Friday, February 17, 2012

Doing Double-Takes

My original idea for this blog was to post only fashion disasters. However, after thinking about it, I decided to blog about fashion disasters (sometimes using photos I randomly take with my phone—don't worry, I blur all visible faces) and fashion triumphs (what I view as good fashion and style). That's how I got this blog name: Do a Double-Take. Whenever I do a double-take (or glance twice at someone for those who are not familiar with the term) it's because either I really like the person's style or I am appalled by it. Thus, this blog will highlight both sides.

I had been planning to start a fashion blog for a while, but I never took the time to get started until I posted this picture to facebook:

I took this image while at Sub Zero Ice Cream with Travis (my husband). I know that it's hard to see his clothes in this image—I wasn't originally planning on blogging about this specific picture. I've taken pictures of other fashion disasters in the past, but usually just ended up texting them to my friend Lakia or saving them on my phone and chuckling to myself. Anyway, when I posted this photo I mentioned on facebook that this photo gave me more inspiration to start my fashion disasters blog. I received encouragement from friends to do it. Now I am.

Let me clarify a little bit about why I think this is a fashion disaster.
  1. The shade of orange—he looks like he escaped from prison. I love orange, but not this specific shade. It looked exactly like "prison orange", as I call it.
  2. The fit of his pants. You can't really tell from the image, but the pants were baggy in the wrong spots and had a cargo pant feel to them. The bagginess and cargo-esque look to the pants add more fuel to the whole "prison" look and also remind me of NSYNC's old boy band looks.
  3. My overall personal taste toward men's clothing is that I'm not a huge fan of brightly colored pants on men. Not sure why, but it's just my personal taste.
Disclaimer: You are obviously allowed to your opinion and can disagree with any of my blog entries, but if they really bug you, then just stop reading this blog. You can post your comments if you want, but if you write anything disrespectful, rude, or vulgar, I will just delete your comment.

On that note. . . . I hope you enjoy reading my blog. I will be posting in the next day or two about "commuter fashion" and to go along with that, some funny stories about taking the bus up to work in Salt Lake. If you have anything specific that you would like to have me talk about on this blog, please let me know in the comments!

And in parting, I would like to post some cute orange finds. Obviously, don't wear all orange or too much orange at once! It's best (and easiest for those not completely comfortable with taking fashion risks) to wear orange with a neutral color since it's such a bright, vibrant color (see the middle two images below). Color blocking is a new trend where you can mix colors together so that it almost forms different "blocks" of color—but only do this if you know how to do it correctly (see the last image). If you're not sure which colors would look good with color blocking, look through fashion magazines/websites to see what has been done already as a guide. If you're daring and know that you have good taste and sense of color, go ahead and experiment with different colors yourself.


Banana Republic

Banana Republic

Color blocking. Some of these looks are a little out there, but it's a good way to see what colors work together.


  1. I'm so glad you're blogging.

    I have a whole series on "Mom jeans" for you.

  2. haha Melissa I love you. I remember talking about this in the lab last year! I might send you some awful fashion photos from Miami to add :)