I can’t stay out of it. I’m working on my colors and fabrics right now, and playing with a few different cuts. I want to use this as a time to
- Sew for myself which hasn’t been happening much lately and
- Draft a little
Now, last year’s rules were very straightforward, I suppose I expected something similar this year. I find myself gritting my teeth over this one:
“”Wardrobe Contest” Rules: On Trend Wardrobe
June 1 to August 31, 2010
Sew yourself a wardrobe!
Total pieces required: 10
Breakdown of the 10 items to be sewn:
1 Free Choice
All tops must go with all bottoms. A topper is something worn over other garments (eg, shrug, jacket, cardigan); it must go with all outfits (including the ‘Free Choice’, unless the free choice is a 2nd topper).
At least one item needs to incorporate a current fashion trend. You can ‘prove’ this via a 2010 article, a picture of a runway or RTW item with the key feature, or reference to a current fashion related website that shows the trend being used. (Examples: The season’s color forecast; retail website; runway shots.) Only one item has to fit the trend being used, although as many as desired can.”
I do not usually go there.
For one thing, I used to be a hipster- one of the poverty-stricken, pushing the boundaries of what to wear, waitress type of hipster, not an “I live on daddy’s money and fancy myself an artist because I smoke and live in a dirty part of town” hipster. The people I knew would play off each other for their style inspiration, new ways to put things together, hunting thrift stores, etc… Trends? Who had the money to follow them? We used creativity to make our own trends and had a great time with it. The word “trendy” was an anathema. Old habits die hard.
Second reason for shunning trends- I don’t read women’s magazines, I don’t watch pop-tv and movies as a general rule. I stay out of it. I do this to maintain clarity in my mind. If I constantly consume materials that tell me I’m not skinny enough or pretty enough or fashionable enough (in the name of selling me shit I don’t need), then I will start to believe it. Advertising is mental pollution. So I stay right out of it. I feel really good about my body; I protect my positive body image. It is too easy to believe advertising that plays on insecurities.
Now that I’ve whined about how much the rules of the contest suck, it’s out of my system and I’ll shut up about it.
I bought a Paris Vogue for style inspiration. Who is more stylish than the French? I limit my very occasional women’s mag purchases to those in other languages. In a way, it de-claws the bad kitty and brings the focus back on the clothes.
Paris Vogue is full of army inspiration. Lots of chicks wearing army fatigues. Bleh. I do like this skirt, especially the length and the pockets:
And this skirt, again for the pocket details (and the blouse is good though after The Foofiness Post I wouldn’t go there):
I had to show you this one. The model is so beautiful, the dress interesting (bow alert, sarah!), what’s the deal with her hair?
I like everything about this outfit, one day I’ll dress like this all the time. The sandals are a little much perhaps:
Shorts! I see so many cute shorts in this issue, I haven’t worn them in years but these look ok:
This makes me want to keep growing my hair:
I like the sleeveless trench and the top, but do I like them enough to bother making them?
For once, Paris Vogue leaves me generally uninspired. I turned to the internets and found this color chart for fall/winter 2010 (northern hemisphere). I’m living fall/winter 2010, why use summer’s colors when it’s winter? Once again:
My colors already draw on the purple ochid (though mine is perhaps a little more blue) and the woodbine. I think my colors are close enough to qualify. I could add a shot of Living Coral and some Rose Dust and be in business.
“Jodhpurs tucked into boots are the perfect masculine yet sexy female dandy look when paired with a bomber jacket”
Wearing this style for Spring 2010 can be difficult, but achievable. For the fashion trend setter, wearing the style with high-necked collar blouse and cropped jacket will look very smart and chic.”
I can do a high necked blouse and cropped jacket… They’re already in my wardrobe plan…
“The female dandy trend is of course a natural partner to everything equestrian. Add riding boots or lace-up brogues, and flourishes like fob chains, pocket handkerchiefs and brooches for a dandy look.”
I could do that. Hello wardrobe theme.
“While androgynous, the 2009/2010 dandy trend is definitely feminine. If you’re thinking Diane Keaton as Annie Hall you’re a little off the mark. It’s a mixture of sharp tailoring and stereotypically masculine clothes, but all cut to accentuate and flatter the female body. Away from the 2009/2010 catwalks we can find to the 1700’s dandy for inspiration for this trend. As the decadent Charles Baudelaire one highlighted of dandyism, it’s a frame of mind for a person who “elevates aesthetics to a living religion”. Key elements include:
- Britishness; particularly Regency era British fashion
- High collars; ruffle and bow blouses
- Cropped slim-cut jackets in both a double or single breast
- Waist coats; tailored vests
- Fob chains
- Frock coats and tail coats
- High-waisted jodhpurs
A cinched waist is one way of feminising a masculine outfit. Try adding a waist cinching belt or nipped-in jacked to neaten up an overall dandy look.“
Neat. Permission to use historical inspiration, and a philosophical hook. A dandy believes in living life as art. I can dig that. I want some knickerbockers anyway; I’ll make them longer for jodhpurs.
Get rid of the weird coat and we’re in business.
Thank you, PR contest, for teaching me not to be such a snobby hipster bee-itch. I’d never have heard of female dandyism otherwise.