A Guilty Pleasure

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For someone generally acknowledged as the dork and resident bibliophile in my group of friends, people are often surprised to find that I read fashion blogs as religiously as the New York Times. Among my favorites are blogs that document street fashion like The Sartorialist, blogs that document personal style like the glamourai and What I Wore, and fashion commentary blogs like Tom and Lorenzo (better known by their original name, Project Rungay).  Even during the angstier years of adolescence, nothing could get my mother and I to drop an argument like the arrival of the fall fashion magazines.  One of our favorite things to do to this day is head to Borders to binge on coffee, biscotti and fashion magazines.

For someone generally acknowledged as the dork and resident bibliophile in my group of friends, people are often surprised to find that I read fashion blogs as religiously as the New York Times. Among my favorites are blogs that document street fashion like The Sartorialist, blogs that document personal style like the glamourai and What I Wore, and fashion commentary blogs like Tom and Lorenzo (better known by their original name, Project Rungay).  Even during the angstier years of adolescence, nothing could get my mother and I to drop an argument like the arrival of the fall fashion magazines.  One of our favorite things to do to this day is head to Borders to binge on coffee, biscotti and fashion magazines.

Today the Chosun Ilbo published an article about fashion companies realizing what a huge money market the middle aged woman provides. To which I let out a big ‘duh.’ Those women the fashion industry has been focusing on for years, the 20-30 age bracket, eventually grow up. It’s incredibly difficult for women who are middle-aged to find age appropriate fashionable clothing. My mother’s biggest complaint has always been the quality and selection of ready-to-wear for women over 30– leading her to design and sew increasingly larger portions of her own wardrobe. And a shameless plug (unrequested): she also has her own rad sewing blog which is far more popular than mine.

I’m glad to see that Korea is starting to embrace the need for a more diverse fashion scene. Now if only I could find things that fit my non Asian hips…



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