Monday, August 3, 2009

Thread Social

This is an example of High WASP-approved clothing. It's from a line I had never heard of. Thread Social. We like brands no one has ever heard of. Disciplined, lacking in frou-frou, beautiful in material, restrained but memorable color schemes. Some of their clothes are admittedly more High WASP than others. Take a look at number 18. Some pieces not so much. As in the jumpsuit. We like to think we're broadminded. Homage to trends is lovely if you don't get carried away. But please don't make us wear jumpsuits. Or leggings, for that matter.

The best High WASP-approved style will most likely appeal to a range of tastes. For instance, I found these clothes at some notes on napkins, a cool-fashion-forward-young-person site if ever I saw one. Generally enthusiastic about studded shoes with 6-inch heels, zippers, and things shredded or transparent. She liked Thread Social's 2009 Resort Line. So it must be a little bit out there.

Upon further examination, I realized that some of Thread's dresses sported nautical motifs. Which would bring us to the realm of prep style. I asked two leading arbiters what they thought. It's a go. Said Muffy,
I really love the clean lines and fun aesthetic of the dresses. They are simple but clearly well made.
Said Hopsy,
The items actually really remind me of Gossip Girl outfits, can you see that? I can just see Jenny Humphrey showing up in one of the more eclectic styles and Blair donning the more classic, chic dresses.
Thank you both for your quotes, by the way. Much appreciated.

I suppose in our slightly headstrong High WASP way, a la Katherine Hepburn, we are going to insist again that we like an aesthetic, not a brand per se. We will say that the more groups who find our style appropriate, the better. We hate to be inappropriate, no matter where we go or who we sit with. I think my mother would put it best. I hear her voice clearly, "Very good-looking darling." She might have worn this, when she was my age.

She calls me darling. I call my children darling too. Shopping habits are only one part of the zeitgeist (big word of the day), albeit the part the generates the best pictures. Everything I say is as true as I can make it. Who knows if it matters?

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Blogger Little Bow Prep said...

I rather like the first dress.

Zeitgeist- spirit of the times. I still vividly remember my World History teacher lecturing about it. His class was terrific.

August 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Sher said...

Wondering if I could wear either of those to the office? The last one to my untrained eye looks like a nightgown robe.

August 3, 2009 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger LPC said...

Not thinking office. First one would be for a younger woman going to a party, the second one for an older woman having a party at her own house. In my context at least.

August 3, 2009 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Ooh! Thanks for the link!

August 3, 2009 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Uhhhhh, what's a zeitgeist? Is that a condition? Can I take something for it?

August 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Peonies and Polaroids said...

They're beautiful, I'd wear either. My mum calls me darling too. I call my boy darling. I'd call more people darling but I fear that they would mistake me for one of those theatre types who can't remember anyone's name so call everyone darling. Or petal.

August 3, 2009 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Imogen Lamport said...

I'm starting to wonder if I'm a high wasp as I understand and use all your big words of the day?

My Dad always called me darling too.

Very interesting - I'm not sure if there is any preppy or high -wasp Australian equivalent!

August 4, 2009 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Someone said...

Imogen...I don't know a whole lot about the strata of the culture, but I'm pretty sure the Aussie version of WASPs have to use RP, for starters...

August 4, 2009 at 4:00 AM  
Anonymous Jan said...

ROFL @ NGIP; hiya, dear!

The problem with being a Low WASP is the fact that I AM low - I mean short. 5 feet tall short. Short-waisted and short-legged short. Everything I purchase is at least an inch too long on me - I doubt I could pull either of those dresses off.

August 4, 2009 at 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Academic, Hopeful said...

My English boy bangs on about being appropriate over any suggetion of trying too hard/to look cool. And, of course, he calls me 'darling' with a quite a hefty stress on the first syllable.

Thanks for nomination, LPC. I will save it up for when I am really struggling, which will certainly be in the next few days. You're on a roll with the posts. Well done.

August 4, 2009 at 6:38 AM  
Anonymous Academic, Hopeful said...

ps. excuse typos (ie 'suggestion' and extra 'a'). I really should use that preview function!

August 4, 2009 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Midlife Mama said...

Okay. Really? Because I just don't get it. I guess my plebeian ways are showing, because I just think they're all butt-ugly. And to pay several hundred dollars for such ugliness? Ummm no. Kohl's, here I come. :)

August 4, 2009 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

need to go look up that word in the dictionary now...

August 4, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Muffy said...

Great post! Love Thread!

August 4, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger LPC said...

I know. Zeitgeist is kind of pretentious. I always hope it's clear when I have my tongue in my cheek but perhaps I need an icon for that. Jan, do you have the HTML code for that???. I suppose you can think of zeitgeist as a sort of rash of culture...

August 4, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger porter hovey said...

I just wanted to thank you sooo much for posting the Mad Men link on your sidebar!! Keep your fingers crossed! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

August 4, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Dickie said...

Check out the Thread Design's bridal collection - true high wasp with a great custom linen, seersucker and eyelit collection that is known for being ordered just because.

August 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger LPC said...

Porter, you are more than welcome. Dickie, I took a look. I have a 22-year old daughter so a girl can dream.

August 5, 2009 at 6:56 AM  

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