to achieve. We like to give each other a bit of creative licence but also want to produce reasonably high quality copy, so that is why we always collaborate.

We hope this has given you a little insight into how we write and construct our blog.

We’ve asked the lovely Tarah to continue the #blogtour.

Love,
The Tall and The Short

Trending

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There’s no glamourous way to put it, and it pains me to say, that socks and sandals, are “in”. By “in” I mean that there seems to be members of the fashion fraternity that insist that this is an emerging trend that should be adapted from the runways. Let’s just make it clear that I am not one of these people. But when perennial fashion go-to Style.com makes a post like this, one feels obliged to take notice. I scrolled through the images and for a split second I considered the possibility. I looked at my own sandal-bearing feet and asked myself: is something missing? Only a further second after this did I screw my face in distaste and anger for even contemplating wearing such an atrocious combination on my feet. There is limited logic in the combination. If you need to wear socks under your sandals then its obviously too cold out to wear sandals in the first place. This is why they created boots, brogues, slip-ons – pretty much every other style of shoe that doesn’t constitute a sandal or thong (flip-flop for those abroad).

But the socks and sandals trend isn’t a stand alone. Remember the Furkenstocks? Almost impossible to forget. But what about trends that are less easily recognised? Like this one.

Remember how much you mentally criticised that guy who sat next to you on train, wearing his blue baggy denim and joggers? When did it become ok to wear jeans and jogs? In my opinion, the answer is still never but others would surely beg to differ. What I’m sensing from these (bad) trends is that there is a double standard for fashionistas. If you can claim a trend in the spirit of ‘fashion’ does that make it ok? For the most it seems the response is yes. Individual taste aside, sometimes I think it’s best if we rebel against the masses and stay true to ourselves. It’s pointless trying a trend that doesn’t play into your dressing aesthetic just for the sake of it. A trend merely existing is not reason enough (for me at least) for it to be openly accepted. Trends should go under careful evaluation before being truly embraced.

Love,

The Tall

What are some trends you don’t want to embrace?

Image credit: via fashioninspo.com, via whowhatwear.com, via lamodellamafia.com

Clean Up in Aisle C

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Giant icebergs. Underwater kingdoms. Drive-in movies. Interactive art galleries.

Karl definitely knows how to bring the wow factor, and it aint just about the clothes, far from it. Last night at the Chanel A/W 14 show the Grand Palais was transformed into the world’s most luxurious grocery store. It was an explosion of colour and bad acting on behalf of the models as they imagined what it’s like to browse a supermarket. I’m just playing, I have no idea what models get up to in their day to day lives.

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The concept is undoubtedly creative, and Karl is a clever task-master. But behind the flashly lights, novelty props and Kendall Jenner have we forgotten what is actually the crux of this fashion show? Because not one report I have seen has mentioned the clothes themselves. If the collection was shot against a plain background as a lookbook what would the response be? Let’s see. Dad sneakers and knee high joggers? No thanks. A hot pink tracksuit littered with cut outs? Now I really do feel like I’m at the local supermarket. But hang on, it’s not all bad.

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There are plenty of glimpses of the Chanel aesthetic, pieces that are lavish in detail, embroidery and design, but still paired with bulky trainers, and in sports-luxe silhouettes. In context, it works. “If you want to look really ridiculous, you go in stilettos in a supermarket” says Karl. With no disrespect to Karl, I sometimes enjoy going to the supermarket in heels but as always, I digress. I do question however, the extent to which the show is purely a creative endeavour or more so a publicity stunt. I dare say, the purpose was to be both. But does Chanel, one of the largest, most renown luxury brands there is need this kind of show to create publicity? The answer is no. This show in some way directs me towards the notion of the brand becoming increasingly commercialised and even somewhat comical. We must remember that what we see on the runways travels down into our high-street boutiques which means that before we know it, everyone will be wearing cut-out tracksuits.

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In all the theatrics I feel we have lost sight of what really matters here and that is the integrity of the clothes. We are blinded by the big Chanel logo plastered across everything, because we are programmed to think when it says Chanel, it means its amazing. But in reality, a brand can sometimes become bigger than what it stands for, which means we lose sight of the actual product and focus too much on the projection.

Love,
The Tall & The Short

PS: Told y’all designer is acceptable at the supermarket!

Image sources: cairoscene.com, The Guardian,  Style.com, lonny.com

What’s Real?

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The discussion of weight and body image seems a constant in the fashion industry. That model is too skinny, whilst the other is too fat. Often not only does this criticism come from within the industry itself, but also from the general public as consumers of advertising.

Recently I found myself reading a comment thread that discussed the appearance of Montana Cox in Lover’s new lingerie campaign (pictured above). I liked this image because it is a really feminine way to portray lingerie. It encompasses the sensuality and confidence lingerie can give a woman, as opposed to presenting an overtly sexualised advertisement that seems more directed at men than the actual women who choose to wear it. As a female consumer, this is the way I want to be sold lingerie. However when I began reading this particular comment thread I was startled by some commenters concentration on Montana’s weight. This gorgeous girl was compared to a stick insect and called “disgustingly thin”.

Now I believe that yes, everyone is entitled to an opinion – this very feature I’m writing is an opinion piece. However, I do not believe that just because you have the ability to make your opinion known that you should be able to demean others to this extent. I question why we as a society have such a large preoccupation with weight and body image. Why must we judge others purely on their dress size or the shape of their body? The construction of the concept of “fat” and “skinny” is just that – a societal construction that has created prejudices towards certain body types.

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In this same comment thread there was a call for advertisers to use more “real women” in their imagery, claiming that Montana wasn’t an appropriate representation of real women. Now I want to know what the term real woman actually refers to because if Montana isn’t included than that in itself is narrow-minded. Real women come in all shapes and sizes, and Montana is a reflection of this. To deem a slender body shape as being fake or unreal is more a demonstration of how the concept of the ideal body image has been constructed by society.

There is so much drama built up around the political correctness of calling someone fat that I don’t think is afforded in the same way to that of calling someone too skinny. Expression of this is merely a reflection of society’s engrained perception of body image. People may argue that it is the advertisers, the magazines that continue to cause this way of thinking. I disagree and say that it is the consumers of this media that overanalyse these images and narrow their focus on the model alone that might be to blame.

Either way, we can not continue to have this preoccupation with body weight. There are so many factors that go into constructing someone’s body shape, be it genetics, lifestyle, health and so on. We can’t shame others based purely on these factors that we are oblivious to. You will get nothing from calling someone else too skinny or too fat. And regardless of your opinion, it is just that, your single opinion that many others may agree or disagree with. Let’s celebrate people for who they are, no matter their shape. There’s nothing more empowering than dressing for your shape and looking banging as a result.

Until next time,
The Tall

P.S. I understand the delicate nature of this topic. If you wish to address any comment I have made, I’d love to have a further discussion about it with you. Comment below or shoot us an email at thetallandshortofitblog@gmail.com

Image source: vogue.com.au