Tuesday, August 07, 2007

And neither is my hair feathered. Honest.

Should I be concerned that a woman who by all evidence seems to have gotten dressed one day in 1987 and decided, "Yeah. I like this look! I'm gonna stick with this from now on!" just complimented me on my outfit?

For the record, I am NOT wearing light aqua, pleated-front, tapered-leg jeans. But she is.

I have, however, owned the shirt I'm wearing for no less than four years now. Perhaps I need to rethink my view on what's a timeless classic.

12 comments:

The Other Girl said...

If you'd stop wearing leg warmers to work, this wouldn't happen.

Once, a woman wearing an entirely shiny outfit stopped me on the street and said she liked my shoes, then asked if I bought them at Payless. I still can't decide whether I was more disturbed by her outfit or the fact that a stranger thought I'd wear shoes from a store that has penny sales.

L Sass said...

I have a lovely friend who has questionable fashion taste. I always think twice when she compliments my outfits. Ouch!

Perhaps you should embrace the "vintage" trends and start rocking some of the 90210 fashion that I saw last Friday. I think the scrunched-down white athletic socks, white sneakers and khaki shorts combo would look awesome for your illicit beach dates.

-R- said...

She probably just really likes your blue eyeshadow.

PS I have shoes from Payless that are actually quite cute!

3carnations said...

I once wore a shirt that was about 6 years old to a gathering. That wouldn't really be noteworthy, except that another guest there was wearing the identical shirt in a different color. We, of course, had to discuss exactly how old our shirts were.

Regarding strange jeans...I remember in 8th grade I had pink jeans with blue flowers. I'm sure they looked every bit as cool as I thought they did... :-p

Suzel's Sass said...

This lady at work who still wears three-piece polyester suits once told me that she was going to give me some of her "old" clothes but that I was too big for them.

I can't even count how many times she insulted me in that one statement. Years later I am still speechless.

Noelle said...

Maybe she knows she's wrong?

Whiskeymarie said...

My husband's odd, borderline alcoholic, uber conservative, maybe gay late-50's uncle complimented my purse last time I saw him.
"Cute purse" he said.
It's really just confusing.

Maybe you should bite the bullet one day and wear stirrup pants and a shaker-knit sweater to work - just to see how she reacts.

3carnations said...

Yikes. That would be why you need to read an entire statement to get the correct context. As I began to read WM's comment, I thought she was saying her husband IS odd, borderline alcoholic, uber conservative, maybe gay...and we can't even blame inappropriate apostrophe usage, because she used it properly. For the first time in my life, I am questioning why the possessive form and contraction are identical. Please tell me I'm not the only one who had this near misunderstanding...

Not that there would be anything wrong with that, I was just surprised at the idea that WM's husband would be possibly gay. Glad to realize he's not. :-P

lizgwiz said...

What really sucks is when you're wearing something you just bought and really like, and then some frumpy middle-aged woman stops you in a store aisle to tell you how much she likes it and asks you where you bought it, and you have to at least consider the fact that you might also be edging toward middle-aged and frumpy. Not that that's ever happened to me, of course. ;)

metalia said...

I think her sistee/mother/daughter works near my office; she favors acid-washed, drop-waist skirts and those bejeweled plastic t-shirt circle rings. (Do you know of which I speak? Those things that you could, for some ungodly reason, pull the hem of your shirt through?)

FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

She's honestly wearing light aqua, pleated-front, tapered-leg jeans??!?!

Eww! I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. :(

Poppy Cede said...

Rock the shirt until it gets hole-y. Who cares that some fashionably challenged nimmy is complimenting you.