uniform of defiance.

The title is a snippet from John Waters’ new book Role Models (which I have been ogling at th bookshop every trip, must get!):

You don’t need fashion designers when you are young. Have faith in your own bad taste. Buy the cheapest thing in your local thrift shop — the clothes that are freshly out of style with even the hippest people a few years older than you. Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents — that is the key to fashion leadership. Ill-fitting is always stylish. But be more creative — wear your clothes inside out, backward, upside down. Throw bleach in a load of colored laundry. Follow the exact opposite of the dry cleaning instructions inside the clothes that cost the most in your thrift shop. Don’t wear jewelry — stick Band-Aids on your wrists or make a necklace out of them. Wear Scotch tape on the side of your face like a bad face-lift attempt. Mismatch your shoes. Best yet, do as Mink Stole used to do: go to the thrift store the day after Halloween, when the children’s trick-or-treat costumes are on sale, buy one, and wear it as your uniform of defiance.”

(Thanks to Eline for originally posting th quote on her blog!) My problem with the online surge of fashion blogging is how the personal, intriguing bits of individuality get lost amidst a torrent of lookbook waifs in flowy, ‘ethereal’ garb. I’m not preaching a special-snowflake philosophy by any means, & I am guilty of wearing a bit of a uniform that is prominent round th blogosphere: high-waists, oxfords, vintage, etcetcetc. I wear what I like, just like everyone else does. & we that blog about our fashion choices seem to gravitate toward similar looks. That isn’t a crime (even for th fashion police), but I am getting sick of looking at the same thing every day, with little/no interesting commentary (whether it be personal, political, feminist, whathaveyou) to put something REAL behind it all. Just a small rant, & a query: Any recs for feminist/sociopolitical fashion blogs out there? I read Threadbared, but would like some more!

Anyway, I went to Charlotte this weekend, thrifted quite a bit which I haven’t taken any photos of yet. I feel weird taking photos of recent acquisitions that aren’t on my body, I can never find a decent place to show them off (& I have no pretty wooden hangers atm.) Instead a detailed description of some of my finds of late:

A pair of black, perfectly broken-in Justin lace-up boots in my size for $1.99…..A 1980s mustard rayon blouse with lovely squiggle embroidery in black down th placket…..Two tapestry pencil miniskirts from Express circa 1990…..A pair of high-waisted linen shorts in th perfect shade of peach…..A 1990s floral rayon mini dress……A staple I’ve been searching ages for but has always eluded me till now: vintage BLACK (why o why are plain black items th hardest things to thrift?) silk blouse with a button-down collar……several vintage rayon skirts in various patterns in dire need of a shortened hem……& more that I found yesterday back in Wilmington. After a year+ break from thrifting, I am back in full swing.

Here are some old outfit photos, from 20 May-24 May. I hope to finally get caught up soon. I neglected my photo taking while on th trip, & only got some forlorn shots of my shoes against th grey slab floor at th con.

Th first commemorated th birthday of my friend Lauren; several of us went to th Little Dipper, a fondue place downtown. We feasted like kings & I completely forgot to snap some photos of us & food at th table. Our waiter had a full head-tattoo (hidden under a wig) & was v. personable.

I love image blur & th backs of people in photos, I suppose the candid intimacy appeals to me more than strained, ‘artsy’ poses.

More image blur, I was walking away at that point.

Outfit deetz are as follows: Express silk gingham blouse, the perfect staple for me, thrifted……vintage linen high-waisted shorts, thrifted……vintage woven leather belt, thrifted……eyelet kneehighs, Target……vintage Keds Grasshoppers, ebay’d, as are all baubles/adornments.

Some creepy-ish takes in th back office. This blouse is amazingly perfect, a great medium-weight rayon that falls beautifully with the best teardrop/ova? print, obvs. thrifted…..shorts and belt also thrifted…..socks Target…..oxfords are vintage Joan & David, ebay’d.

a bit pin-up, in chambray…

Yes, th blouse + shorts combo seems to be a new uniform. I can’t help it, simply too comfortable. Outfit deetz: Ralph Lauren linen blouse, thrifted…..high waisted chambray shorts, ebay’d…..thrifted belt…..otks are a mystery…..standby Joan & David oxfords from ebay.

And now for something I thought I’d never wear again: JEANS. Until this year, I refrained from wearing pants for four years, for a variety of muddled reasons, aesthetic as well as political. I rediscovered my interest in traditional UK skinhead/rude boy culture & fashion a bit ago (expect a long, thought-out post regarding this in th future!), & hence I have taken back my aversion & am embracing pants again.

Blurry tie-neck dapperness.

A pants outfit. From me! Vintage silk tie-neck windowpane-esque print blouse is thrifted…..dark skinny jeans are thrifted (& I never find pants thrifting!)…..vintage Joan & David boots, th best tromping boots ever, from kenaione’s etsy shop.

That was a long enough post, I think. Hopefully another later today?

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5 Responses to “uniform of defiance.”

  1. Eline Says:

    I NEED that John Waters book! He is sort of my personal hero. Everything he says etc. is just so. perfect.

    I’m also quite bored by most fashion (blogs), maybe it’s the general blahness of summer but nothing is catching my eye or mind lately.

    I have some blogs that I find quite interesting and often raise some interesting questions too.

    http://fashionforwriters.com/
    I believe these two girls are actually friends from the girls from threadbared. They always raise interesting points, wear sweet outfits and I find them both generally entertaining, charming and often funny! Seriously one of my fave blogs out there, probably.

    http://findesiecle.tumblr.com/
    famous for the ‘why fashion is worth blogging about’ article, which I love. She often raises interesting questions and the like and though completely the opposite of my style I think her outfits kick ass.

    http://ifthesokfitz.blogspot.com/
    Not frequently updated but occasionally raises pretty interesting points on fashion too.

    http://nosignposts.blogspot.com/
    Not at all high fashion but always raises interesting questions on ethics etc. and not only on fashion too! Pretty great and intelligent lady all in all really

    And you know although I am not very eloquent and often have a hard time expressing myself and making my point across I am sick of fashion blogs being vapid so, just for myself, I am going to try and raise some questions and write about what bothers me too (if I find the time/energy).

    I absolutely love your summer uniform of shorts, shirts and socks! I’ve been trying to find some shorts like that myself but I have no such luck. I think I’ll just make some when I have the time, they’re pretty easy to make!

    I also adore that traditional UK skinhead/rude boy culture & fashion inspired outfit. I love that look in general. Have you seen This Is England? It’s about that culture in the 80s and it’s a pretty good film, I think. Quite funny and harsh but at the same time very sensitive and a little sad though also uplifting in a way? Quite love it. I think the outfit is very reminiscent of one of the outfits the main character wears! & also love that style though I don’t know if it’s like that in America, but it still has a really bad rep here, obviously. It’s still being worn though it has changed from more into Fila wear etc.

    Also THOSE BOOTS! Augh, too pretty! I kind of also badly want these now http://www.etsy.com/listing/47235236/vintage-sutton-plaza-buttery-brazilian

    • quickentheheart Says:

      Thanks for the blog recs! I always forget to follow blogs I find interesting and completely forget about them. I didn’t even sit down to write a mini-rant, it just spewed out of my fingers with no thought in mind, so I hope to actually craft a more coherent, thought-out post elaborating on my thoughts some time, too. I don’t know, I just feel like th most popular bloggers out there are not raising any questions at all, and it just discourages me that anyone will care. But whatever, must start somewhere!

      I haven’t seen This Is England yet (on the Netflix queue, been meaning to for ages!) The reviews & stills I’ve seen are v. promising. I am adamantly going to stick to my goal of writing intensively about my thoughts on skin culture & fashion in particular, esp. coming from a North American perspective where it isn’t really as well-known (I had two skin friends in high school who intro’d me to it via music.)

  2. Pansy Says:

    Oh I love those little pink oxfords!

    And I totally agree about style bloggers gravitating towards the same style, and I get so sick of it at times.

    Also! I read Role Models earlier this month and LOVED it. I thought I couldn’t adore him more but oh no, haha. It’s so entertaining.

  3. hannah Says:

    you= adorable.

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