Hallelujah! For once in my life, I’m ahead of the curve. And ahead of — can you believe it? — the fashion curve! Who woulda ever thunk it?
I read something the other day (and it wasn’t in The Onion) that said the newest fashion accessory is — wait for it — a book. Yep. Carrying a book instead of a purse or wearing a bracelet is the most hip look in today’s fashion world.
I, of course, have been carrying books with me since — well, really since I learned to read. I almost never go out of the house without a book. It’s true, however, that these days my books are on my iPad or my iPhone, which apparently don’t count as fashion accessories. Still, I had plenty of years where a ragged paperback book was often in my hand as I went for Point A to Point B.
But now, to be dressed to look like the perfect urban dweller, you must look like this…..
Being the grandmother of nine, I mostly just want to tell her to tie her shoelaces. My grandson Joseph took a bad fall one time tripping over his laces and I don’t want that to happen to her. I don’t think he was carrying a book.
I wonder whether she chose that particular book by the author, the title, or the color of the cover. The red is a nice contrast to the gray pant suit. Did she have to decide between the Stephen King book and Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear by Penn Jillette, or did that cover have too much pink?…..
How do you suppose she carries her money and credit cards? Does she tuck them into the pages of the book? Are the hundred dollar bills on page 100, the ten dollar bills on page 10 and so forth?
And when it comes to books-as-accessories, size matters, at least to me. Instead of something like the Stephen King hardback she is carrying, I would be leaning towards a paperback version of Of Mice and Men at a mere 112 pages. But if I was going for the big-and-smart-looking book, it would be War and Peace or Anna Karenina. It might deter muggers too. I have nothing against Stephen King, but if I want people to think I’m smart, I’m going Tolstoy all the way.
Also, I can’t help but notice that judging from the model’s svelte figure, unlike me, when she is sitting down and reading that Stephen King novel, she isn’t munching on Takis Hot Chili Pepper & Lime Tortilla Chips. If there is ever a time when carrying bags of chips will become a fashion statement, I will REALLY be ahead of the curve.