Do you have anything in your wardrobe which brings back such visceral memories of a gold-lit time period with an intensity that is almost painful?
Picture these boots with the same tights, frayed jean shorts, a purple tank top, and Mardi Gras beads. Or black hose, black velvet mini skirt, and sheer black top with amazingly huge flared sleeves, and a round deepest-cherry-red stained glass pendant from Camden Market. There was a whole lotta-lot of dancing then.
|blouse: I.C. Paris, Dillard's|
burgundy velvet vintage blazer: Marjorie Hamilton, from among my grandma's belongings
buttonflowers and obi belt: Megan Mae Designs
burgundy suede skirt: Danier, early 1990s, last worn here
blue floral tights: early 1990s (I'm serious!)
my #1 favourite ankle boots of all time ever: Fluevog Swordfish, fall 1991
Today's outfit required a combination of other emotionally rich and weighty pieces to counterbalance the pull: my first-apartment-by-myself skirt, grandmother's blazer, shirt from a shopping excursion with my mom, and obi and buttonflowers made by my friend Megan Mae - the belt and bluest flowers generous gifts.
Staying nearer to the present moment, I was stoked that my blog was highlighted in Marianne's article at xoJane.com together with Megan, Sheila, Melanie, and Helga (some of my FAVOURITE-favourites!). The author concluded with a hope to identify blogs with greater body diversity, and asked in particular, "Do you read any style blogs from women who aren't white, middle class Canadians?"
The huge excited comment I tried to leave was so jam-packed with delicious links that Disqus ate it whole - several times - and seems now to believe me to be the motherlode of yummy spam. Here's what I wanted to add to the discussion (note that not all of my recommendations fit every single one of Marianne's criteria):
"Thank you so much for including my blog in your fantastic article, Marianne - I am thrilled to be in such stellar company, AND there are lace jeans! For everyone! The certain freedoms and relief which can result from outsider status are beautifully articulated, as is the effect of more intentional media consumption on our 'normal.' One small correction - I do not identify as able-bodied.
A quick note further to not identifying as able-bodied - I don't go into detail here, as that's not what my blog is about. Though I do sometimes talk about serious things, "the serious seriousness" that my sidebar indicates me to be taking a break from is an umbrella which covers a mega-ton of personal and work situations.
To put it another way (as I was saying recently to the Forest City Fashionista) "Sometimes the outfits are the only benefit to not being a head-in-a-jar." Or, even less maturely, "Can SOMEthing in my LIFE just not BE about that. GOD."
Style on, my friends! See y'all at Visible Monday, and thank you so much for visiting.