Ask Babe: Chicness Confusion

Dear Babe,

Ever since reading your book (Which I’m fucking OBSESSED with btw. So good.) “Chic” has become my favorite word. I want to use it all the time on anything I think is chic, instead of pulling other adjectives out of head. So my question is: is using chic for everything that’s chic, chic or not chic? What’s the line for over-chic-ing?
Thanks tons Babe! Hope you write another book soon.




Confused Lady,

First of all, let’s look at the definition of “chic.”

chic |SHēk|

adjective ( chicer, chicest )

elegantly and stylishly fashionable.

Unless the following scenario aptly sums up your day-to-day existence, you have no business describing everything you see as “chic”:

So, if you are secretly Linda, Christy or Naomi reaching out to me via email, then let’s get together soon. If you’re none of these people, then consider peppering other adjectives into your vocabulary. Here’s what a thesaurus advises:

elegant, sophisticated, dressy, smart; fashionable, high-fashion, in vogue, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, contemporary, à la mode, chi-chi, au courant, dapper, dashing, trim; informal trendy, with it, happening, snappy, snazzy, modish, du jour, in, funky, natty, swish, fly, spiffy, kicky, tony.

Maybe “tony” is the new “chic”? You would sound so dumb saying that. Good luck.

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