10.07.2006

Oh My Gosh. Let's Listen to Plain White T's!

I was reading the Delias catalogue with my friend Liz before lit the other day. Once class started we, naturally, put it away. But our teacher requested we take it out. Picking it up, he started talking about Dante's Inferno and how the catalogue represented the blank banner the souls that neither heaven or hell wanted followed for eternity.
Which brings me to the point of this post.
Let's talk about Delia. She's a girl who exclusively buys her clothes from Delias (okay, let's be honest, she probably has a few from Forever 21) and you can tell. Chances are, if you saw an outfit in the catalogue she'd have worn it at least once.
The freshmen class at my school is plagued with these girls.
Really, I have nothing wrong with buying a few clothes from one store. But, my God, at least be somewhat original. They may look cute but, it's no fun to have everyone know where you bought all your clothes, nor is it fun to wear the same thing every damn day.

21 Comments:

Anonymous april said...

true true true.

peace
&
love

6:58 PM  
Blogger S said...

i agree. there is more than one store in the world people, so use some variation.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go to a public high school in California in a somewhat ritzy area, and it seems like all the girls buy the same three outfits and then wear them constantly; the havianas and uggs and high heels, the citizens and true religions and sevens, the northface fleece and juicy couture and A&F sweatshirts; everything comes in threes and everyone dresses the same, it gets old really fast

8:15 PM  
Blogger Isabel said...

Your teacher sounds hilarious!!! I like that umbrella shirt. Luckily no one at my school shops at Delias (we're stull stuck on AE and hollister), so I'm still allowe dto think it's cute!

8:58 PM  
Anonymous rebekah said...

so true. ugh. however, my school is more overrun by the hollister- and a&f-whores. i don't get why everyone wants to look like everyone else.

9:00 PM  
Blogger missc said...

Now why can't my lit teacher be more like that?
Vancouver has a plethora of those Delia girls, but they have Juicy and all things Talula Babaton instead of Delias.

11:06 PM  
Blogger london_bird said...

leith,not everyone who listens to plain white t's is just jumping on the bandagon.
GOT IT?
and i am fully agreeing with this post.
except for the headline

2:24 AM  
Anonymous nuff said said...

I am always suspicious of people who focus on what other people are doing rather than what they are doing.

I bet that if we all focused a little more on what we wear and a little less on what other people wear we'd be happier and better dressed.

It seems to me that you, dear blogger, almost exclusively shop at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Forever 21. That's fine with me.

But when you mock those who shop at Dehlia's I wonder what your point is.

The day you start identifying things I cannot find in my local mall (or any mall in the US) is the day I will think you are on to something.

Until then, I will always wonder if you are someone who defines herself by being critical of others.

Don't get me wrong. I like your blog and in no way want to discourage you from being yourself. And I will continue coming back here to see what you have to say.

I just wish I could also find a place where new ideas are discussed.

Though I really don't love that head to toe thrift shop look, I admire the girls I see who can combine a few things from the mall with a few things from a flea market with a few hand-me-downs to create a clever, unique, personalized style.

My neighbor Louise is like that. I was with her when she bought a scuzzy pair of boots at a yard sale. Covered in mold, they had this bizarre patina of greyish moss that grossed me out.

But she brought them home, completely disinfected them and paired them with a skirt from Mark Jacobs and a t-shirt from Wall-Mart and I've got to tell you she looks spectacular in that outfit.

I asked her for her secret and she told me she's all about the silhouette.

Hearing how she creates her look has given me alot more to think about than attacks on girls who like Delia's.

Please please please don't think I am attacking you. I am not. I WILL ALWAYS read your blog and appreciate your writing. I just wonder if you can focus more on style dos, than style don'ts.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Lexie said...

there's no delias nearby, but it's pretty much the same thing with american eagle/abercrombie syndrome.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to nuff said:
i think leith's whole point IS that girls should incorporate different clothing brands into each outfit - not completely rip an outfit from the catalog. ?

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make me laugh. Seriously, your blogs are really funny. Keep up the good work.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

I must agree. Even though my school has a god awful uniform, whenever the girls get a chance to dress differently...they're all Aberzombies with Vera Bradley purses.

1:01 PM  
Blogger jayne said...

whenever i walk into delia's i always see a bunch of skinny, dyed straight hair, tight clothed teens, who may i also add are quite rude! i used to love that store too, when i was their age- but now i pick up the occasional blazer, but mainly steer clear of it altogether. if you really do have to pick one store, go with anthropologie or urban outfitters, where the stuff is so diverse, that it's pretty hard to pinpoint where the clothing is from. but i find that the worst thing is looking @ girls who wear minis over leggings, yuck! they think they're soo fashionable too, that's the funny thing. although don't think that my school doesn't have its fair-share of A&F & Hollister trend-whores...

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amen to that, sister. here in toronto it's completely american eagle/hollister/a&f...jeans and a logo t-shirt..blahblahblah how boring can you get?!

5:45 PM  
Anonymous grace said...

Yes. Because its so orginal how you wear Urban Outfitters every day Leith. You're a real podium of diverse style.

7:10 PM  
Blogger *emma* said...

i like the plain white ts! and i like delias, but not exclusively. seriously, it is rather sickening when your outfit goes fleece/polo/jeans/flats...
*peace*

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ugh i hate abersnobby and bitch.

9:32 PM  
Blogger joanna said...

i actaully really like delia's. the stuff is cute and it's definitely not the trend here. most girls just wear that typical american eagle logo shirs, and boy, do they layer. like 4 shirts when it's 90 degrees out, and the shirts bulge underneith each other! not a good look. usually with a frayed demin miniskirt, flip flops (even when it's freeeeeeezing out, something i have never understood) and the like. it's a boring look. i mean, why would you purposely try to look like everyone else? makes no sense to me.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.
But what's even less fun?
The girls at my school who wear shirts that say Abercrombie or Hollister or have the little logo thingy.
Then NOBODY can be like, "Cute shirt, whered you get it?" cause its pretty much screaming "FROM ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH!!!"
Another thing? They layer too much. Short sleeve henley + lace cami + ripped jeans = every outfit at my school. Lammee.

Um, yeah. Kind of heard about Plain White T's awhile ago. So if you're implying what I believe you're implying, chyeahh!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Marisa said...

this post is really funny to me cuz i interned at delias over the summer.. =D

7:09 PM  
Anonymous sarahh said...

ew, i completely agree. garage recently moved to our town, and our school is plagued with garage sale shoppers on dress down days - . -

6:27 PM  

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