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August 29th, 2015


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01:20 pm - Personal Style Choices, Post #54
Fifteen minutes before I leave for a second viewing of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., so a quick post. :)

While my issues with Tom and Lorenzo fashion commentary (the misogyny of their recurring line "oh [some celebrity woman] needs a gay man to tell her what to wear", the randomness of their style critiques) are documented, I still visit the site every few days to see what non-red-carpet images they might have found. Yesterday it was this delightful photoshoot of Helena Bonham Carter at a BFI screening of A Room with A View. She is Rocking the Hell On, as per usual.

I so admire that look -- and have longed for years for a beautifully fitted Vivienne Westwood-ish jacket like that -- but it isn't one that I can pull off. I've been thinking about some of my friends' aesthetics I admire lately, too: one friend, who has remarkably toned arms, can rock a 60s-inspired sleeveless shift-dress like nobody's business; another friend, who is statuesque and strong-featured, makes Bohemian Floaty clothes look like the coolest things ever. I can't do either of those styles, really (although I can come close with the shift-dress).

My clothing aesthetic is, on any given day, one of the following:
*Could Mary Tyler Moore have worn a version of this as Laura Petrie or Mary Richards? (In other words, cropped trousers and flats with a button-shirt for Laura, or long and lean workwear for Mary.)
*Could Katharine Hepburn have worn this? (I just snagged a Brooks Brothers white tuxedo shirt on major, major sale, and it's destined to be paired with wide-legged black trousers.)
*Could Emma Peel have worn this around London? (Jumpers and pencil skirts and heels.) Another way to put this: would this outfit be appropriate to wear if one was executive assistant to M? (i.e. Eve Moneypenny, represent.)
*Would this outfit be good for walking through the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas? (Cowboy boots, deployed mindfully.)
*Would this outfit be appropriate for walking behind Emmanuelle Alt on the streets of Paris?

On Thursday I wore an Emma-Peel/Eve-Moneypenny ensemble to work: cool Thomas Pink shirt in dusky purple, brown pencil skirt, leopard-print T-bar shoes. I looked like no one else I encountered that day. I didn't care. I felt great. :)

Do you ever dress for somewhere/someone else? What do you like?

And a happy weekend to all.

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From:paratti
Date:August 29th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
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I've dressed for Hoxton and fitted in thanks to my hats.

Enjoy Uncle:)
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From:laurawise
Date:August 30th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh, hurrah for hats! And you. :)

Hugs hugs, L!
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From:gwynnega
Date:August 29th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Your Emma Peel ensemble sounds great! :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:August 30th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
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It was v. happy-making. :)

Hugs for your Sunday!
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From:freixenet
Date:August 30th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
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I just had a huge moment of clarity--I NEVER ask myself these kinds of questions, and I really should.

One of them is surely "Would L approve of this combination?" But others are:

1--would Lynn Beene, my grad school mentor and enormous influence in all ways, wear this?

2--would my mother wear this? (Which is a clear no no.)

3--does this say ME or does this say "on sale somewhere"?

Must ponder. Thank you for making me reflect on this cloudy, rainy morning.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 30th, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC)
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You already have moved toward a consistent look, though: Does this outfit look like an off-duty tango dancer? By which I mean you're favoring more draped tops and your hair is often pulled back in what I think of as a dancer's bun or ponytail. :)

Cheers and hugs for your day!
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From:callmesandy
Date:August 30th, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC)
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Red Carpet Fashion Awards is a pretty fine alternative to T&L, she's much less interested in being funny, though there is a degree of judgeyness I sometimes find ooky. I do enjoy T&L, though, and find them so much less hateful than the awful Fug Girls.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 30th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to remember that! Most of the time I get my favorite images from street-style blogs or Harpers Bazaar UK online or the Daily Telegraph fashion pages, but sometimes I do need a glam fix. :)

Hugs to you!
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From:janus_74
Date:August 30th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Those shoes! I wasn't expecting that.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 30th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
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They are perfectly Helena Bonham Carter. I would probably fall over all the time if I tried them, but she clearly can Rock Whatever She Likes. :)

Cheers to you, and a good start to your week!
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From:roguedemon
Date:August 31st, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Hi there! I'm sorry I've been absent -- I've had a rough couple of weeks with my health, but I think this week will be better. I find your method of dressing very interesting. And thinking about it, I don't really channel anyone when I dress, I took years to establish a personal style based on a few questions: Is it comfortable, does it flatter, is it the right combination of feminine and butch, is this me? I have a pretty strict sense of what I want now, but I'm not sure I channel anyone, though I certainly look at some people and say, that is how I would dress if I was a celebrity on the red carpet. And Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett are my skin care gurus: I religiously apply sunblock and moisturizer and rock the pale look proudly. I want their flawless glowing skin.

Well, that's just rambling. I enjoy TLo and I really do think they are joking when they say that someone needs new gays -- I honestly don't interpret their schtick as seriously implying that all women need gay men to tell them how to dress. But I also find pretty much any fashion blog to be too judgy at times, both the bloggers and the commenters. I enjoy the snark of TLo and the Fug Girls, because I love snark, but I take them with a huge grain of salt and just enjoy the pretty pics. What street style blogs do you follow? I honestly don't know much about those.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 2nd, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry you've been feeling bad still. :( Hugs and autumnal good thoughts to you.

And my clothes aesthetic list is more of a set of guidelines: the characters are shorthand for ways I want to move in the world. :)

(We will have to agree to disagree about TLo: I don't think they're kidding, or it's "kidding on the square." The street-style blogs are The Sartorialist, Street Style Aesthetic, and the street-style roundups on The Daily Telegraph fashion page and Harpers Bazaar UK.)

Hugs thrice!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:September 9th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
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I love dressing up, and may share the portrait I had taken at the last steampunk event (though not today). With my F'List, anyway.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I bet you rock the steampunk look! Cool! :)

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