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Dressing like Carrie: Day Seven

March 18, 2010

AllyG: And it’s over!

Day seven is finally here. While I definitly had fun with this challenge, it was also very…challenging. Trotting around in wacko clothes while on maternity leave is not easy, my friends. Receiving blank stares from my husband as I came downstairs dressed in challenge-ready attire is also a little disconcerting. Well, ok, that was sort of funny. So, while I still love to look at Carrie dressed as Carrie, I have decided that I will stick with being Ally. I think my style is still carefree, but perhaps a bit more age (and suburb) appropriate. With that said, there were some aspects of today’s outfit that I liked. Let’s get to it!

Today’s Inspiration:

Topknot hairstyle! Which, is sort of my go-to look anyway, but I made it extra high today!

Scarf on arm (Remember in season four when she was trying to quit smoking for Aidan? Scarf was to cover the patch!)

Cargo pants…I’m not touching the sheer blouse business. I’m fine dressing crazycakes but I ain’t working no whorecake angle. You dig?



Let’s take a look!

Aviators: Dressed in Time

Shirt: American Apparel

Scarf: Biscuit (I believe…)

Pants: Mexx from Samuel and Co.

Shoes: Guess from Century 21 in NYC

Necklace: Dunno, probably Claire’s?

Bathing Suit Top (you can’t really see it, but it’s there, halter style): “Borrowed” it from my friend, Roz, years ago. Hi Roz!

Belt: Frenchy’s

Note: Do you like how I’m listing all of these items as if you are going to go out in a mad dash and try to recreate the outfit for yourselves? So awesome.

Not only did I take the garbage cans back up to our shed in front of the neighbourhood (it was 14 degrees in Halifax today, trust me, they were all out. In fact, my next door neighbour took these photos). I also picked up the husband from work wearing this. Imagine his delight! I believe his words were, “When the #$%#%$ is this going to be over?” and “Make sure my friends don’t see you like that when they pick me up for Ribs.” I know, swoooooooon.

So, my friends, alas all weird things must come to an end. This ends the Dressing like Carrie challenge. I honestly cannot believe I embraced this challenge so easily when it was proposed by L-A. In the words of Lady Gaga, “I wish I could shut my playboy mouth”.

Anyway, Don’t cry, no….no…dry those tears, for L-A is next up to bat as the Heathers girls. We notice that you are loving these interactive challenge type thingys, so tell us what else you want. We love blogging and we love you reading, so give it to us, tell us what you need. We blog to serve.

L-A: I don’t know about you, but I’m sad that it’s over. This has been fun.  I really love that she jumped on this without me having to beg or bribe.  It was all for shits and giggles.

I came to a realization during this whole thing: it not Carrie’s clothes that everyone loves. Let’s face it, Ally has inadvertently proved that if a normal person dressed like Carrie, it makes that otherwise normal person look like a crazy lady. It’s not the clothes. It’s not even the style, because let’s face it, it’s a mixed bag of a style. What people love is the character of Carrie. They love SJP. She could have worn a paper bag for six seasons and the world would still love her style.  That’s just my theory.

If we had the cash and Ally was even crazier, I’d suggest we go even further to recreate Carrie’s outfits. (we can’t because Ally won’t and because El Jeffe would probably put a hit out on me). Dollars to donuts she’d get a whole lot of head tilts and WTF looks on the streets. Even if she wore Carrie’s actual outfits – all the designers and labels in the world wouldn’t make you think that Ally was less crazy.  And it’s not an age thing: the character of Carrie was always older than Ally is now.  It’s the character, not the clothes that really make up the Carrieness that everyone loves. And that’s okay. It helps me come to terms with why everyone says she looks so fabulous when I think she looks like a crazy bag lady.

Alrighty, enough soapboxing from me, let’s get down to scoring. Today’s outfit was great. It will never top the ridiculosity of Day Six, but it’s hard to make that kind of magic happen everyday.  It was borderline Safe Carrie, but she saved it with the bikini top and the scarf.  Here’s the score:

ridiculous scarf on the arm: +1

wearing a bikini top during completely inappropriate weather: +1

(I don’t care how warm it was yesterday or how much was sun was out, it is still March and it is not that warm. This is the only time I will ever give points for wearing a bikini in March).

Doing chores while dressed like that: +1

Necklace with beads the size of BabyG’s head: +1

Actually doing this for seven days: +2

Today’s total: +6

Overall score: +20.5

Yay! You scored 20.5 points! I have no idea what that means! But it’s awesome.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. allygarbs permalink*
    March 18, 2010 9:16 am

    You know what is weird though? I wouldn’t think twice if I saw someone dressed like Carrie in Halifax. Seriously, I’m not kidding. I often see people downtown wearing the most wacked out outfits, but instead of giving the headtilt, I sort of admire the confidence it must take to dress like that in Halifax. I love the character of Carrie, and I love her fashion bravery. I think the difference between myself and Carrie is that she pulls it off (I know L-A disagrees with this, along with many others). My point is, I think you can work a lot of fashion angles as long as you back it up with self-esteem. I couldn’t. You could say my heart just wasn’t in the knee socks.

    • L-A permalink*
      March 18, 2010 9:47 am

      I do admire the bravery behind some of the crazier outfits I see on the street. I sometimes wish I had it in me to carry a Style like that. Because it is all about how you wear it – which is why it works for Carrie. SJP is acting when she dresses like that, so of course she owns it. If she didn’t, she would be sucking as an actress.

      And while there are a few of your outfits I wouldn’t head tilt if I saw you wearing them (so long as the weather was appropriate), some of Carrie’s actual outfits really would make me head tilt. Even if the wearer was owning it, I’d be questioning the knee socks or the fanny packs or the sheer tops over black bras.

  2. March 18, 2010 9:34 am

    I love it, and will miss the challenge desperately. Good job. Not as crazy as I thought, but then, I’ve been called a crazy dresser in the past.
    You have a new blog fan. Looking forward to watching the Heathers challenge next!

    • allygarbs permalink*
      March 18, 2010 10:37 am

      Thanks, Natalie! So glad you enjoyed, and that you are a new fan! L-A is going to rock this challenge.

  3. Ivy permalink
    March 18, 2010 10:30 am

    Best week ever. Congrats! Anxious to see a very brave L-A. It’s harder with the ’80s look!

    • allygarbs permalink*
      March 18, 2010 10:37 am

      It is, I’m so excited to see L-A bring it. I know she will.

    • L-A permalink*
      March 18, 2010 1:25 pm

      It’s going to be a tough one – dressing like a Heather will be a fine line between costume and looking like a poor girl’s Blair Waldorf (the tights matching the accessories). I have warned co-workers.

  4. March 18, 2010 4:28 pm

    Looking Good mama!

  5. March 19, 2010 1:58 pm

    Awesome, awesome, AWESOME challenge! I loved every single post. Ally, you did such an amazing job. Wish some of the pictures were a bit more “public”, but the sight of you swinging a compost pail like it was Carrie’s hideous Eiffel Tower purse is PRICELESS.

    I really enjoyed the week, and as always, the blog. So sad it’s over. Le sigh. Can’t wait to see L-A’s Heathers next. I also vote for lots more challenges in the future!

  6. March 19, 2010 2:01 pm

    Oh! You should post all of Ally’s looks together and get a reader poll on “best look”! Fun!


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