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CathyWeeks
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Date: 12/30/10 8:27 PM



This item is part of Stella McCarthy's Spring 2011 Collection

My husband and I looked at this outfit, and couldn't figure out when it would be appropriate. It's too formal for shorts, and too casual for business wear. Even workplaces that expect business casual would look askance at something like this. I couldn't have worn something like this at either AT&T where I used to work, or in a classroom where I work now.

The shorts are FAR too short to be appropriate for a teacher or a business environment. Honestly - I can't think of a single place where it WOULD be appropriate. And any place where truly casual wear can be worn - well, it's far too fancy.

I also have to say that I think the maternity-style top is weird. I think it makes her look like she's wearing a tailored tent (if such a thing is possible). Except for her skinny legs and face, the rest of her looks, well... frumpy.

Am I wrong?


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Date: 12/30/10 8:46 PM

No, you're not wrong. The ensemble is probably just the runway version. Outfits often change substantially between the runway presentation and what is shipped to the stores, based on buyer feedback.

BTW, I think the top is supposed to be a cape.
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Date: 12/30/10 10:10 PM

My first thought when I saw the photo.... Band Camp!

but this one I could see in real life. Grocery shopping. Oh wait, that's not a backpack... um... is it?

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Date: 12/30/10 10:17 PM

Costume party?

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Date: 12/30/10 10:41 PM

You shouldn't take that styling that "literal". It's meant to be separates. I think the cape is really cute and the shorts would be too -- for a Summer picnic! LOL But even though it's presented that way, "normal" people wouldn't wear it like that.

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Date: 12/30/10 11:07 PM

Hmmm...this was the RTW collection! Maybe New York in the fashion district and that is about it.

My bigger concern is the pleated waist pegged pants. We know what a hugely successful look that was in the 80's...

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Date: 12/31/10 0:03 AM

I agree that this must be a runway version of something that will be modified for real-life people.

I wonder if the 6 foot tall, 13-year-old model will be wearing this outfit to her next BFF sleepover.

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Date: 12/31/10 7:51 AM

Looks like another example of what I said a few weeks ago about designers trying to see how outrageous they can get away with being in making the strangest possible clothing.

Some clothing is beautiful. Some clothing has fitness of purpose. Some few clothing items have both beauty and fitness of purpose.

Clothing that has neither beauty nor fitness of purpose can only be summed up as an epic fail on the designer's part.

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Date: 12/31/10 11:55 AM

Some young trendy women in our office wear the short shorts/tights to the office in the winter in Toronto. It's a casual work environment. I myself just made my first leggings, and I plan to wear them to the office.

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Date: 12/31/10 12:41 PM

That is the CUTEST marching band uniform ever! Well, except for the shoes, but that's to be expected.

As to the red dress, I'm pretty sure that's an archery outfit. Freedom of movement - especially good for running through the forest; ample space for bow & arrows...yup, that must be it.

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