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Fashion Is In The Sky


When I was little I thought "Fashion" existed in a vacuum. There wasn't any point in dressing a very particular way because fashion only existed in magazines; designers made fashion and models and the elite wore it. When I discovered personal style blogs it was this revelation that fashion existed on the streets in ordinary people too. The Fruits street style pictures from Tokyo I had liked in junior high was actually part of fashion, the way that cool girl in my class dressed every day was also part of fashion, the clothes I bought a thrift stores could be fashion. To quote the highly problematic Coco Chanel, "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
Not everyone starts from a place of total separation the way I did, but for me blogs really connected all of the dots. When I started my blog one of my goals was to enter into a dialogue about fashion with other normal young women on limited budgets without famous parents and to show (partly to myself) that fashion could exist in small towns. Geography didn't have to limit style. The more I've blogged the less I've thought about why I do it--it's not that my goals have shifted but rather instead of thinking and analyzing I just act. I put on clothes, I take pictures, I find some time to write it all up. I suppose what I'm getting at is that today I opted to wear something more dramatic, something more fun and fashion-y and a little bit silly and putting it on took me back to those days when I was just discovering how broad fashion could be.

Outfit details:
thrifted hat (similar)
Zara coat (similar)
customized dress (similar)
red oxfords
*pictures by Tracy

7 comments:

Rebecca Jane said...

I love this colourful outfit. I also began my love of fashion because I grew up in a small province, in the countryside, with super limited fashion options. In about junior high I really started to make a concerted effort to try to find interesting things - heading to thrift stores and such - to be more unique. With the advent of style blogs it is always awesome to see people do the same kind of thing - find and display great style, even if they aren't based in trendy fashion capitals like NYC or Milan.

MizzJ said...

Agreed, that sense of democratization was what drew me to blogs as well. I find it a little less inspiring now that there are so many professional bloggers out there with all very similar style, but I think there are still pure bloggers out there like yourself that fill that niche of being for the everywoman. It's good to have both the aspirational and the achievable!

Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

you look amazing! i love the red tights!! so cute!

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Natalie Suarez said...

LOVE LOVE x

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Rachel said...

Oh my, I LOVE the crazy all red outfit! So cute and dramatic! I think we all need to play dress up sometimes and I feel like I'm due for a day of fun clothes.

Sora said...

I couldn't agree more with your words! I feel like I can relate more to you and low budget bloggers rather than those who only seem to buy brand new super expensive clothes that, tbh, most times I don't find worth it. It feels more real this way.

Nikki Williams said...

this red on red on red is just too cute!! how you think of these amazing looks is always beyond me!

xxoo,
nikki

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