Have you ever met someone who is not afraid to offend, speaks her heart out very loud, manages to be funny while doing so and you actually agree with ? To me, it’s Fran Lebowitz. I am conflicted between being critical, speaking my heart and promoting harmony in this crazy diverse world. But I do laugh out loud and enjoy reading her. The crazy friend you never had, and can only exist in literature is what she is to me. Makes me want to be more daring and adventurous so that one day, I may have a conversation with her that doesn’t bore her. Here is Fran 101 for anyone who wants a taste of the author I am raving about.

.

216459-800w

Credits

 

Please do not read if you are easily offended. No leggings were harmed in making of this blog post.

.

” This most recent revival of platform shoes embodies everything that’s wrong with young people.”

.

“Men in shorts are disgusting.”

.

“American women think that clothes fit them if they can fit into them. But that’s not at all what fit means.”

.

“Shirts don’t go bad, they’re not peaches.”

.

“I wish that real estate were cheaper and clothes were more expensive. But that’s what young people want: $2 T shirts that fall apart in the wash.”

.

“They get so wrapped up in what’s happening that they forget how to dress, and they never learn who they are because they never learn how to take care of anything.”

.

“What’s the point of being young if you’re not going to make new things.”

.

“More people should wear overcoats than those damned down jackets. Please. Are you skiing, or are you walking across the street? If you’re not an arctic explorer, dress like a human being.”

.

“All these clothes that you see people wearing, the yoga clothes—even men wear them!—it’s just another way of being in pajamas. You need more natural beauty to get away with things like that. Most people just aren’t good looking enough to wear what they have on. They should change.”

.

“I think it’s hilarious that so many people think they look fantastic, because they’re wearing clothes that you should only wear if you look fantastic. If you walked around New York you would think there was a terrible mirror famine.”

.

“…but I don’t feel that inside of Hillary Clinton there’s a Jane Birkin waiting to get out.”

.

“I notice her clothes if she knows how to wear clothes. It’s a trait, not a talent. A person who actually knows how to wear clothes…they would look good in any clothes.”

.

“Not all of us are beautiful. But we can appear fine looking. So we should.”

.

Source/Interview

.

IMG_10328001

Credits

.

She authored a chapter in one of my favourite style books : Cheap Chic. Its a 40 year old book with timeless advice that finally is available as an ebook ! Here are some excerpts stolen from the book. If I could, I would give out copies to every woman I know. Along with Lessons from Madame Chic.

 

” A great majority of kids in their late teens are the worst dressed … incredible platform shoes, glitter, hideous fabrics … useless extravagance.”

.

“The only thing I ever regretted buying was this pair of black patent-leather shoes for $ 65 at Charles Jourdan. They’re ridiculous, but I’ll wear them until they fall apart.”

.

” Clothes with pictures and/ or writing on them— yes, another complaint. Now I’m not just talking about Vuitton bags … Designers and/ or business concerns who splash their names and initials all over overpriced accoutrements of dubious quality are of course exceedingly distasteful, but I am not talking about the larger issues … “

.

“While clothes with pictures and/ or writing on them are not entirely an invention of the modern age, they are an unpleasant indication of the general state of things, which encourages people to express themselves through their clothing … I mean, be realistic. If people don’t want to listen to you, what makes you think they want to hear from your sweater?

.

Well, she is not a style critique although she doesn’t refrain from giving out this sort of advice. She is a writer with 6 published books. She is infamous for her 10 year old writer’s block and the book that the publishers are still waiting on. The one book of hers that I have read : The Fran Lebowitz Reader. This is one of those books you lay your eyes on and can’t walk out without purchasing. Then hide from all of your social life to read cover to cover. And the personality rubs onto you for the next whole month. You gotta read any book that has a chapter titled “Children: Pro or Con ? ” right ?

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 4.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 4.12.46 PM

 

Elegance is in an age of crisis. I miss beauty in my surroundings. Too much plastic and disposable nothings ! Men in basketball shorts and women in yoga leggings surround me.  Being a little less shabby never hurt anyone did it ? I do feel the unease in making a post with so much negativity. I do not want to play the aesthetic police but the thoughts do cross my mind. But I can easily jump on the other side and say : wear what you like. You dont have to be modest. You dont have to be pretty by someone else’s standards. You dont have to be elegant as defined by me. We women have so much unwanted moral and aesthetic policing. The world fights about religion, politics and ideals. Clothing should be the last of reasons to contribute to any ill feelings, right ? But please buy ethically sourced clothing and good fabrics for the sake of the planet.