Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My Letter to InStyle

In all of my spare time that I spend sitting on my couch watching Lifetime Original Movies, eating chocolate and ignoring laundry I somehow worked in an email to InStyle Magazine on Saturday, the 12th of July:

"I love your look of the day email and have even referred to that/your site/your magazine on my blog regularly. However, I was taken aback to see Selma Blair's sheer dress as your pick today. Sheer is fashionable, but not when it is revealing. From the photo it looks as though her nipples are in plain site for all to see. I'm very disappointed you would pick something so revealing as an example of fashion, especially knowing young people hold what you say as infallible. Fashion can equate risk, but as you let the moral wall crumble, so will your readers. Please maintain higher standards. You've done this from time to time in your magazine, but I've never sat down to write you before. And If I'm wrong and she is covered beneath the sheer top, I'm sorry for my mistake. But please make that apparent in your photo."

Here is the response I received this morning:

"Thank you for your suggestions. We are constantly changing and evolving our coverage and will take your comments into consideration."

I knew I wouldn't get a real response. Especially considering our society's downward spiral in owning up to our mistakes and accepting responsibility.

But, just the same, I was hoping for one.

"Dear Concerned Reader,

We are most grateful for you keen observation, and thank you for taking the time to write and point out our obvious lack of consideration for moral standards in our July 12th Look of the Day. We're still not sure how our many well paid web editors missed this obvious faux pas, but our investigation is ongoing. You are absolutely correct that so much responsibility does fall on our magazine to uphold moral standards in fashion. We realize this often walks a thin line, and from time to time we do lean over that a bit too far. However, Ms. Blair's sheer top as a fashion choice did cross the line by a long shot, and we apologize.

Seeing as how our editors at times struggle with their moral fashion compass, we'd like to invite you to come onboard and assist us with these decisions. Your work will be done from your own computer, which we would like to supply you. How does a Mac Book Pro sound? And if you'd like to look over our fashion picks of the day before they are published, please feel free to do so in front of Lifetime Original Movies. As an added bonus, can we provide you with an unlimited supply of Dove chocolate? We're also going to need a beta test of all the clothing we review, including, but not limited to, Christian Louboutin shoes, Chanel purses, and vintage accessories. Just forward your address for you weekly shipment. We'll need a 100 word summary of each piece within seven days after you have worn it. After your summary is submitted, it will be within your discretion as to what you do with the items. We will not need them returned.

Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to express your concern. It's people like you that help hold us accountable where fashion meets morality.

The editors of InStyle"

Now, doesn't that sound nice?
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Thany said...


And even better "response."


*emmy said...

Just the fact that you wrote them and they responded is is so COOL! You are way cooler now ;^).

Bee Repartee said...

I'd LOVE a response like that second one.

Good for you writing them. I saw that very dress and thought, 'WHAT in the world..."

InStyle and Allure are my absolutely, hands down, favorites.

I nearly bought a pair of Steve Madden shoes in Famous Footwear the other day and thought of you for some reason. :) I heart Steve Madden.

MooBeeMa said...

I'm sure that is the response they MEANT to send to you.

Workout Diva said...

Nice letter. I'm sad to see that they didn't send a better response. What were they thinking?

Ati2ude said...

BRAVO! Well said!