Who Wore it Best: Scaling Popularity Under the Sea

Leandra Medine | March 22, 2011

If the title of this post provides anything, it is caution. You are now entering Pun City.

In the latest installment of Who Wore it Best, I indirectly tackle the seven most hated words, indubitably uttered to you by your best friend when stricken with the plague of raw heartbreak: there are more fish in the sea.

Now for a sentence primarily composed of prepositions, how nerved can one get? Very nerved, says I. And so in retortion (I made this word up), I offer this: fuck the fish in that proverbial sea and instead become one of them. 

sequined tank: Moschino, dress worn as skirt: Kimberly Taylor, shoes: Julian Louie x ALDO

Don’t literally consummate with the fish though, they come with STDs, I’m told. And speaking of X coming with Y, the blouse above comes with a story. It belonged to my mother. She wore it proud through the early 90s with a matching pale blue satin midi-skirt. My father never left her, which is pretty noble of the man. But that aside, I do believe this period conveniently coincided with the same time I was taking a liking toward shiney, scaley things myself. Not as expensive as Moschino blouses that make noise when one moves, but certainly life changing. And so I give you:

My childhood. The Rainbow Fish. 

Before Nemo was found, you see, there was this generous little slugger, trailing under the sea sharing his shiney scales with fellow sushi subjects. 

And that is something I can get behind, because sharing is caring. (Help Japan.)

On a more general note though, fish are pretty cool so I’ve always wanted to emulate one. And while I can’t hold my breath under water for more than a mere 30 seconds, I sure as shit can swim on mainland. 

To further this assertion, which, by the way, was just backed with photographic proof, I can run on it, too:

I don’t know what to tell you about the dead orchid to the far left behind me, but given the information I’ve just provided, let’s not stray too far from the initial question this post begs and that is…

Who wore it best?
Give me a break guys, he’s a cartoon book character from under the sea who peaked in 90s, whether he wins or loses won’t effect his Google analytics. I, on the otherhand, exist in real life. Even that aside though…I don’t see him swimming on mainland to garner love from you.
  • hahah i love this post,. your defintly wore it best

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  • Wow… I am speechless! =)

  • youre fantastic. You win, but I must say i love his yellow tan lipstick, hmmm…

  • Living for this. The Rainbow Fish happens to be one of the greatest books of all time and I think you did the fish proud. OBSESSED with the shoes by the way…

  • You are hilarious.. I LOVE this outfit! Those shoes are amazing.

  • Love it! the shoes are my favorite!

  • This is no doubt one of the closest who wore it bests of all time. As Eva May pointed out, the yellow tan lipstick adds a certain quality but the dyanmic photographs won it out for me. Congratulations.

  • it really is your best post. welldone!
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  • totally reminds me of rainbow fish. such a dynamic dress! you look great in it.

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  • haha, i adore you!

    love this

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  • I think you wore it better, however the fish lips wernt quite as good

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  • Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

    hmm well it's a tough call? the fish might have one up on you…i mean he breathes under water? AND he has the perfect accessory….a freakin' tail…it's hard to compete
    ha!
    see you wild child
    -Hattie
    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

  • hahah love the post. I LOVE THE RAINBOW FISH <3 I used to love it when I was younger too:)
    That skirt and those shoes are gorgeous <3

    Tam
    Word[Ad]Dict

  • Hahha love this post, it's definitely a close call… love the sequin tank.

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  • hahaha i love these pictures and i used to love that book! it was so pretty and shiny!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  • Lux

    You're crayy!!
    Love
    Lux
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  • those shoes are phenomenal!!

    xoxo,
    F

    Le Kiss Kiss- Texas Gal Bloggin Fashion from NYC!

  • Anonymous

    u are amazing!

  • I had completely and utterly forgotten about Rainbow fish though I loved him as a kid. This is amazing.

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  • VERY ORIGINAL shoes!

    the skirt is very nice!

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  • This post is so awesome! Your outfit is to die for, I'm so jealous!! I remember that book from my childhood too, I think there was a show or something too, haha! Love your blog

    xoxo

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  • You Definitely wear it best!!!! I love your blog!! BTW Naomi is my daughter's name!!!

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  • Sooo funny! And congrats to your dad for not being repelled.

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  • YOU definitely wore it best!!! Hahaha, I love your posts and yes, you are adorable…

  • Haha I LOVE this!!! I can't even decide who wore it best
    In that running picture you look like Pocahontas when she runs 😉
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  • Haha, such an amazing post! You look lovely… but so does my childhood memory the rainbow fish… hmmmmm who to choose, who to choose… decisions, decisions…. YOU!!!! Certainly not repelling (you never do anyways) this outfit is just too amazing, and poor rainbow fish is knocked of its reef! He would agree though I think! 🙂
    Stylesis
    xx

  • I'm gonna put in a pity vote for the rainbow fish.

  • haha you are truly hilarious, and definitely wore it best. Although it was a tight competition, that fish has really got it goin on

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  • these shoes are fantastic!!! love it:)

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  • i actually like the skirt!!

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  • OMG!! I LOVE that children's book!

    Great memories…

    You are too cute!!

    xo
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  • LOVE your blog!!!

    How did you get those shoes??? Please?!?!?

  • I had to go back and re-read the post 3 times because I kept getting distracted by the gorgeous shoes.

  • I'm going to have to hand it to the fishy!!! Lol, just kidding, of course you wore it better!!
    The shoes are freakin sick!!!!! Love them!

    xoxo,
    melrod

  • Ohhhh you should have thrown some prada fall 11 looks in the mix – that was some seriously scaly fish action:
    http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2011RTW-PRADA?event=show2262&designer;=design_house63&trend;=&iphoto;=40#slide=40

    marina
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  • This is one of my favorite outfits I've seen you in. Could have something to do with the fact that I was obsessed with that book as a child. Sigh.

  • LR

    That skirt is totally gorgeous, so you'd win anyway. But you especially win because I spent a good portion of yesterday land-swimming with my co-workers (slow day). Clearly you are a major trend setter, not just in fashion but in ridiculous work-out techniques as well.

  • Lol…I missed that shiny scale of a flounder…I thought I was the only one who loved that book!

  • Love that last picture of you !!!
    And you obviously wore it best 😉 (Close one, though.)

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  • i don't know how you pull this shit off, but it works every time. kudos.
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  • Anonymous

    you did it again!!
    Bravo

  • wow! you look great! very different!

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  • INCREDIBLE. WOW. AMAZING.

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  • No way!
    I had it on a sticker i would defend with my life!!
    It was my little childhood treasure!!

  • loved that book, cute inspiration!

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  • This could possibly be my very favorite post you've ever done! You always have me rolling! And, yes the rainbow fish was my childhood as well. Love all the fun colors and sequins! xo

    Kathryn

    http://sweetteaandchampagne.com

  • This is my childhood too!
    And I have to say that you wear this style very nicely, even though you're not a fish. That's quite a challenge. I guess the conclusion is that you wore it best.

  • You are insane and I love it!

    Xo,
    Erin

  • Forget the shoes, I want that blue couch! No actually, I'll take them too 😉

  • I think I suffer from shiny object syndrome as well 🙂 Those Julian Louie x Aldo shoes are freakin amazing!

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    much love.

  • Ahah, I had that book too, I loved it as I love this post!! 🙂

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  • JML

    I had THREE obsessions between the ages of 6 and 13 (but probably, really, 18) The Rainbow Fish, LISA FRANK and American Girls Dolls. Thank Heaven For Little Girls..

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  • Oh my Vogue you look fabulous! And this has to be the closest who wore it best in history!

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    x

  • Anonymous

    Gosh, of course you wore it best…even though the fish is quiet charming

  • Jen

    Great post! You obviously wore it best– the fish may be the original, but yours was more unique.

  • Lol, well I think that rainbow fish wore it best! Nah im kidding. Well kind of, lol

    Anyway I use to love watching that show!

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  • i love your action shots… and actually really like this combination!

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  • You are way too entertaining. I love rainbow fish, but of course you have him beat.
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  • Anonymous

    you are soooooo cute while in action
    love those shoes

  • AH! THE RAINBOW FISH!!! I LOVED THAT BOOK.
    (Excuse me, under control now)

    No you totally had him beat!
    I mean, He's not even wearing shoes.

    Also I like the segue to Japan. Smooth. and charitable.
    (JUST LIKE THE RAINBOW FISH).

  • I love your outfit! Haha, you're so funny too! I remember reading that book, when I was little and thinking, "WHAT GREEDY FRIENDS!" XD

  • love your outfit! the shoes are amazing!!

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  • i love this! and i love that book! such a great tribute to rainbow fish!!!!

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  • you are hilarious. i cant take it. your posts sound like emails between me and my best friend because i dont know what the shit you're talking about half of the time, and yet i understand it completely. that, and we both happen to be man-repellers, but in the bad way because im fairly certain our celibacy cannot be attributed to what we wear.

  • this is adorable and reminds me of a comparison i made between jeannie mai and rainbow fish…except you ROCKED the hell out of it

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  • The swimming in front of those pictures looks like some surrealist art. If Magritte had been hanging out in your apartment, he couldn't have posed you better.

  • love that book, love you
    can't stress it enoughhhhhhh

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    x

  • such a great post 🙂
    beautiful outfit

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  • kkkkkk fantastic! Always amazing!

    xoxo

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  • ddferg

    Both are worn FABULOUSLY, BUT the shoes put you ahead by a fin. . . Fortunately for you fish don't have feet.
    LOVE the post.

  • I think you wore it best especially with the leap mid air but I will always love the rainbow fish….what do you think of some of my looks in Closet Confessions?

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  • I loooove this story! You always wear it best!

  • trying to compete with an insanely iconic figure of children's story book literature…. girl, you got balls, the metaphoric, not associated with a turgid member kind.

    i think you look ridiculously amazing. tough call.

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  • I love the rainbow fish… one of my favorite go-to babysitting books 🙂

  • Anonymous

    oh my god you are amazing.

  • Tough call, I mean he is pretty sparkly…

    But just because of your shoes, you win!

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  • All I have to say is, "How could you not win Blogger of the year?" (You're pure genius)

  • Anonymous

    you win duh!!

  • Anonymous

    you are so funny and so pretty, and such a great writer and so very stylish. we here think you are brilliant.
    And.. you are also very thin. Does this add to your man repeller status? I am very thin too. I am just wondering if this body type is man-repeller like, because I find I get very little attention from men.
    Is this something we can all discuss?

  • Haha debatable because rainbow fish certainly has great lip color but aside from that, awesome job! You're so funny girl. Beautiful shoes.

  • haha. YOU ARE FUCKING AMAZING.

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  • Anonymous

    OMG….I loved The Rainbow Fish when I was a child!!!!! where the hell is that book now??
    Anyway, love your blog <3
    Silvia

  • You really fucking ROCK this 'fish' look! love this post!!!
    that book was one of my favorites too, great colors!

    Stephanie
    http://www.rocktheboatandbreaktherules.com

  • heart rainbow fish. And the shoes are to die. Check out my latest go-fash post and see what Vanessa H was rocking when I ran into her last week.

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  • I love you , but I still say the rainbow fish wore it better… he's a man with SPARKLES! Distinctively flamboyant fish for the win!

  • I am TRULY MADLY DEEPLY in love with your blog.

    You're impeccable.

    XX

  • OBSESSED! love this post

  • Love this post. So unexpected and so perfect, I loved the Rainbow fish!

  • Love your blog. It never fails to make me laugh. Totally loved Rainbow fish, but I have to say you win.

  • It was my childhood too; and I'm from Barcelona.
    I'm your newest fan….

  • Saw this after my sea-inspired post. Great fun!

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  • Adore this look!! The funny pictures & the colors-…WOW the colors!!

    Muuuak!
    Aminta
    http://www.amintasfashion.blogspot.com

  • Finally, Someone pulling off iridescent pastels!

  • Ha ha…you're funny! And after a quick look at the previous comments I can say you wooooon 🙂 everybody likes u, including me.

    Kisses,
    Luiza from Lifestyle Philosophy

  • Seriously obsessed with those shoes, but more so that book. One of the best children's books ever. Kicks Nemo's butt.

  • I don't know… still think that the fish wore it best.

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