Over the past few weeks, a term I haven't heard in a few years has made it's way across the pond; "Sloane Rangers", it's a result of Miss Middleton's style setting ways and the American fashion sets desperation (or at least the fashion media's purporting of their desperation) to emulate her.
I've seen a few American's try to ingest the term into their fashion vernacular but the few examples covering the infamous "Sloane Rangers" that I've seen have been lack lustre, and inaccurate.
Whilst I don't consider myself a "Sloane Ranger" expert, I offer the following credentials to legitimizing my discussing them here today.
• I lived a stones throw away (literally) from Sloanes Square and worked as a hostess one of it's infamous restaurants (prime "Sloane Ranger" spotting territory)
•My Grandfather's family lived off of Sloanes Square (though it wasn't quite as fancy back then..)
• I went to school and university with them, rubbing shoulders, clinking champagne and holding back their hair whilst they vomited.
• I guess, in some ways, whilst I take offense, I am one of them.
"Sloane Ranger" is a term that rised to popularity in the 80's, whilst it discusses a certain set of young women that walk the streets of Chelsea (shopping and socializing….not the other kind of street walking) it's become much more of a subset of fashion, not necessarily referring to the location or class of women but the manner in which they are dressed.
As with many genres of fashion, "Sloane Rangers" can now be broken down to their own subsets, subsets I shall discuss here today, because I know you're all anglophiles longing after your own Prince or maybe just a set of pashmina toting friends.
Words and graphics by Kelsi Smith.
Heather Fonseca says
I think this is one of your best posts EVER! My grandfather was from England, but other than that I don’t think I have any right calling myself a Sloane anything, still, I really enjoyed the tutorial. The closest we have here are called “Wasps”, and being Catholic, I can’t even do that correctly. Sigh.
In holland we say “kakker” and is not ment positive.
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