Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lucie's Fashion Rules

I have a seven-year-old sister named Lucienne.

She is very opinionated and loves to give me advice about everything. One of her favorite pastimes is talking about fashion, so I decided to allow her to pick out my clothes for a few days. I told her that I needed outfits to wear on school days and I let her take care of the rest. Here are a few of her fashion rules:
- Pretty girls never wear pants
- Pink is the best color
- Sparkles are always appropriate
- Always put your hair in an updo
- Always get dressed up
- Glamorous girls wear perfume
- Wear lots of jewelry

All of the following outfits were approved by Lucie herself, but I "don't look as smashing as [her] ideas."

I decided to wear the outfits while doing the things I would ordinarily do in order to show the contrast between how I looked in Lucie's clothes and what I would normally wear. I decided to start by applying perfume and putting my hair in a glamorous updo.

I then checked the mail. I felt silly wearing this in front of all the people driving on University Avenue, but I'm sure I made someone laugh that day.

I then walked to campus and stopped to read the Daily Universe, like I often do.

I ran into a friend and we chatted for a bit. She was a little embarrassed to be seen with me while I was dressed up, so she didn't stay long.

I also talked to someone I didn't know to see how he would react. He was smiling and trying not to laugh for the whole conversation, especially after I told him why I was dressed like this.

I walked around campus like this and felt very out of place, so I was glad that it was kind of empty.
I ran into another friend who thought that my project was hilarious. She even was willing to walk with me a little way.
While working on this project, I found that I got a lot more attention than I normally do. Most people would glance at me and look confused as they walked by, and some smiled or laughed. The people I talked to either thought I was crazy or creative, but all of them were reluctant to take a picture with me. I'm glad I don't dress like this every day, because apparently it's a little off-putting to dress like a seven-year-old.


  1. You do look quite "glamorouse"!

  2. First off, I think I once almost bought that lunch bag your sister is holding. Secondly, did she say your outfits weren't as smashing as her ideas after you had shown her the photos? I'm just curious what her reaction was, since she is so opinionated. Lastly, I really like the idea of checking the mail in a formal gown. It's definitely something a little girl would dream of doing. I love this concept, and the pictures are great.

  3. I love that you included her drawing and rules. You have one spunky little sister. I loved your outfits and the pictures were interesting to look at.

  4. I love how you are doing mundane tasks all 'dolled' up.

  5. Brilliant. I only wish there were more text, more human interaction, more explanation of how others looked at you as you undertook this project. And the picture of your sister is great, her unabashed character shines through brightly.

  6. This project is hilarious. I especially like the picture of you getting the mail while wearing your heels.

  7. This reminds me so much of my nieces, I love it. It is such a funny project and reminds of the movie Enchanted