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Friday, November 4, 2011

Iconic Fashion

As it happens, I am an ICON. Yes, on Halloween, one of my students came to school dressed as---me. She was wearing a long cardi, a long tank, skinny jeans, a scarf and ballet flats. The pièce de résistance: glasses on a chain. Before I realized what she was doing, I told her she looked nice. I guess I like how I dress!

Sadly, I was disappointment to her that day: I had to go to a post-funeral service at the home of an acquaintance. Therefore, I did not wear my usual garb. With my usual jeans, I wore two thrifted iconic pieces: a black St John knit jacket and my Feux de Route Hermes scarf (I'm almost certain it's not a fake). Well! Many compliments at the informal service, delivered mainly to Mr. FS. He said, "I've never seen before the power of an accessory." Yes, he said it.

Have you ever caused a minor sensation with an iconic item?


Shelley said...

Yes, actually, I did once when I was about 19 and carrying a box purse. You know, a wooden box with paint and fake jewels with a leather handle and a sort of latch that kept it all shut? The construction site I walked past on the way to work was very impressed with my box purse. Mainly because my short skirt was caught up in it showing everything up to the waist.

I don't think I hang with the sort of folks who could properly appreciate an Hermes scarf. I certainly wouldn't recognize one unless someone waved a tag under my nose. A work colleague actually did this once with an Armani scarf she got for Christmas. It was a very pretty scarf, but somehow I wasn't as impressed with it after the tag wave as I was before.

If I ran with folks who could appreciate such items, I might be more interested in acquiring such things, but as it stands, I don't see an Hermes or an Armani anything in my future.

Patience_Crabstick said...

You sound stylish. The only example I can think of as myself in an iconic item is when I was three and used to wear little sunglasses with white frames. This was the early 1970's and they looked very Hollywood glamorous, especially on a three year old. I would wear them today if I still had them.

Duchesse said...

Your Burberry raincoat is iconic too!

I own many Hermes scarves, and
would never "wave the tag". Actually, I remove the tag. I don't care whether people recognize them or not, to me they are just pleasing expressions of the silk weaver's craft.

I'd take someone costuming herself as you as a compliment!

feMOMhist said...

indeed i had a student dress as me for halloween one year as well tee hee

hmm iconic items must be kept secret as i blog pseudonymously, but they are all "vintage" or from Tiffany

Funny about Money said...

I love this: student comes to school dressed as prof! :-)

Well, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The Feux de Route design is gorgeous...I'll bet it was mighty fine with a black St John knit.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Shelley--Believe me, no one knew the labels on my outfit--and, if they did, they would assume they were fakes. Somehow the items exuded iconicity.

@Patience--i'm not very stylish alas. In fact, I'm kind of scruffy.

@Duchesse--But I've only worn it once--must remember to wear it.

@femomhist--Great name! Stopped by your blog as well. Apparently there's a picture somewhere--if I can get a hold of it, I'll post it.

@Funny--It was sweet! Now you need to get a scarf to go with your new St J suit.