If you haven’t checked out gorgeous blogger Thumbelina Fashionista, you must. Her personal style gets an A+ from me. You won’t see any of the shredded t-shirts, studded bracelets and DIY Balmain jackets that have a kudzu-like stranglehold on the fashion blogosphere. Thumbelina sticks to exquisite, high-quality pieces that are elegantly assembled even on casual days. Belts are a trademark accessory.
Elsewhere in the blog world, 12-year-old Tavi of Style Rookie is the exception to the rule that children should be neither seen nor heard on the Internet. I said THE exception, so if you are the parent of a nine-year-old child, and you create a fashion blog for her, don’t be shocked … SHOCKED! … when your inbox explodes with furious emails. It’s futile for anyone else to try to be Tavi, just as it was futile for anyone to wear a navel-baring gown after Jennifer Lopez’s 2000 Grammy appearance in her green Versace. Some things defy imitation.
Tavi — who dresses creatively but age appropriately — was inspired to do a little painting by the runway look for the Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2008 collection. One thing led to another and voila! A Tavi t-shirt. Buy it on her blog. Maybe she’ll grow up to be the next YSL and you’ll be donating your treasured t-shirt to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or maybe she’ll grow up to be a firefighter. It’s up to her.
I’m hoping for a WendyB version with red lips. Note to Tavi: avert your eyes from the title of this post. For that matter, this whole blog is rated PG-13 for language. Please be parentally guided until your next birthday.
Queen Michelle of Kingdom of Style is another blogger with a t-shirt project.
The Teddy Boy photo would be heart-stopping even without a back story, but there IS a back story. The “lovable rogue” on the shirt is Queen Michelle’s own Uncle Billy, a bad boy who “ended up entangled in a world of crime and was to never to be seen or heard of again,” but not before he posed for a stellar portrait. You can buy Uncle Billy’s on Queen Michelle’s blog.