This musing was inspired by my two lovely and fashionable friends, Mercedeh & Mojdeh. These girls put the Prrrrr in Persian!
If I had to choose one word to describe their style? Chic. They’ve also got that cool “je ne sais quoi” thing going on that only a select few fashionistas possess, like the iconic Kate Moss. Whether it’s a fabulous blazer, dress, blouse or scarf, a pair of killer heels or boots, or perfectly fitted jeans – it’s just so easy for these girls to look comfortably chic….or is it??
One of my favorite sayings is a Farsi phrase that Mercedeh taught me: Bokosho Khoshgelam Kon. Translation: “It’s killing me, but I look beautiful”. I love this expression! It even sounds chic. The first time it rolled off my tongue was at our friend Lara’s pool party a couple summers ago. I was so proud!
However, there is some debate that my perfect pronunciation was actually due to my consumption of some potent home-made margaritas. The popular theory is that these margaritas were SO powerful they literally had me speaking Farsi. But that is another story…
What girl hasn’t sacrificed comfort & safety for beauty & fashion at some point? Sure, we’ve come a long way from the corsets, foot binding, and rib removal (ick!) of the past, but we still remain a pretty dedicated bunch when it comes to suffering to look good.
Christian Louboutin was recently in town to autograph the crimson-soled stilettos of his DC fans. Even he admits that comfort is not his sole goal, saying “I would hate for someone to look at my shoe and say, ‘Oh my God! That looks so comfortable!’ That’s not what I want to project.”
If you can grin & bear the pain in the name of vain, more power to you! The key is to smile, bat those eyelashes, and never convey to the world that you (a) can’t breathe or (b) can no longer feel your feet. After all, not all of us can be as inherently chic as those fab Farsi-nistas.