I’m pretty sure this outfit is ironic. It’s a little ironic because of all the pieces in it, the only new item is the pair of jeans I’m wearing, which are intentionally torn to shreds. The pristine white shirt, snappy trench, new booties and sparkles? All used, resale, or vintage. The piece that looks like it came from the dump outside that sketchy apartment complex down the street? One of my few brand-new buys.
That’s ironic, right? RIGHT? No, seriously, I need affirmation, because ever since Alanis Morrisette ruined it for everyone, I’m always a little nervous to use that word. Way, way back in the fourth grade, my friend Erin and I would belt out that tune on the daily. We knew every lyric, and therefore adopted the Alanis definition of ironic. Which is, of course, totally wrong. Alanis seemed to believe that if something shitty happens, it’s ironic. Rain on your wedding day? Ironic! TEN THOUSAND SPOONS? Excessive – and ironic! A traffic jam when you’re already late? IRONIC! (and the story of my morning).
After Alanis boxed up her bajillion Grammys for that little ditty, she was eventually called out for her misuse of the word. This guy let her have it, and just last year, these two fixed the song for good:
The 90s really had a thing for that word, though. My young mind was forced to ponder it yet again when I finally watched Reality Bites. You know the movie: Diasllusioned gen-x-ers sing My Sharona in a pharmacy, and Ethan Hawke broods. I still remember this exchange around the i-word:
“Can you define ‘irony?'”
“It’s when the actual meaning is the complete opposite from the literal meaning.”
MIND. BLOWN. Let’s remember all of this was before I could just Google irony, and had to rely soley on pop-culture to inform my knowledge (so for a summer I assumed that guys only like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch). Luckily, though, those days are long gone, and I can rely on the internet to think for me! The word wide web offered up this definition of irony, and I think it gives me cause to use that word for this outfit:
IRONY: A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
Let’s follow that one through: One would expect that if a thrift-blogger is writing about thrifted clothing, the scuffed-up items in her wardrobe would certainly be thrifted. One would expect that if this blogger were to splurge on something new, it would be shiny and new. Any situation to the contrary would be, then, ironic.
…Don’t you think?
London Fog trench: Talize | $12.99
Blouse: Clothing swap | $0.25
Necklace: Gift from Yen
Anthropologie ankle boots: The Edit | $40.00
Jeans: American Eagle | $25