Friday, September 23, 2011

Beatle Fact Friday!

Andele, Andele!

During the recording of "Girl" for the album Rubber Sole, George Martin had the boys stop singing after listening closely to the background vocals that went "dit dit dit dit dit dit dit dit" during the verse "she's the kind of girl who puts you down when friends are there..." He said, "Boys, what are you saying exactly there?" Laughing hysterically, the boys said "oh nothing George, just dit dit dit." Actually, they were singing "tit tit tit" and thought it was quite hilarious that thousands of people would listen to this song, not knowing the background vocals were all about tits. Genius!

Listen's a recording of just the vocals. 

"tit tit tit tit tit tit tit tit"

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

An Addendum to the Maxi

Guys don't be shy to rock the look too...

Maximize Your Maxi

Long skirts are in.... and Jewish women everywhere rejoice! Long hemlines once reserved for the modesty of Orthodox Jewish women and frumpy hippie chicks, have taken over the runways this fall. Apparently the leggy look of the micro mini is out and the modest maxi look is in.

For Orthodox Jewish women who are required to wear skirts below the knee, this trend means that their mandatory dress code just got a whole lot hipper. For the rest of us, this is a nice way to avoid wearing tights as the fall weather creeps in.

Personally, I am on the fence about this look. For shorter women, like myself, wearing a billowing shirt down to my ankles is not the most body flattering look. I would opt for a below the knee pencil skirt, or a flowy a-line skirt that hits mid-calf like this oh-so-gorgeous gal.

I have heard complaints from the opposite sex regarding the maxi skirt trend. My answer to that -- add a slit to the look! Nothing sexes up an outfit like a little peek-a-boo of leg. So as fall approaches let your hemline down, but be sure to wear something fitted on top to counter balance the billowy silhouette.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Corduroy! Cord-awry.

I've never really been a fan of corduroy. It always reminded me of high waist fupa chunky winter school uniform pants and that sort of sickly feeling you get when you realize summer is over and school is about to begin. The dark navy blue color often found in the drab color collection of many private school outfits, definitely doesn't compliment any skin color instead, promoting the undertones of green and purple as though there is a constant florescent light above you. Navy blue uniforms should stay where they ought to the Navy.

ANYWAY, to get back to corduroy -- there's something really depressing about it. I'm not sure if it's due to the navy uniforms I was forced to wear as a kid or because the hippie generation popularized it as a staple of smelly, "homeless," grunge, that sort of torn brown dreadlock cords, frayed at the bottom from walking around in Birkenstocks at Woodstock all day.

Perhaps I will rediscover corduroy, as many are doing this fall, by finding the perfect soft italian cotton corduroy blazer like this one from Adam Kimmel. Although this particular cord jacket will set you back over $1000, one can easily find a cheaper, yet stylish option at Modasuit for only $190!! What I like about these jackets is that you can wear them with pretty much anything either to dress yourself down or to make your casual outfit a bit more refined. These jackets are proof that corduroy blue and brown doesn't have to be depressing or monotonus. You can even add your own unique touch by purchasing these awesome suede elbow patches which compliment the "Wales" rib texture of classic cord fabric fantastically! What sets these beautiful blazers apart from the dreadful fabric the hippies and school administrations choose is the thickness of the cord. Uniforms tend to be made out of shitty textile due to the fact that they have to be mass produced. Thick corduroy usually results in a heavy, stiff, overly old fashioned look, whereas the too thin cord looks like a horrible cheap velvet drape. The trick is to find a medium blend that will show the best aspects of corduroy, while still maintaining style and texture -- in other words, stick to 100% cotton blends or a medium weight pinwale.

Hippies -- step aside in your cord-awry.