How To Become a Fashion Eccentric
Hint: Get eyeglasses, or a pet.
"Other than being attacked by my pet hyena, are there any potential drawbacks to a life of glamorous eccentricity?" I hear you ask, in a plaintive sort of way. Yes. Two.
The first involves your career: Eccentricity is anathema to the more rigorous professions. For those of you working in the medical or financial field, you need to face the fact that stylistic daring of any kind is a ruthless credibility destroyer. Nobody wants their estate planning orchestrated by a chick wearing Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes.
The other drawback concerns your sex life. Honesty compels me to admit that eccentricity will have a catastrophically diminishing effect on your perceived shagability. It's a total hotness destroyer. However, there is a big consolation: Idiosyncratic dressing has no expiration date. You, the glamorous eccentric, have an enduring shtick that will carry you happily into old age. It's those "housewives" with their fake boobs/hair/tans/nails/lips who are going to send us all screeching for the hills when they hit 70.
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Simon Doonan is an author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York.(Photo by Roxanne Lowit.)
Photograph of Lady Gaga by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images.