This segment of comments came up on a Jezebel post today. Since it actually sounds like something I could do easily on this blog, I’m asking for your input. Take a look at this and let me know what you would add to it, or what you think isn’t important.
I can see it now: the cover of the magazine would have Condi Rice in a beautiful blouse or perfectly cut suit. The ads would have pearly J Crew tweed skirts, glittering Banana Republic necklaces, and Tahari suits. There would be a make-up section devoted to covering under-eye circles, covering blemishes (from acne to age spots!), with introspective discussion from women of all ages on what “office appropriate” make-up is — and how to do the bare minimum to look alert and professional in five minutes! With a core audience of women 20-60, there would, of course, be product reviews of anti-aging products, with all the intelligence and scientific explanation of Beauty Brains.
The clothes section — oh, the clothes section! Rather than hawking denim miniskirts, the magazine would skim the stable of women’s office clothes sellers for “timeless essentials” and “lol look at this trendy thing!” every issue, and offer advice for dressing cute items up to office standards. It would explain how to choose a suit, how to choose clothes to go under the suit…
Oh, and there would totally be underwear reviews. Like, Spanx section! And “these leggings are cheap shit, don’t buy them.” And accessories! And shoes!
The true charm of the magazine would come from an interview once a month with a powerful businesswoman, interviewed looking gorgeous but in workwear, explaining how she got where she was and offering both career and fashion advice. Oh, and there would be less input from “celebrity stylists” and more from, like, “Executive Suiting Guru at Ann Taylor XYZ.” Or maybe celebrity stylists who, like, tell you how to do really cute celebrity hairstyles but tone them down for the workplace. Yeah.
Wow, that was a long ramble of my imagination of the perfect magazine. Anyway, dammit, magazine industry, I wear office wear five days a week and street wear two days a week! I know you want to sell fantasies, but I need to buy suits!