February 26, 2013

Pattern Blind

I left the kitchen after making the kids' lunches the other day, only for a moment was I gone, and when I walked in, there stood Bones.

In an outfit that was just so... very... wrong... that I picked up my cell phone and snapped a picture of it. He looked up and said, "Why'd you take a picture?"

To which I replied, "Just because..." and I walked back out of the room.

I sent the picture to my sister that said, "We are pattern blind..."

And her reply was, "The Great Flambina dresses like that often, but she is 4."

And I txt'd back, "4... 14... what is 10 years?"


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There are battles I will pick and battles I will not. Bones is the type of kid that will argue with you if it's raining outside and you state it. He'll tell you that it's not only not raining, but it's a heat wave.

So I don't argue.

He got in the car that afternoon after school and said, "Mom, I get why you took a picture of me this morning..."

I just shrugged.

He continued, "Why didn't you tell me?"

I looked over, raised my eyebrows and said, "Really? Did you not pass by a mirror? Are you kidding? And then have you get all defensive about why it was fine? Right. You can look like a fashion disaster. I pick my battles..."

"Fine," he went on. "I had tons of kids say things and I convinced them all it was planned. This was the new fashion, stripes and plaid. I told them I did it intentionally..."

Knowing Bones, he completely pulled it off. It's all about looking confident.

Good grief.

I remember being a young engineer at Company X, fresh out of college but for a year. I walked into a meeting and in walked an engineer, kind of scruffy, wearing brown pants, a pink gingham short sleeved shirt, and a brown shiny tie with four big diagonal stripes of different shades of brown. It was the most hideous ensemble I had ever seen.

I just stood there staring. I was introduced to him and I don't even remember what it was about; the outfit was so appalling. That's what I remember, meeting him and what he wore.

This coming from a woman that is not known for her mad fashion sense. I wear solids for a reason.

When the engineer left I said to my boss, "Is he married?"

My boss replied in the affirmative.

I shook my head and said "Good God, she must hate him. No way in hell would I let my man leave the house looking like that... looking like a complete and utter fool."

A month later I heard she'd left him, just packed up the kids and left.

He seemed like a nice enough guy, but dang, I think I nailed that one just on his attire.

I figure, as a parent, some things aren't worth the fights.

As a spouse? It might be a sign that you just don't care anymore.

Then again... then too it might fall into the 'not worth the fight' category.

Posted by Boudicca at February 26, 2013 10:54 PM

I think he's looking at the colors and the lines, patterns and texture. He actually looks quite fashionable to me. I could easily see that in a Abercrombie & Fitch catalog or Urban Outfitters or Hilfiger. Maybe it's because I split my time between L.A. an San Francisco, but I can totally see it.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at February 27, 2013 02:04 AM

And how the picture came out, I can see how you can say that. I don't know why the colors were off... except my cell phone camera is not great. The tshirt is actually grays. The shorts are browns. And between the two, it makes you do a double take. If they were truly the same color families, I'd say the same.

Posted by: Bou at February 27, 2013 06:56 AM

Kids wear so many different things; I never know what's In or Out... just like when I went to school. ;)

You're right about sending your spouse out looking like a fool, though... as soon as I moved in with my husband I threw all his clothes out and bought new. He could have cared less and I felt better. heh..

Posted by: pam at February 27, 2013 10:34 AM

Yeah, after I commented, I wondered if maybe the colors are off a bit on my monitor. But if they had been all beige and browns, I still stand by it looking good. Even his lanyard and badge seem so fit and accent the scheme of lines. The outfit would have been even better if he had been wearing those woven leather type of sandals to keep with the color/texture theme. But then I thought he might be wearing sneakers or shoes of a different color, and that would have been iffy at best.

(I know, I sound like a fashion snob. Sorry about that. I'm studying fashion right now and have started working with a start up clothing company. So, "fashion" is weighing on me heavily right now. Eek!)

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at February 27, 2013 01:14 PM

Being an old guy with impeccable fashion taste, I think Bones looks GREAT! He only needs a few complicated tattoos on his forearms to improve his looks.

Posted by: Angus of Islay at February 27, 2013 02:55 PM

So I've been trying to edit this picture, so the full color scheme came out and I can't.

The Tshirt is gray with dark green stripes and the pants are blue. And the lanyard is royal blue. And the shoes I took out are black with bright orange laces...

I took another picture...

Posted by: Bou at February 27, 2013 09:30 PM

"Pants are blue..."

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 27, 2013 10:16 PM

Yeah, blue, not brown. Big typo.

Posted by: Bou at February 27, 2013 10:23 PM

Lookin' GOOD, Bones. Good choice of colors.

Posted by: Angus of Islay at February 27, 2013 10:33 PM

"No way in hell would I let my man leave the house looking like that... looking like a complete and utter fool."


I tell my husband this ALL.THE.TIME.

I tell him that a wife is responsible for the way her man looks leaving the house and any women who would let there man out looking horrible is either blind or hates her man and other women are just going to make fun of said wife for letting her man out of the house looking like that.

Then I make him go upstairs and change.

Now I have proof to show him this is what other women believe also!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 28, 2013 12:52 PM