Random Thoughts I Had on Fashion and Self Image…All Because of Lily Allen. This Post Will Make No Sense.

Recently I found someone came to this site on a search for “dress like lily allen”, and that got me thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe someone out there is actually searching for that!” So that got me thinking about Lily and fashion, so I did some searches of my own.

On a search for “Lily Allen fashion” I found a link to a MTV short about Lily talking about clothes. Ok, so I’m still not sure what “MTV Discover and Download” is supposed to be promoting besides confusion (a concert series? URGE?), but that video was part of a series ofshort videos of Lily Allen talking about her fashion style (be comfortable, wear brand new Nikes), her take on body image (she likes chili dogs, so what?), and her biggest promoter, the Internet.

Here are the clips:

Lily shopping at Wasteland, a LA vintage clothing store:

Body image (“Besides, I could never turn down a good hot dog”):

And her “checking messages” on the ‘Net:

It has been much rumored that Nike is desperate to sign Lily as a spokesperson based on her unabashed love of “trainers”. Said Lily about the brand: “I really like Nike trainers. I’m quite open about the fact that it’s like a guilty pleasure for me, even with the sweatshop aspect.” Err… not exactly what Nike has in mind for their next ad campaign, “A GUILTY PLEASURE…EVEN WITH THE SWEATSHOP ASPECT,” although if they did run that campaign, I’d be pretty impressed.

Now in the past I’ve commented that Lily’s jewelry is nothing that Puerto Rican girls haven’t been doing since the beginning of time (still true), but I haven’t yet commented on the ballgown + sneakers thing.

As a girl, I too understand that high heel shoes = uncomfortable and sneakers = more comfortable, so I’m fully in favor of wearing sneakers over shoes any day. Now where Lily can get away with being “quirky”, I have to agree with Fashion Style and Clothes when they plead with the rest of the world to NOT rock the Lily style. It looks cute on Lily, but dresses and sneakers makes me look like a retard trying to LOOK like Lily Allen.

I think it’s an important message to send to women, and especially young girls that it’s OK to look and feel the way that makes YOU feel good–to emulate fashion and style that reflects YOU, not some preconceived notion of how you think you’re supposed to look–whether it be Lindsay Lohan or even Lily Allen. Fashion and style is all about what speaks to you, and imitation is never the means to discovering who you are.

Now on the whole body image thing…I know we ALL have “Oh No They Didn’t” moments–where we totally have that urge to rip apart what another woman is wearing, or how badly her makeup looks, etc etc… it’s kinda unavoidable based on how many of us grew up saturated by media that is critical to how the female form looks. When I see terms like “thinspiration”–however tongue and cheek they may be, it makes me ANGRY and sad. No one should be starving themselves to be thin or rigorously counting calories every day.

Everyone in America feels fat, ALL THE TIME. Men, women, I’m sure even your dog feels fat because in the last 5 years, that’s all the media has been telling us, WE ARE BIG FAT AMERICANS. It is true that we do have a lot of overweight people in this country, and that’s not a good thing–not because people are “fat” but because it is sometimes unhealthy to be overweight and can lead to disease like heart disease and diabetes that can SHORTEN YOUR LIFE. Being bigger is FINE as long as you are in good health.

Anyway, I just wanted to say to all the ladies out there, keep on truckin’ on. And keep eating all the hamburgers you want.

Published by Laura

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12 replies on “Random Thoughts I Had on Fashion and Self Image…All Because of Lily Allen. This Post Will Make No Sense.”

  1. That was a really good post! I love your blog, but this is the first time I’m commenting — and it’s to tell you that you’re awesome! 🙂

  2. That was a great post, and I agree wholeheartedly.

    Off topic: Any recent Michael Pitt sightings?

  3. MTV is sponsoring Lily’s upcoming (and brief) US tour… “MTV.com’s Discover & Download Presents Lily Allen” or something like that. So to wet people’s whistles about the tour and the CD (not out in the US until Jan 30th) they are running those promo dealys.

    Also, Lily’s going to be performing on SNL Feb 3rd with host Drew Barrymore.

  4. Throw in a few veggie burgers or something! A few extra lbs. is no big whoop, but high cholesterol and clogged arteries suck. (boring, I know)

  5. wow. this is a great blog I happened upon!

    wasn’t cybil shepard wearing sneakers with dresses back in the 80’s. so to hear that some new “IT” girl (whom I’m proud to say I’ve never heard of until coming across this blog) is wearing nikes with prom dresses doesn’t surprise me.

    and hey, at least she is cognizant of nike having sweatshops, which is more than I can say for her peers (whomever they are, since I hardly know who lily allen is).

    ah, anyway, nice work!

  6. I call bullshit on you.

    When you’re fat, people are less attracted to you.

    And, yes, I’m a boy, though girls have the same problem.

    Noboy wants to be less attractive…weight is not as ephemeral an issue as your post implies.

  7. why are you trying to dress like her? do you minus the sneakers. But then again to some people sneakers on girls is appealing. The sneakers that she does wear are Nike Air Max 90 style. google it

  8. Haha…I did come across this site when I googled “dress like lily allen” but I *am* dressing up as her for a themed party hehehe 🙂 I’m going to do the dress + shoes things…hopefully it won’t clash too much XD I need a way of doing her fringes though…which’ll be awkward coz I wear glasses. 🙁 Hmmmm…

  9. props to lily for not caring about what other people think and eating whatever she wants.

    but it’s all a matter of genetics, i suppose. i can’t eat whatever i want because i know it all goes to my waist and thighs. so i watch what i eat. i made a new year’s resolution to snack healthier and i can really tell a difference based on how my pants fit.

    lily got it right that this obsession with size 0 is just wrong. not all women are size 0’s. but i don’t think it’s right that the average woman is a size 14 or something along those lines. if you were just born that way and your whole family is like that, then there isn’t much one can do about that. but i think getting the average dress size down to somewhere around 10-12 isn’t a bad goal either.

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