“Once, at a workshop, I sat with other unpublished writers, silently nursing our hopes and watching the faculty—published writers who seemed to float in their accomplishment. A fellow aspiring writer said of one faculty member, “Look at that dress and makeup! You can’t take her seriously.” I thought the woman looked attractive, and I admired the grace with which she walked in her heels. But I found myself quickly agreeing. Yes, indeed, one could not take this author of three novels seriously, because she wore a pretty dress and two shades of eye shadow.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Why can’t a smart woman love fashion?
Can you be smart and love fashion?
The above is an excerpt from a great article I read this morning on Elle. There’s so many topics that it addresses I could have crafted a few different posts on the back of it. The author detailed the story of her arrival in America, ready to attend college and her shock at the casualness of everyone. The casual invasion discuss’s our society’s recent decline in dressing smart. So if you didn’t catch it first time round, it’s a must read (I didn’t write it).
I thought I’d tackle this notion that some how smart women can’t or shouldn’t be fashionable…
Which is a load of old crap! I don’t really get this idea at all. It’s almost as if those that believe in this nonsense feel smart women should dress like the book-worm caricatures presented to us in weak-ass hollywood movies. Draped in ‘fuddy’ clothing and cheap polyester tailoring that gives you the body shape of a rugby prop!
If you’re smart, business-savvy or worried that the industry you work in/family/friends/anyone else would shun a more ‘fashionable you’ then… don’t let these tired, archaic views hold you back. You can be fashionable, stylish, sexy, funky, cool, quirky or whatever else you want to be. Irrespective of what others believe.
Now who’s with me?
If you want to find out how feel free to say ‘hi’ here.
I love reading and replying to all my comments and will click-through to say ‘hello’ and visit you on your site. I usually end up working with those of you that do comment in some capacity, whether it be a guest post or Google hangout.
(photos: strawberry17.com, top10list.org)