Yea, Nay, Or Eh: A Woman In (Urban Warrior) Uniform-------
Having lived in New York City for over a decade, we completely understand the need to feel somewhat armored when hitting the street. (We often liken our sunglasses to the Manhattan version of the car window. Both are just glass, but they serve as an extremely effective barrier all the same.) And so we’ve been thrilled for the past several seasons, watching the dark and lean urban-warrior look of boots, leather jackets, and jeans handily topple all things ladylike. But of late, the look has become cliché. Pardon the extension of the metaphor, but it seems like there are literally armies of women constantly dressed in nearly identical tough-chic ensembles. We spotted Gwen Stefani and Naomi Watts both today and Rihanna a few days ago. And sure, we love Rihanna’s shredded jeans and buckled Balenciaga boots, but it’s still not enough to rouse our fashion fancy. What do you think? Does the urban warrior need to turn into a civilian for at least a few seasons?