Cementing the total love for style-blogtopia in my dark and linty heart, there have been so many great antidotes to the over-the-top smarmy commercialism of Valentine's Day! Should you also need some sweet-relief, here are just a few of my FAVOURITE-favourites: Ulla-Marie, Curtise, TFB-Megan, and MMD-Megan.
|turquoise rose-motif scarf: Gabii (Texas), last worn here|
black shirtdress: Smart Set, thrifted, last worn here
obi belt: Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy, last worn here
tulle skirt: no label, ebay
rubber cowboy rain boots (with green soles!): Yippy Natural Rose Skull,
Thank you everyone for your wonderful stories of garments which have become memory-rich, named, and legendary items. In a moving piece over at The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe, Veshoevius shares how personal and cultural geography, ancestral history, memory, relationships, and art came to be woven together in a sarong. Our symbolisms and meaning-makings associated with how we clothe our bodies are endlessly fascinating to me.
Being that rainy days and getting dressed both fall under the umbrella of "things that might as well be fun," I had to have these boots, which I love for their green soles and rose-bedecked pop-eyed skulls grinning back at me. As is usual, ease of acquisition was inversely proportionate to desire - there were a couple of issues with my order, but Nomad's customer service was top-notch throughout. And yes, it was incongruously way sunny at outfit-picture-time.
These thoughts are inspired by my friend Debbi's aversion to skull-decorated garments: Out of all the increasingly-prevalent skull-motif stuff I have seen over the past 20 years, some of it pretty cool, I can't think of a single other 'skeletal' item I've acquired. No real reason; I'd say my feelings are on the pleasant side of neutral.
I do associate skulls and bones with the time period previous to that, my teens - loved 'em then! - knuckles loaded with rings, glow-in-the-dark earrings with red rhinestone eyes, (dis)jointed bits dangling from motorcycle jacket zippers and drawn everywhere. I even made myself a bone-shaped hair barrette out of papier-mache, which I'm sure went a treat with my school uniform.
Other patterns / motifs I admire on others but wear very little of or not at all myself include - for no particular reason other than "don't think it suits me" - animal prints of any kind. My single accidental item is the surprise leopard lining of a trench coat I bought online.
Also not for me - but with reason - are designs which may have cultural appropriation issues were I to wear them out of context or without specific connection, such as those belonging to Native, African, or other Aboriginal people.
How about you? Any motif(s) you love, give the side-eye to, wear tons of, or avoid? Why?