Saturday, August 03, 2013

The ABC's of Chic Sightings: Modest, Non-Smoking, Original

Our world is full of blatant displays of... appalling immodesty.  Really outrageous. I don't find it attractive, and I'm certainly not going to honor that kind of bad taste and bad judgment with the title of Chic Sighting.

People who smoke can be chic. I'm sure it's possible.  But I've never seen anybody ACTUALLY IN THE ACT of smoking who felt chic to me.  A cigarette hasn't been a chic accessory for at least 40 years...

You have to look like yourself.  You have to have something about your person that represents you, and you alone. Buying an entire outfit, from earrings to shoes, from a store or catalog, and turning yourself into a carbon copy of someone else is not chic, to me.


  1. I just feel like saying, "Amen, Amen, Amen." Where the disgustingly disturbing reality television business has the authority to make foul language, course behavior and rubbish clothing into 'the style of our times' bothers me tremendously. I'm very proud to have raised two young adult, college students who are engaging, articulate, well versed, and well mannered. They both have a wonderful sense of classic fashion. And they're both original. I find that I'm far more proud of my son and daughter's manner of dress and behavior than I am of my own.

  2. Thank you for having the courage, Janice, to speak out on all three topics. After teaching teens for 14 years, I am appalled at what these young girls will put on and not even think about how it looks or what it communicates. We also had a former teacher who came to work without a slip and her thong clearly could be seen and read SEXY across the top!! Thank goodness it bothered the students!! A Full length mirror is one of our best investments...if it is not already in the house. I am looking at the temps in Chicago and so wishing I was there now!!

  3. I agree with you completely. I've noticed now more than ever that a certain ugliness in style is being embraced. Yuck. I'm also surprised that in a conservative office work environment, that employees have no concept of appropriate "business casual" and wear super short skirts and super high stilletos or flip flops and ill fitting capri jeans.

  4. Don't even get me started. It's getting really scary out there. The clothing I see on women and girls is appalling!
    Ugliness and immodesty is everywhere.

  5. I have just returned from a business conference where resort casual, business casual and formal were carefully defined for the attendees. What an appalling mess of clothing choices ensued. I saw shorts and rumpled t-shirts, gauze beach dresses, and on the formal evening, a mini tube dress with diamond shaped cut-outs on both sides. Modesty is so much more beautiful and interesting!

  6. I agree with you on all points! Thank you for all the hard work you put into your blog.

  7. Joining the applause here. BTW, there is hope! Rey swimwear ( was so popular, it sold out mid-season. (Rey Swimwear was started by an actress/model who grew tired of the tiny swim options, and created a line of swimwear inspired by the 1940's. Very cute stuff!

  8. Hmm, methinks you suppose that by labeling smoking un-chic that you have done a public service. I must say that in my opinion you are wrong. I live in Paris, and I can tell you that there are plenty of chic women who smoke. And many of them look damned chic while smoking. It's lung cancer and emphysema that are not chic. And indeed these maladies are very often a consequence of smoking. But that's not what adolescents who see the chic women smoking see. They see thin, beautiful, confident women: just what they want to be! So be careful when you conflate the act with the consequence. If smoking were universally viewed as un-chic as you seem to suggest, we wouldn’t have the same problem with young women taking up smoking.

    1. Nope, in Chicago when you see someone smoking, they're huddled around a doorway outside an office building somewhere, looking sort of pathetic. The act, when I see it, in a city with limited venues in which to smoke legally, looks sad and addicted, no matter what someone wears. I'm sure there must still be places where one sees smoking looking cool, but I don't see it here.