The Luxe List

1 September 2014

Money + Perfect Looks=Style?

'Oh my god Becky, look at her butt! It's so big. She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends.' 

If you're not singing MC Hammer by now, you should be. That girl with the big butt in that song: yep, I confess, she's me, she's the woman that sat next to you earlier on the bus and she's probably a good chunk of the general population. But does that butt make her un-stylish?

Ladies, I present the ugly picture that is often painted for us and it's an equation even more hideous then my high school maths years :

Money+ perfect looks=style
 Or in a clearer picture:


It seems to me that style in modern culture is too closely associated with stereotypical views of beauty matched with endless money to splurge on those must-have designer items.
Obviously, you'd have to live in a cave not too know that models make clothes look amazing and slim, generically pretty girls are beautiful and can indeed be stylish, but surely a larger quirkier girl should stand just the same chance?

The Statistics
Number one: The ten most popular female look bookers are generically pretty, model-esque and about a size 8.
Last weeks most popular lookbooker: stylist and modelesque.

Don't get me wrong: these girls are super stylish, but where's the ladies with the slightly sticky out ears or the chunky thighs? Do their non-modelesque looks make others see them as not stylish?

If I have to look like this, will I even have a chance of my blog becoming more successful? I've got a lot of junk in the trunk, I have cellulite and my leg to torso proportions are all weird, but surely style is all about being yourself and working what you've got?
Little pear shaped old me

Don't get me wrong, am I by no means fat. I am a UK/AU 10-12 (US 6-8) That's what's scary about the world. If I'm questioning if my size stops me from being 'stylish', what are magazines and modern images of beauty making bigger women feel like? 

I Need A Dollar
I know I'm not the only one who browses fashion magazines and thinks 'how much for a jacket, blimey: that's a house deposit!'. With our fave glossies all presenting designer garments as whats stylish, how can us ladies in our early twenties keep up? After all, we are scraping the barrel saving up for a house deposit! It's all good for those women who earn a lot through their careers but surely magazines should provide trendy high street alternatives for the rest of us?
Harper Bazaar
Oh well, I guess we'll just have to use it as inspiration (and eyelusting) and hit the high street for copies.

 The Rich and Quirky Curse
Even having all the money and fame in the world is apparently not enough when it comes to being stylish. Disgustingly, designers refused to work with Melissa McCarthy on her Oscars outfit due to her size. Well, I think you'll agree that she looked super stylish! 

Quirky and cool Kelly Osbourne somehow always ends up on the worst dressed lists. Erm... how? Surely her unique, quirky **oh my gosh how did she pull that off* looks are exactly what makes someone stylish?

Could it be because she is not what we have been persuaded is generically 'beautiful?'

In my opinion, Khloe is by far the most stylish Kardashian sister. 

 Harshly branded 'the ugly sister', this beauty seldom sees the style star status of her sister Kim. 

Who? What? Wear?
 We all love a good street style snap of a stylish chic. But with these ladies wearing mostly designer brands, is it possible for a 'stylish' girl in high street clothes to ever get style snapped?

A New Equation
I personally think that style should be about individuality. Choose the trends that fit your figure, no matter what price range their in, choose colours that compliment your skin tone and make you feel great. And most importantly: wear something that makes you feel beautiful.

Let's make this the equation for style:

Confidence + Dressing for your figure= Style

What do you think?
Do you think modern views of beauty have too much of an impact on who can be stylish?




  1. I completely agree with you! Even about the Khloe thing - she is also the one with the best personality! The confidence part is key to having style - If you wear what looks good on your shape, and be confident - that is really all you need.


    1. Yes, confidence beats 100% perfection everyday! xx

  2. I agree with you. I think that every person is unique and has her/his own style. I also like Khloe best. Most lookbookers/it girls are extremely thin, namely Alexa Chung.

    Jasmine x
    For a Real Woman
    Instagram - Bloglovin

    1. I think that thin women are gorgeous, but so are curvier women! I just wish there was a bit more variety xx

  3. Lovely selection ^^


  4. Cute white dress :) M&MFASHIONBITES

    1. Its cute right? Think it was 10 bucks :) xx

  5. Love this post! Great questions and thoughts xx


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