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“It’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean.” (From The Devil Wears Prada)

While writing my Wardrobe Therapy Tip #2, Know Your GTO, the words ‘our stuff’ triggered a movie memory moment that I simply must share: The movie:


The Devil Wears Prada (2006). The scene: Fashion Mag Runway’s EIC, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) explains the genesis of ‘our stuff’ to her newly hired/fashion uninspired co-assistant Andy, (Anne Hathaway) when she, Andy, commented that both belts looked the same to her, maybe because she was new to ‘this stuff’. Oh my,  let the tongue lashing begin…


“This… stuff? Oh okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select, I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.


However that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.


View the scene:


Disclaimer: To Casual Corner and all their clientele: Miranda Priestly’s opinion is just that – her opinion, and is in no way a reflection of mine – shop on!

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