Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Fashion Frenzy

I have met the enemy, and the enemy is fashion. I've been scouring the shops of Pamplona, looking for my perfect outfit, but to no avail. I have however discovered that the 60s, 70s, and 80s are alive and well in Spanish fashion. Entering any clothing store literally makes my head spin, it's like a psychedelic explosion of mini-dresses, caftans, leggings, and impossibly puffed sleeves. Looks like the designers couldn't come up with anything new, so they slapped together a garish combination of fashions past. What's a girl to do? I need something to wear, so I started trying stuff on. I learned quickly that ruffled layer dresses make me look a bit like a sugary wedding cake with legs, and that puffed sleeves give me flashbacks to high school. I knew the 80s were back, but have yet to succumb to the mullet or to wearing leggings under skirts. Like, oh my god, gag me with a spoon! What are things coming to? Next thing you know those Cindy Lauper tulle skirts will be back, or maybe by the time I finish writing this, they'll be old news. No wonder we become fashion victims. The designers' strategy is to confuse us as much as possible, and with the help of shop assistants who say "you look simply divine!", by the time we leave the shop we'll think anything looks good, or even if it doesn't - hey, it's in fashion.
Think I'll stick with the 60s revival, since it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. Now if only they'd make a copy of this other Breakfast at Tiffany's dress, not quite so famous as the black Givenchy dress, but I certainly wouldn't mind having it. By the way, they're selling the real thing at Christie's, bidding starts at $20,000. Let me just check my wallet. Is there anybody out there who can lend me $19,900? Now if only I can beat Victoria Beckham to the auction. Oh wait, it isn't until May 30th - too late for Ro's Communion, guess I'll have to settle for something else.

Update 19:30: "Veni, vidi, vici" - I came, I saw, I conquered Pamplona's shops and came away victorious. You'll just have to wait to see what's in these bags.


  1. Wow, four different bags I see. I wonder what you bought. Do we get to see it before the communion or do we have to wait for the pictures of that day??????
    Did Jesus and the girls have to get things too for the occasion or were their closets still pretty well stocked?

  2. well, there is a Mnago in one...and that is always delicious.
    And I don´t get the newest recovery of leggings under short shirts either. It´s all over Iceland! I hated them way back then too!

  3. what´s teh occasion we are shopping for...wait...I see I still have to read some posts below. Maybe the answer is somewhere in there!

  4. yep...Ro´s communion. Got it!

    Now show us what you bought!

  5. I was behind a woman at the checkout at Home Depot the other day who was probably about 45 and she was wearing one of those 80s style outfits with the wide shoulders and broad white belt, and she had a sort of Pat Benatar hairstyle. Poor thing, I bet she was pretty hot back in 1983.

    I'm not exactly sure what this has to do with your post.

  6. Mem: I got something for the communion and something else just because I liked it. I'll try to get pictures before the big day if I can. Jesús is wearing what he has, men don't usually like shopping and do what they can to avoid it. Carmen is wearing a dress that was Pepita's when she was 18, we had it fixed and it looks great. And Vio got a new dress, new shoes, the works.

    Minka: I love Mango too, they always have great stuff and Zara is also one of my favorites. Do you have Zara over there? Leggings under skirts should be banned , they are definitely an eyesore. Yep, we're counting down to Ro's communion, big thing here in Spain. I'll try to get pictures of what I bought up soon, I got a yummy dress and some cute shoes.

    Diesel: Here the 80s are an epidemic these days, almost everybody dresses like that around here these days. I'm hoping this fashion will blow over soon, it's giving me flashbacks to high school. So, was that woman an isolated incident or are there more around like her? Maybe she was a Spanish tourist visiting Home Depot, that's a must see.

  7. My husband hates shopping too, however, he's worse than a woman when it comes to getting dressed.
    He'll try on everything in his closet, model everything for me and ask if he looks fat. I'm the one who is always dressed and waiting on him impatiently. :0P