Get it together, Austin! or: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS

Fellow Austinites, what’s wrong with y’all? Just when we start getting more publicity in fashion magazines, we have to spoil it with fashion faux pas that some of you call “trends.”

Like this trashy but popular number:

Dear people who are doing this: why won't you go away?

Leggings aren’t pants! And they look especially silly with Ugg boots on warm winter days. Also, don’t even pretend you’re Audrey Hepburn in your ass-cleaving leggings and ballet flats. Get yourself a pair of cigarette pants or skinny jeans and skip the leggings.

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Fashion vs. Style

Hutton in a J.Crew campaign from '09. She's a classic kind of darling, isn't she?

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion… it’s what you make of it once you’ve learned what to accept and ignore based on what looks good on you.”

Can I get an AMEN!

The gorgeous, gap-toothed model/style icon Lauren Hutton, quoted from J.Crew’s latest ad campaign, is exactly right: The women we admire most for their sense of style aren’t the most trendy. They’re the ones who know what colors, cuts and patterns look best on them, and they aren’t afraid to ignore the trends.

In other words, every time Vogue or Glamour cry, GO OUT RIGHT NOW AND BUY THIS FUGLY THING OR YOU’LL BE A LOSER!!!!!!!!, the truly stylish among us go: meh.

So how’s about we  just take a look at the difference between fashion and style. This should be fun. You excited? I’m excited. Let’s go!

 

STYLE: Rocking colors that are complimentary to your skin tone

Rosario at last year's VMAs

FASHION: Similar color scheme for a gal of a completely different complexion = washed-out disaster.

We'll be gracious and not comment on the drop-crotch pants disaster.

STYLE: Flattering your figure with carefully chosen, even tailored, shapes

FASHION: Ugh.

How quickly one girl goes wrong... so very, very wrong

STYLE: Daring to do something fantastic, fun, flattering and totally different with your look

FASHION: Going so different from your look that your colors become Crayola-worthy. Candy-apple red, anyone?

–By Tara Cavanaugh

Fails/Wins of the Week: Golden Globes MEGA Part II

Pretty in Pinks and Pastels

Emma Stone looked fab in Calvin Klein (even though I can’t get used to her as a blonde. She’s one of my fave redheads!). I especially liked the sassy flash of skin she showed in the back (which was a bit of a trend).

Lea Michele, however, dressed as any dramatic diva would, but pale pink isn’t really her color and there were far too many ruffles.

She should have taken a note out of Glee castmate Dianna Agron’s book. She kept it simple and statuesque.

And Julianne Moore looked like she stole her dress straight from Pretty in Pink or the set of Dynasty. The hot pink and one sleeved dress was way too retro.

My two faves? Angela Chase (yes, I will never stop calling Claire Danes that) positively glowed in her pink frock. Looks like she’s definitely left her introspective, angsty, why-won’t-Jordan-Catalano-notice-me days behind her.

P.S. Check out her fabulous “Globes” quote.

And Hailee Steinfeld looked wonderfully age appropriate. Burgeoning starlets, take notice!

Go Green

Catherine Zeta-Jones looked gorgeous in green. And she wasn’t the only one.

Mila Kunis and Angelina Jolie also rocked it.

Albeit Jolie rocked it in a sparkly ’80s-tastic way.

Elizabeth Moss looked lovely as well, but she was my least favorite. Although the structure of the dress looked great from the front…

…the back looked bunchy.

Ra-ra-Red

Sofia Vergara: Va,va,va, voom in Vera Wang.

Edie Falco also looked ravishing in red.

January Jones might’ve gone for flashy, but her dress looked like she stuck some red duct tape across her boobs and then stuck a bunch saloon girl fringe to the bottom. Hey, a DIY cocktail dress.

Bring on the Sparklies

Now, we all know, I love the sparklies. And there were several ladies who did it right Sunday night.

Carrie Underwood: Shiny!

Olivia Wilde: Stunning in Marchesa. LOVE the dress. If the stars were made of sequins, her dress looks like how I would picture the Milky Way.

Megan Fox teases with just a dash of glitz.

J.Lo’s see through poncho? A sparkly hell no.

Anne Hathaway might look a bit like a disco ball, but her figure from the back is stunning. So saucy, Miss Hathaway.

Enough-les with the Ruffles

Ruffles were out in abundance—over abundance.

Amy Adams’ frills were oddly placed.

Less is more, ladies.

Julie Bowen

Jennifer Lawrence (She looked awesome in sparkles at The Critics’ Choice Awards.)

Jenna Ushkowitz

As my brother said, J. Lo Hew looks like she’s trapped in a giant oyster.