Outfit Post: 10/1/15

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Dress: Blacklist Vintage (Jean Lang) — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bobby Socklings in Brownie) — Earrings: Woodland Market

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For a brief moment we had autumnal weather here, and even–hold the phone–RAIN, so I honored it with a long-sleeved dress.

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(A long-sleeved dress that needs ironing badly, it would seem.)

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I also honored fall…somehow…by wearing earrings made of wasp’s nest! Kicky, right?

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We’re back to 80F and above for the next fortnight, so at least I’ll have time to iron the dress before its next wearing.

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Outfit Post: 2/4/15

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Dress: Blacklist Vintage — Belt: Van Heusen Outlet — Shoes: Golden Ponies — Socks: Sock Dreams (Bobby Socklings in Brownie) — Earrings: Lia Sophia

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I’m fashionably late to Gracey’s Literary Stylings roundup for the month. Haha, fashionably, I’m so funny.

In January, one of the books I read was Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, a short-story collection of Alice Munro’s. My aunt loaned it to me something like four or five years ago and I was never super interested in it because–I’ll admit it–because of the title. It sounds kind of ridiculous. But then I actually read the title story and realized, damn, she DID win the Nobel Prize, didn’t she?

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The whole collection is wonderful, quiet stories about women’s lives in Canada, but I took my inspiration from the title story, when the main character is trying on clothes in an upscale shop:

Then when Johanna had got down to her underwear there was a tap and a hand through the curtain.

“Just slip this on, for the heck of it.”

A brown wool dress, lined, with a full skirt gracefully gathered, three-quarter sleeves and a plain round neckline. About as plain as you could get, except for a narrow gold belt. Not as expensive as the suit, but still the price seemed like a lot, when you considered all there was to it.

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Some things aren’t the same, of course–I’m not sure Johanna would have gone for leopard-print, for one thing–but, you know, close enough.

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I also added a little extra gold here and there.

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Soft gold shoes wouldn’t be so useful in rural Canada, but I guess that’s why I’m not the heroine of an Alice Munro story.

Outfit Post: 12/15/14

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Dress: Blacklist Vintage — Thigh-highs: Sock Dreams (Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in Steel & Light Blue) — Boots: Macy’s — Belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Target

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You know the nice thing about sheer dresses like this one? They dry quickly after the wearer gets rained on.

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These earrings, on the other hand, dry slowly, which is why I took them off before eating my lentil soup at lunch.

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I think these boots would keep soup out, but I can’t be sure. They’re definitely the boots I would turn to in case of a Major Soup Disaster. I hope you all have soup boots, friends; these are some dark times we’re going through.

Outfit Post: 3/3/14

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Top, tank top, and skirt: Thrifted — Tights: Target — Boots: eBay (Steve Madden Troopas) — “Earring”: Gift

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I’ll give you a minute to guess which book this month’s Literary Stylings outfit is based on. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

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No, it’s not Miss Fussy Takes a Prim and Proper Holiday. That’s not even a published work, what are you talking about? No, this time my outfit was inspired by Janet Mock’s new book, Redefining RealnessIf you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it–she writes with such thoughtfulness and care. Yes, it’s about her experience being trans, black, Hawaiian, and poor, but it’s also about the larger picture of gender identity, race, class, and how they all intersect and are viewed by a society that prioritizes white, rich, cis supremacy. Janet frankly addresses her privileges along with her disadvantages, and defines terms while still holding the reader accountable for keeping up as she moves past Trans Facts 101 and into issues such as incarceration, poverty, respectability politics, and passing. It’s a smart, honest book, and very accessible. 

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As a white cisgender woman myself, I know that Janet’s book was not written for me, but I’m grateful to have been able to read it nevertheless. I thought about gender performance and feminine coding as I got dressed for the day, and I’ll continue thinking about it for a while to come. It’s overwhelmingly important to support the visibility of authors like Janet Mock, and Redefining Realness is a very valuable read.

If any trans readers of this blog would like to read Redefining Realness but haven’t been able to acquire a copy or afford it, I would very much like to help you out! Leave a comment and I’ll be in touch. Also, go check out Gracey’s Literary Stylings roundup, and maybe join in yourself!

Outfit Post: 2/28/14

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Dress: Blacklist Vintage — Tights: Spanx — Boots and belt: Thrifted — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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I haven’t had many opportunities to wear my cute vintage shirtdress this winter because it hasn’t been cold enough.

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Not something to cry into my cornflakes about in the long run, I’ll admit, but I’m still glad we’ve had a cooler couple of rainy days so that I can pull out some neglected clothing.

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Can the rain last long enough that I get to wear it a second time, please?

Outfit Post: 1/30/14

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Dress: Gift — Top: Thrifted — Boots: Macy’s — Tights: Target — Necklace: World Market — Earrings: Hand-me-down

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I couldn’t decide what to wear last Thursday, so (as with so many things these days) I asked Twitter.

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One friend said “red” and another friend said “gold,” and I took those and went from there, with liberal dashes of black and olive.

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I don’t think I’ve ever tried layering a top over this wrap dress before (a sweatervest, yes; a top, no), and I’m pleased that it worked out.

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Layering and me don’t always mix, and sometimes I end up fussing and readjusting all day, so it was nice to have a small token of layering success!

Outfit Post: 11/18/13

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Dress: Blacklist Vintage — OTKs: Target — Belt and flats: Thrifted — Necklace: Gift

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One of my particularly stylish coworkers gave me a few compliments on this outfit Monday, and I have to say that it was really gratifying.

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It’s nice to get compliments on your style from someone whose style you admire, you know?

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Actually, that goes for most anything. If I admire someone’s ____ and they compliment me on MY ____, my heart stops. But, uh, in a good way.