May 31st — Fashion Challenge for the Fashion Challenged!

American Classic — Day 31

Ready for the quiz?  Have you stretched?  Are you full of coffee?  Are your kids firmly placed in front of a video?  Great.  Let’s remember what you’re playing for…

American_Classic_Yellow_dress

 Banana Republic yellow shift dress… size 6…

Polkadot

Tommy Hilfiger polka dot dress… Medium…

American_Classic_Boots

Clarks equestrian boots (size nine, runs small)

GO, GO, GO!

1.  If I were to write a hostile letter to the person who invented the bikini — who would I write to?

2.  What is the difference between cropped pants and capri pants? (Need help?  Check out ain’t no mom jeans)

3.  What are sling backs?

4.  Where did the expression, “Dressed to the nines” come from?

5.  Can you briefly describe “Posh eclectic” style?

You have until Saturday night with this one.  Winners will be announced on Sunday….  I’m apologizing in advance for any shipping delays.  I have three children and I hate going to the post office with them…  Good luck!

12 Comments

  • Rochelle says:

    1. Louis Réard
    2. Capris are shorter than cropped pants, falling mid- to lower calf. Cropped pants fall to shortly above the ankle.
    3. A backless women’s shoe with a strap behind the ankle.
    4. “To the nines” means to perfection or to the highest degree, said to be Scots in origin with the first recorded usage from a 1719 poem by Scottish poet William Hamilton.
    5. Unexpected pairings of glamorous clothing with more casual items.

  • Jamie says:

    1. Louis Reard

    2. Capri pants are shorter, hitting the widest part of the calf and not too flattering while cropped pants are longer, hitting just above the ankle.

    3. shoes with a strap that goes over the heel

    4. Depends on who you ask, but some suggest that on a scale of 1-10, the nines would be pretty darn snazzy. Another explanation might be that a tailor would use nine yards of material to make a suit (or, according to some authors, a shirt). The more material you had the more kudos you accrued

    5. a certain madcap glamour; made up of equal parts country-estate frump and the black-sheep aristocrat’s disregard for what’s acceptable.

  • Jen says:

    I love that polka dot dress!
    1.  Louis Réard invented the bikini.
    2.  Capris hit the legs at mid calf and cropped pants hit just above the ankle.
    3.  A sling back is a backless shoe held in place with a strap that goes behind the heel or ankle.
    4. There seem to be several theories about this one, so here is just one of many I found: “This expression, meaning “very fashionably and elaborately
    dressed”, is recorded from the 18th century.  “The nine” or “the
    nines” were used to signify “superlative” in numerous other
    contexts.  Theories include:  9, being the highest single-digit
    number, symbolized the best; a metanalysis of Old English to
    then eyne “to the eyes”; and a reference to the 9 muses.” (Amazon Askville)
    5.  According to the Lucky Guide to Style, Posh Eclectic is  “a certain madcap glamor; made up of equal parts country-estate frump and the black-sheep aristocrat’s disregard for what’s acceptable.” 

  • mommydear says:

    Coming out of lurkdom to wiggle excitedly in my seat and shout me, me, me, pick me! I adore that polka dot dress – it is fantastically flattering on you but I’m not trying to talk you into keeping it….so anyway, it has been sold out online but when I saw you’d bought it at an outlet, I started calling. And calling. And calling – from east coast to west, I couldn’t find a single outlet with one. I had given up on getting my hands on one until now. So here goes.
    1. Louis Réard
    2. Capris are shorter, hitting about 3/4 down the leg. Cropped pants hit just at the ankle bone.
    3. Open-backed shoes with a strap that goes around the back high on the heel but not all the way around the ankle. I can provides pics if needed because I’m not sure i described them very well.
    4. I always thought it referred to yardage required for a train or suit. But the interwebs have other answers! Like the number 9 indicating perfection or the British 99th Foot Regiment’s fancy uniforms.
    5. Yes. Umm I can’t find my Lucky Guide. Combination of seemingly incongruous pieces. Usually incorporates girly, fancy and everyday. Like a big tutu skirt and tailored blazer. Or evening dress and wellies.
    Whew. Fingers crossed.

  • Diana says:

    Hi, I love your blog! Your are are great writer with a hilarious sense of humor! Good luck on your fashion quest this year. And here are some answers to your quiz:
    1) Louis Reard
    2) Capris hit mid-calf and cropped pants hit just above the ankle
    3) A backless women’s shoe with a strap behind the heel
    4) Because tailors used nine yards of fabric to make a suit
    5) Pairing unexpected items together, like mixing the glamorous with the casual.

  • Jamie says:

    So I’m confused… am I supposed to email you or just leave my reply here in comments?? I want to play- I love those boots! Thanks!

  • Lauren says:

    1. Louis Réard (do I get bonus points for figuring out how to write the accent of the e?)…a man and an automobile manufacturer. Wow…
    2. Capri pants are sometimes in the ANMJ “danger zone” of mid-calf and are sometimes flared; cropped pants are pants that hit on the ankle (and are supposed to, not just because you are 5’10” and couldn’t find jeans long enough), and usually more fitted.
    3. Shoes that have a strap or buckle around the heel, rather than being closed in all the way around
    4. Google had lots of conflicting accounts of this one. The explanation I liked best was clothiers several hundred years ago who would make more clothes for more money…so, if you went “the whole nine yards” and wore nine yard of clothes/were dressed to the nines, you were wealthy (and, by extension, good-looking?).
    5. Really mixed up…take a lot of nice clothes that shouldn’t go together (a leather jacket and an evening gown; a lace dress with cowboy boots) and wear them together.

  • Hassanah says:

    My computer is acting up so I hope this will post. I had a bear of a time using the internet this morning. Argh!

    1. If I were to write a hostile letter to the person who invented the bikini — who would I write to? My answer: I know it was named after an island, something like the Bikini Atoll or something like that, but what is that guys name?????? I cannot recall. The real answer: Louis Reard. I would never have remembered this in a million years! Thanks Wikipedia. :)

    2. What is the difference between cropped pants and capri pants? (Need help? Check out ain’t no mom jeans) My answer: Both are above the ankle but there must be a subtle difference… I would say cropped are not tapered and Capri pants are. But then what are pedal pushers? Knickers? Hmmm… The real answer: Courtesy of eHow. The different between Capri and cropped pants is their length and flare out. Capri pants end at mid-calf and are flared. Cropped pants are longer and end just above the ankle. Their cut is narrower to have better form fit. Pants that hit below the knee to the mid-calf are called walking shorts. (So, I had it backwards…)

    3. What are sling backs? My answer: Shoes with a strap that goes around the heel, like the shape of a slingshot before the kids hurl a rock at your window. The strap goes around the heel and the heel is essentially “open.” The real answer courtesy of Wikipedia: A type of woman’s shoe that is backless and is characterized by a strap that crosses behind the heel or ankle.

    4. Where did the expression, “Dressed to the nines” come from? My answer: I am guessing it has to do with dressing for dinner in the “olden days” when they ate much later. You would get very dressed up to dine at 9 pm. The real answer: It is generally accepted that 9 had a significance in history. It could refer to using 9 yards of fabric to make a garment to signify wealth or it could refer to the 9 muses and is a tribute to dress to them.

    5. Can you briefly describe “Posh eclectic” style? My answer: What Posh Spice wears to her kids soccer games. I used to think it was what she would wear in concerts, but I am more convinced it is what she wears to make the other soccer moms feel bad. The real answer: Lucky describes as being “made up of equal parts country-estate frump and the black-sheep aristocrat’s disregard for what’s acceptable. This is a look that confidently combimes “thrift-store chic, Old Hollywood glamour; and urban sleekness.”

  • Autumn Buss says:

    1. Louis Réard
    2. Cropped is closer to the ankle; capri is sort of below mid-calf. Cropped are more of a fashion slam-dunk. Capris are really tricky and can end up looking dorky if too short.
    3. A backless shoe with a strap across the back right above the heel, to keep the shoe on, and it looks sexy.
    4. This harkens back to the days when tailors made clothes for the richer folks, and it took about 9 yards of fabric to make a suit, which of course meant it took 9 yards to make you look really decked-out. 8 yards of fabric just isn’t fancy enough.
    5. Posh eclectic is a style originating from England which involves blending 2 or more very different fashion looks, especially something very traditionally upper British crust and expensive looking with something really downhome, the result being sexy and irreverent. Boots–riding boots, rain boots in particular, are helpful.

  • June says:

    1. Louis Reard
    2. Cropped pants end right above the ankle, capri pants end a few inches below the knee.
    3. Shoes that are backless and have a strap behind the heel.
    4. There are many theories but some people say that the phrase came from the 18th century where tailors would use 9 yards of fabric to make a fancy suit.
    5. A juxtaposition of glamour with something edgy, like wearing an evening gown with a leather jacket.

  • Lara says:

    1. Louis Reard, I am stunned he was an engineer!
    2. Cropped pants are just above the ankle, not more than a few inches while Capri pants hit at the middle of the calf (I know ANMJ doesn’t like capris, but here I am sitting in my kitchen with them on and eating a donut!!!)
    3. Sling backs are the shoes that are open in the back and have an elasticized back that goes around your foot beneath your ankle.
    4. Tailors used to make suits with nine yards of fabric and a suit is a fancy outfit, hence dressed to the nines means your fancied up!
    5. Posh eclectic means pairing things that are a little unexpected. Its usually seen on brits, like Kate Moss. lucky magazine said its decadent details with a casual look, and a touch of girly whimsy and imagination. I think I hear a new style for June!! Maybe?

  • janicemercieri says:

    1. If I were to write a hostile letter to the person who invented the bikini — who would I write to?
    The garment style itself dates back to Greco-Roman world. There is art dating from the Diocletion period (286-305 AD). There are also archeological finds that depect the Roman goddess Venus wearing a bikini. The term “bikini” was coined by Louis Reard, a French mechanical engineer who in collaboration with Jacques Heim, a fashion designer introduced the modern bikini as the “Atome” as the world’s “smallest bathing suit”. Wouldn’t they be surprised at the evolution of the modern bikini?
    2. What is the difference between cropped pants and capri pants? (Need help? Check out ain’t no mom jeans)
    Capri: also known as “long shorts” typically end mid to upper-calf, just above the knee or anywhere in between.
    Crop: also known as “short pants” typically end at or just above the ankle.
    3. What are sling backs?
    A backless shoe that has a strap crossing behind the heel or ankle.
    4. Where did the expression, “Dressed to the nines” come from?
    Supposedly because “9” is the highest ordinal number, equating to “the best”. This expression, meaning “very fashionably and elaborately dressed”, is recorded from the 18th century. “The nine” or “the nines” were used to signify “superlative” in numerous other contexts. Theories include: 9, being the highest single-digit number, symbolized the best; a metanalysis of Old English to then eyne “to the eyes”; and a reference to the 9 muses.
    5. Can you briefly describe “Posh eclectic” style?
    It is a mix or blending of styles. Think of wearing your jeans with a mink. Or a cocktail dress with gothic jewelry. Or a great mix of fabrics, i.e. velvet, silk and lace with tweed, denim and wool.

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