Be Less Crazy

24 Jul

This week The Hairpin suggested I check out Megan Dietz, her book and her blog.  And boy were they right.

Megan’s motto is simply: Be Less Crazy.

Sounds too easy and mildly offensive, right?  Wrong.

Megan has some suggestions for being less crazy while shopping:

1.  Remember that the clothes are auditioning for you, not the other way around. 
Also, clothes are inanimate objects with zero feelings. So don’t be shy about being picky. Heck, be a total dick like Simon Cowell. “This dress is pitchy and has no personality. It’s a NO from me.” These clothes have to earn their way into your life; make them work for it.

2.  If something doesn’t fit, it does not mean anything about you.
The entire fashion industry is built around an incredibly narrow range of body proportions. When things don’t fit, that’s why. It’s not because you’re a weirdly shaped freak. And it doesn’t mean that there are certain people who are destined to be pretty and you are not one of them. It doesn’t mean anything, in fact, except this particular garment is not getting cast in your life. Let it go and move on.

3.  Ask the right questions.
Don’t ask, “Do I look cute in this?” That puts the deciding power in someone else’s hands — either an actual person you are asking, or some made-up “cuteness police” in your head. Fuck the (cuteness) police. Instead, ask yourself, “Do I like how I look and feel in this?” That puts the deciding power in your hands, which is right where it should be.

4.  Go with a friend who thinks you are the bee’s knees.
This works a lot like having a friend who loves you take your picture — seeing yourself through someone else’s friendly perspective helps to smooth over all the jaggy stuff you might potentially freak out about.

5.  Don’t go shopping when you’re feeling vulnerable. 
Are you hungover? Sad or stressed about something? Have you just been dumped? If you’re feeling iffy anyway, don’t make it worse by actually willingly going into the lion’s den. Save your shopping for a day when you feel steadier on your feet.

6.  When freakouts begin, nip them in the bud.
I talk about this in depth in the book, but here’s the basic process for shutting down a freakout:
– notice you are starting to freak out
– notice what’s happening in your body
– relax and take a breath
– ask yourself objective questions
– be nice to yourself
– distract yourself as needed. (This is why God made cat weightlifting game shows.)

7.  Plan ahead so you don’t have shopping emergencies.
Of course there may be times when you need to settle for the 60% okay garment — like if you need black pants TODAY. But in general, the less of a hurry you can be in, the less pressure you’ll feel, the more fun you’ll have, and the better stuff you’ll find.

8.  Avoid the dressing room entirely.
Buy custom, or get your purchases altered. This way, you KNOW what you’re getting will fit. I, of course, make custom dresses and skirts, and there are lots of other great custom shops out there, too — from Etsy sellers to big companies. In my experience, dresses and skirts are the easiest to fit from a distance; if you want trousers or fitted blouses or alterations, it’s probably best to work with a local tailor.



She has other suggestions too (and I’m pretty sure the blog is pretty new so there will be more shortly) and a great quote lifted from F. Scott Fitzgerald who was his own kind of crazy.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about…

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

Oh, I just feel the sister-friend feels!

Also, her blog is the same theme as mine!  Obviously we’re meant to be best friends for life!

2 Responses to “Be Less Crazy”

  1. Nicole July 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Lady- as a fashion girl I can tell you never skip or avoid the fitting room- thats the worst advice ever(maybe not ever)- but you get the point. Everything else makes a lot of sense.


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