I've been thinking about fashion lately. I fluctuate between desiring a minimalist, almost-prairie style approach to dressing and a prim haute couture mixed with hipster details. Usually, though, I just wear baggy, shapeless sweatpants and an un-flattering t-shirt.
I wish I could sew to make clothing to meet my odd criteria They would be swishy dresses, cinching the waste to give shape, with dipped--but not too low--collars. They'd have to go down to at least my ankles, so I wouldn't have to worry about shaving my legs. Sleeves, to cover the unshapely arms. Something I could just throw on and still look "dressed," while allowing for breathing room (curse you, Florida summers!) and a mild sense of confidence.
Or like, you know, an Amish uniform.
Sometimes I think I long for bygone centuries when people had more or less one outfit, so it had to be functional and attractive. Plus, nobody got on to you for wearing it several days in a row.
Yeah, I'm going through a Baroque phase right now.
Then there is this for-real fashion trend called Lolita (not related to the novel). It originated in Japan, and, knowing the Japanese (I consider myself somewhat an expert because of my interest in anime, martial arts, and modern Japanese culture. Just go with it.), they never do anything half-hearted. So we have this super-girly, super-modest, Victorian-inspired, tea-party fashion.
I quote from Anonymous:
We certainly do not do this for the attention of men. Frequently, female sexuality is portrayed in a way that is palatable and accessible to men, and anything outside of that is intimidating. Something so unabashedly female is ultimately kind of scary--in fact, I consider it to be pretty confrontational. Dressing this way takes a certain kind of ownership of one's own sexuality that wearing expected or regular things just does not. IT doesn't take a lot of moxie to put on a pencil skirt and flats.
There are several subgroup of Lolita, but I gravitate toward this:
Pretty, no? (First image from Innocent World, the rest from Mary Magdalene)
Considering the cost of a pair of jeans from the Gap, it's not that expensive of a hobby/lifestyle, and the rationale behind it is kind of neat--allowing women to exult in their femininity without exploiting their sexuality.
What do you think?
If I were to invest in this (one day, when I Have Money), I probably wouldn't follow all the strict guidelines like having to wear platforms shoes, bloomers, and a headdress with every outfit. For an example of a realistic Loli-wearer,
check out this chick.
Uh, let me get back to you on that. I couldn't find her on chictopia and have already spent an unconscionable amount of time on the internet this morning.