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Frock Blocking and Croc Blocking – Fashion Terms to Know

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Mastering fashion trends can be tricky but ultimately, fashion is meant to be fun.    Below are a few style related terms to make you laugh and help you overcome the everyday challenges of dressing up.

Frock Blocking – The urban dictionary assigns a different meaning to this term but I prefer to think of this in reference to giving and receiving compliments.  (Frock Block a.k.a. not allowing another woman to learn where you bought an outfit so that she can’t also buy it.)  If a woman gives another woman a compliment like, “I love your dress, where did you get it?” there is no need to frock block her.  Tell her where you got it and revel in the fact that she adores it on you enough to want to buy one for herself.  Too many times, women will receive a compliment like this and say, “Oh, I can’t remember” or “I’m not sure, I got it as a gift.” No you didn’t, stop frock blocking and tell us where you got that fabulous dress!

Label Shaming – Don’t judge others for their lack of designer labels.  Designer labels are wonderful but also incredibly unaffordable for most.  The art of dressing is in the styling of an outfit not in who designed it. Sometimes the best wardrobe finds are from unknown labels found at thrift stores and discount shops.  So if you like something and it looks good on you, buy it regardless of who makes it!

Croc Blocking – Unlike frock blocking, croc blocking is something that you should do.  Friends don’t let friends wear crocs.  Crocs are not an attractive form of foot wear.  If you have a friend who wears crocs, you need to help her and throw them away.   Repeat after me: I will not wear them with a coat, I will not wear them on a boat, if you catch me with them on dry land, you can tell me I look bland.

Crocs, Croc Blocking

Trend Taming – Some trends can be hard for even the most fashionable to achieve.  So when you see a friend go overboard with a trend, help her tame her look by gently letting her know it’s too much.  Fashion trends can inspire us to try new things but not all trends are meant for everyone.  The easiest way to pull off a new trend is to ease into it.  If you’re trying out an on-trend color, try it in an accessory, like shoes or a necklace instead of a head-to-toe ensemble.

Kim Kardashion wearing head to toe floral by Givenchy was in need of some trend taming.  Yes, floral is a huge trend, but perhaps a the matching floral shoes and gloved sleeves took the trend a bit too far.  Image courtesy of New York Magazine.

Kim Kardashion wearing head to toe floral by Givenchy was in need of some trend taming. Yes, floral is a huge trend, but perhaps the matching floral shoes and gloved sleeves took the trend a bit too far. Image courtesy of New York Magazine.

Selfie – The advent of social media has led to the popularity of the selfie.  Yes, it’s absurd and a bit egocentric, but take one look at a group of girls in public and you’ll likely find one of them holding their  camera phone out to take a picture of themselves.

To take a good selfie, follow these steps:

1. Lips are important – add some lipstick and be sure to show us a great pout as we’ve all been wondering what your lips look like before you try to kiss someone (insert sarcasm here).

2. Place your arms away from your body – Arms hung away from your body will make you appear 20 pounds lighter…okay, not exactly 20 pounds, but it will make you appear slimmer.

3. Take multiple shots – Taking multiple shots, especially if it’s a group selfie, will ensure you’ll capture the perfect shot of everyone.  It may take you 20 takes, but at least no one leaves crying.  There is no crying when taking selfies!

Hopefully you’ve gotten a good laugh out of these fashion terms as I giggled throughout while writing it.  Stay true to yourself and have fun with fashion, even if it means ending up on the worst dressed list.