Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Decades of Fancy

Some lessons in being Fancy, brought to you by Fancy Pantalons, age 8-10ish.

Lesson #1: Go with what you know, and go for broke; less is never enough, and more just barely cuts it. Demonstrate your passion for impeccable music and a "street" attitude with a tasteful patch featuring the name of your favorite boy band from Boston over your left front pocket.

Lesson #2: Fortune and fashion favor the bold. Sport unfortunate pairings (e.g. socks and sandals) before others realize they're a no-no, thereby remaining always pre-trend. Sunglasses convey an uppity sensibility, so choose frames in a friendly color. Always accessorize with a small child, preferably several (plastic children will work in a pinch).


Lesson #3: Fashion does not exist in a vacuum. It's important to contextualize, and nothing says "I'm successful!" more than a nod to the institution that facilitated your greatness. Ties to patriotism should not be too overt, however; a grimacing visage tempers the grandiose surroundings, telling the onlooker: "I care. But just a barely appropriate amount." Be always attentive to body language: arms crossed, legs in fifth position say: "Don't mess with me, I sort of know ballet." When in doubt, pink tights.


  1. OMG! THESE ARE INCREDIBLE!! The matching denim bag, the look on your sister's face in the second photo, the third photo which practically screams, "I gotcher emancipation proclaimation right here!" So fabulous.


  2. Oh Fancy, I fancy these photos! What style! What attitude! And, I might add, you've still got "it"!!


  3. Nick, I couldn't have said it better myself. OMG, Fancy. OMG. My respect for you just increased tenfold. I didn't even know it was possible. Thanks for starting my day off with a hearty guffaw. With you, of course. Never in a million years at you. :)

  4. I can't believe you have been *this* cool since you were a kid! I have only barely approached cool in the past 10 years...and the jury's still out. How did I ever trick you into being my friend? I showed Steve these pictures and he was awestruck!

    Both of us are seriously impressed by how you employed Cassandra in these photographic demonstrations of coolness. You two are like living mannequins of style. Wowsa!

  5. Thanks, everybody!

    Karen: Pshaw and a half, my friend. Pshaw and a half. You and Steve are paragons of cool.

    And how cute is Cassandra? She's always been half my size, but twice as spunky.

  6. I just realized that if you enlarge the second photo, you are rewarded with a glimpse of my peach fanny pack.

  7. Oh shut up! Look at your flair and your spunk! I LOVE it. Love it. Love it. And your commentary today? Undid me. Bravo, Fancy. Bravo.