Midweek Musings: The {Insert designer} Girl

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Growing up, (and whether you're 18 or 80, you still have time to grow!) you think a lot about the person you are and the person you want to be. Throughout high school, and particularly this past summer, I thought a lot about the girl I wanted to be, and each day I seemed to model her after someone different. One day I would be Alexa Chung. Then I'd be Gwyneth Paltrow. Kate Middleton. Jenna Lyons. Anna Wintour. Emma Stone. Zooey Deschanel. Sarah Vickers. Audrey Tautou. I'd be all of these women, but ironically I would never be myself. I spent so much time modeling my "look" after someone else, that my own personal style was sitting on the bleachers.

So now, flipping through fashion week slide shows, (Style.com, people. Add it to your bookmarks.) I notice that the reviewers refer to each designer's aesthetic as the "Alexander Wang girl," or the "The Row girl," or "The J. Crew girl." Each "girl," from each collection has explicit interests, careers, and passions. These "girls" got me thinking. Why can't I have an "Anna Elizabeth" girl? And if I did, what would she be? How would I define her? And most importantly, is she going to be someone I wish I was or someone that I truly am? Hmmm.

{currently listening to}

+ - Ed Sheeran

{Jenna Lyons: Creative Director at J. Crew}

{Alexa Chung: Television Presenter and Contributor to British Vogue}

{Gwyneth Paltrow: Actress}

{Catherine Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge}

{Anna Wintour: Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue}

{Emma Stone: Actress}

{Zooey Deschanel: Actress and Singer/Songwriter}

{Sarah Vickers: Personal Style Blogger}

{Audrey Tautou: French Actress}


  1. Hey! I just discovered your blog — love it :) Also, I'm totally struggling with a personal identity crisis about who the "Alex Girl" is.

    I'd really like to get together with a bunch of UGA bloggers, or at least create some kind of network of us. Do you know of any others?



  2. Thank you for commenting Alex! I just sent you an email; let me know if it didn't go through!

  3. Didn't go through! Also, I think maybe my last comment didn't go through either (tech issues for bloggers... not a good sign, haha). Send me an email here:

  4. laughlin (dot) alex (at) gmail (dot) com