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.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11559325754312043870 Inside my head and wardrobe

    hahah i love this post,. your defintly wore it best


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14876642970706930637 Mariel Villanueva

    Wow… I am speechless! =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12896764051267095900 Eva May

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

  • http://www.chicityfashion.com chicityfashion

    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…

  • http://styleicons.thersic.com/ THERSIC Style Icons

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

  • http://beescloset.wordpress.com/ beescloset

    Love it! the shoes are my favorite!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03596153861213431752 percentblog

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07681912585930286792 Charlotte Beecham

    it really is your best post. welldone!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    totally reminds me of rainbow fish. such a dynamic dress! you look great in it.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00896638834590707229 Miss Molly

    haha, i adore you!

    love this


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Ofelia

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


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09102166402432092809 hattitude

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    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
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18069427401135868694 Tamara S. Putri

    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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07123583203601488166 Steffys Pros and Cons

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

    <3 steffy
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11710285432806200405 Lux

    You're crayy!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16747921195231684047 Francesca

    those shoes are phenomenal!!


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  • Anonymous

    u are amazing!

  • http://www.sparkleontheside.blogspot.com Terhi

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04320292001129217425 verychiclist

    VERY ORIGINAL shoes!

    the skirt is very nice!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00242886693445499052 shesinfashion

    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



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07740191825144529597 Jasmine Sinclair

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17391535552942251884 Michelle

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


  • http://valkyrieny.tumblr.com valkyrieNY

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17307750287416918321 Closet Fashionista

    Haha I LOVE this!!! I can't even decide who wore it best
    In that running picture you look like Pocahontas when she runs 😉

  • http://www.style-sis.com Stylesis

    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! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07873921044732390379 Melissa

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05411097475080464341 deanne

    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:)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03245585246728339165 kelly frances

    i actually like the skirt!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08828653300004623263 Kaila

    OMG!! I LOVE that children's book!

    Great memories…

    You are too cute!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15367737715191663993 J. Rene’

    LOVE your blog!!!

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

  • http://fashionurbia.com fashionurbia

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

  • http://modanistajunkie.com modanista junkie

    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!


  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p014e862970e9970d Marina (StyleSnapshot)

    Ohhhh you should have thrown some prada fall 11 looks in the mix – that was some seriously scaly fish action:


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10495327416460092422 Megan Younce

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/lr279 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.

  • http://sheisimpeccable.wordpress.com/ sheisimpeccable

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02631119321487745135 Laurie

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 indie.electronic.alternative.

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

  • Anonymous

    you did it again!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14143755774304657160 Agne

    wow! you look great! very different!


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  • http://www.gingeraftertaste.blogspot.com GingerAftertaste

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12045383690600165698 Lindsey

    loved that book, cute inspiration!


  • http://sweetteaandchampagne.com Kathryn {Sweet Tea and Champagne}

    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



  • http://oubepo.tumblr.com/ Alexia

    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.

  • http://www.erinoffduty.wordpress.com Erin

    You are insane and I love it!


  • http://www.shoehunting.com Anna @ShoeHunting

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

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

    much love.

  • http://inspirationisallweneed.tumblr.com Elettra

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17455482800516954450 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..


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12398547380505833940 LoveE ♥

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


  • 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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08209410201811304112 Neiry

    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!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02004474407720975011 sammi burley (chase.dakota)

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02692154365553881657 Kate

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

  • Anonymous

    you are soooooo cute while in action
    love those shoes

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0147e2d30540970b Kait

    (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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15235755566305774338 Audrey (hkittygirl)

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12069426957408106950 Kimberly

    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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  • http://royaseradj.tumblr.com Roya

    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.

  • http://coeurssolitaires.com Veronica

    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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16289520392967828383 Fourth Daughter

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02351372555733570417 michelle

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

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee

    such a great post 🙂
    beautiful outfit

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05771688940946408997 Silvinha

    kkkkkk fantastic! Always amazing!


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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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18265420991342432233 Mrs. C

    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?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11849570885211882825 Lacy

    I loooove this story! You always wear it best!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05882333911932324281 blue roses

    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.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14313816364012890211 50dresses.com

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

  • Anonymous

    oh my god you are amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10189115114016191665 suzanne elizabeth

    Tough call, I mean he is pretty sparkly…

    But just because of your shoes, you win!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01955298385120741830 Fashionably Late…

    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?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02756585515065845268 Aubrey and Melissa

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

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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

  • http://www.rocktheboatandbreaktherules.com/ RBBR

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05170121184181319911 Fash Boulevard

    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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  • http://genericdaydreams.tumblr.com/ Bethany

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17283478403934668684 Meg.Meh.P. (Capturingfashionindia.blogspot.com)

    I am TRULY MADLY DEEPLY in love with your blog.

    You're impeccable.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12803597155110452257 Kerrin

    OBSESSED! love this post

  • http://www.vainlane.com Beekeeper

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

  • http://www.shanghaistyle.onsugar.com Sandy

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13718259931062578434 Aura

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17115423516641338460 The Foolish Aesthete

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


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13223501992996370181 AMINTA

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


  • http://www.annatodaro.com Anna Todaro

    Finally, Someone pulling off iridescent pastels!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00151857033683848670 Luiza

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

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07087824659190534187 Rachel

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

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