“SOS: I’m in a room with two guys from The Bachelorette right now” is a message I recently sent to my boss on arguably the most import Slack channel of them all: #bachgirls. (I’m definitely the most active participant in said chatroom.) Naturally, she responded with “pics or it didn’t happen,” so I enlisted a friend to take some stealth photos of the situation. I bring up this (slightly embarrassing) story to illustrate a simple point: I’m a major fan of The Bachelor franchise. Can anyone out there relate?
Naturally, then, I wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to talk about The Bachelor at work. As a fashion writer, I’ve covered the franchise here and there, but there’s one contestant whose style stands out in my mind: Bekah M. (Yes, the same Bekah who was on a missing persons list—but we’ll chalk that up to a miscommunication problem.)
Just like her pixie cut is a break from the norm, I think her personal style feels similarly fresh. Last week, for instance, the women went to a bowling alley. All the other contestants tied up their bowling shirts to turn them into crop tops, but Bekah pulled the ultimate nonchalant move and wore it—gasp—as a regular old bowling shirt. (Can you imagine passing up an opportunity to show your midriff?!)
Later in the evening, she wore a cute white corset top with a leather pencil skirt. I thought it was a welcome change from the unspoken Bachelor uniform of skin-tight, low-cut dresses—in fact, Bekah was the only one not wearing a dress that night. Her style may not be groundbreaking, per se, but, I think it communicates something important: resisting the urge to fit into the mold—even if you’re on TV with millions of people watching. If Bekah can do it, I can do it too.