Every now and again nice people will e-mail me with questions and I try to answer them to the best of my ability (Yes, I would like a sandwich and no, I do not have any tips for decorating vintage hats with unused birth control pills) and the one I received the most these past two months was “What is pre-fall?” which I endeavored to answer a few weeks ago.

But–after sifting through so many pre-fall collections in search of great looks–part of me just wanted to throw in the towel and say, “Pre-fall is an imaginary season with little identity of its own, transparent commercial appeal and is basically a dumb-downed diet version of the fall collections whereby they simply add lots of non sequitur belts.”

And then I thought, why think that to myself when I can make a gallery of all those random, tacked-on, nonsensical buckles?!

(Photos via nymag.com)