Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Skulls have been a little trendy for over year, seeping past the alternative scene into mainstream. It's no surprise then that around the Halloween season, the rest of the human skeleton followed. The US is a little slow on the pickup, however, as skeleton tights appeared in street fashion for a while.
My go-to place to buy hosiery is Ebay - which can be great for pricing but suffer when it comes to quality. So for I'm 50-50 when it comes to hits and misses. But a few months ago, after seeing the street fashion pics, Ebay disappointed me with the lack of larger sized bone tights. Are there fashionable plus-sized girls on the other side of the world?
Their current selection hasn't changed in terms of sizing. I thought that if I waited closer to Halloween a few L-XL's would pop up but alas. For tights that would actually fit my size 14 ass, I had to turn to Halloween stores like Spirit. The website shows they carry larger sizes (yay!) but most are sold out (boo!). However, I haven't rechecked the store down the street from my apartment lately. The pink ones are pretty cool but I'm still leaning more towards the sheer ones in the middle.
Tights not your thing? Rib cage shirts have been around for a while (with or without tiny hearts) and recently took on more fashionable cuts. My sister (left) found her shoulder-cut-out, semi-sheer top on Ebay but when I searched, my best find was the middle picture in a S-M. I also like Hot Topic's colorful romantic take on the right.
Where else can bones be found? Other than inside your body where they belong... Necklaces and gloves are two other popular places. Just ask my girlfriend, who bought skeletal gloves from Party City and cut off the fingers (left). I've been meaning to do the same.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
It's been a while since I really sat down and wrote. I've had trouble putting pen to paper and making it flow. But I was recently inspired by Savage Garden's Affirmation to write my first blog in a couple of weeks.
A bit of a Style Manifesto, I wanted to define the scope of my personal style - and the style I admire - for this new blog.
- I believe that no matter how trendy or conservative, classic, conventional or outrageous you dress - you will never please everyone. So don't try, dress how you feel, reflecting who you are/want to be. People will always have, and voice, their opinions but, in the end, your outfit is yours alone.
- I believe in glitter and shiny accessories. I truly believe that they will brighten your mood as well as your outfit. I think everyone should own a sequined item of clothing and wear it any time of the day they please.
- I believe in the color black and everything it represents: darkness, simplicity and edginess. It's chic and modern yet murky and full of secrets. And it goes with everything.
- I believe you don't have to suffer for beauty and fashion. Sure waxing hurts from time to time and corsets can get uncomfortable but don't take it to an extreme. If high heels are hurting your knees, wear flats. If your diet is making you weak and hungry, stop it. If the Spanx is bothering your skin, take it off.
- I believe in the "Right Outfit" and the power it has to make or break your day. There are certain clothes that fill us with more confidence than others. There are accessories that put a spring in our step. And I believe that you don't have to spend an hour picking it out - it will speak to you.
- Like Audrey Hepburn, I believe in pink. It holds a promise of something tender and pretty - and I believe everyone needs that. I don't believe in it as a representation of femininity but it does have a certain softness. Sometimes our outfits, our lives and situations require softness.
- I believe clothing is gender-less. I believe that girls in ties should not be fetishes and boys in skirts should not be revolutions. Hard lines, ethereal fabrics, bows and lace should be open to everyone, no matter gender or lack-there-of. I think the first step is to stop calling fashionable boys "effeminate" and "weird".
- I believe that great style begins with creativity and a sense of adventure. All good things have started with experiments and accidents.
When it comes to fashion and style, what do you believe?
Betsey Johnson Spring/Summer 2013 Picture via Suicide Blonde