|Kimono: Lotus (15% off - coupon code: MODA), Tank Dress: H&M, Booties: Dolce Vida, Bracelet: Celene Stones (firstname.lastname@example.org - tell her you saw it on ModaFresca and get 15% off)|
I guess that is pretty fitting since they are kind of "the thing" this year. Kimonos are a big trend right now. Short ones... long ones... ones with long sleeves... fringe... tie-dyed kimonos... leopard print, etc. They are perfect for when you must put on clothes, but would really rather hang out all day straight chillin' in your bathrobe.
I'm thinking this is also a bit of a man repeller item. You know what I mean? One of those trends that most women dig, but that most (straight) men could do without. Like... peplum, high waisted jeans/pants/shorts, wedge shoes of any kind, drop-crotch harem pants, shoulder pads, combat boots, boyfriend jeans, cardigan sweaters, and maxi dresses (true story... most men just don't appreciate a good maxi dress like we do).
The kimono's spot on the list was confirmed when I wore it yesterday. An early 20-something girl in Target stopped me and said... "Oh, I really like that kimno thing.... like, a lot... but my boyfriend would never let me wear it."
Uhhhh... ummmm??? I don't even know where to START with that statement. Let you???? Ohhhhhh boy?? I wanted to sit that girl down and give her a stern talking to. Instead I just smiled and said... "Well, maybe you should get one; and if you're boyfriend doesn't like it, tell him that he doesn't have to wear it. (And then I may or may not have rolled my eyes a little.)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. MOST women dress for women. We dress for ourselves and for our friends. Think about it. Do you stress out more when you are getting dressed to go out to dinner with a dude, or when you're trying to find something to wear to go to an event where there are going to be a bunch of stylish women there? More than likely, the later.
If we dressed for men, we'd simply walk around naked, in 5 inch heels (distributing cheesburgers and craft beer). Most men like short, fitting, and simple. Same goes for makeup. They like it simple, but we like to experiment with looks. Some things that come to mind when I think about what most guys hate... dark, smokey eyes... talon-like fake nails... blunt bangs (or baby bangs.... anyone remember those?) ... bright pink/red/or dark lipstick... fake lashes... sock buns... ombre hair. Most men hate all of that shit (unless all of that is on, let's say... Beyonce), but man... I LOVE me some blunt bangs, lashes, and lipstick. They make me happy.
That's all part of the fun of being a woman though, right? Experimenting. It would be a pretty boring existence if we never tried anything new. I'd rather look back and think to myself... ah... I looked utterly ridiculous (in that outfit, with that hair color, wearing that lipstick), versus... ugh... I looked predictably boring every single day of my life.
I am convinced that women who let their looks be determined by the men they are with... they are the same women that rebel at age 75 (after their husbands pass). That is why there are so many awesomely crazy old ladies. Their husbands are gone so they cut their hair, dye it blonde, paint their long nails bright red, wear sequins in the middle of the day, and wear every piece of jewelry they have ever owned all at once.
So, you see. It's inevitable. Why wait... go ahead... live a little. You saucy little rebel unicorn, you.