Fashion Inspiration

Fashion Inspiration

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
• 11:25 AM •

My Big Fat Fake Wedding

The other day I was vegging on my couch and watching an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. It was one of those blowout sale episodes where hundreds of bridezillas line up outside of NYC’s Kleinfeld Bridal boutique for hours to buy a 30G dress for half price (yesss! 15G! MUCH more affordable now!). The show had its usual lineup of entertainers; the ones that cry hysterically the minute they walk into the boutique, the ones that think a Kleinfeld sale justifies buying more than one wedding dress (… I know today’s divorce rate is high, but seriously?!), and last but not least, the ones that buy a dress…and aren’t engaged…or even in a relationship.

Crazy right?! Yeah, that’s what I thought as I mocked them then proceeded to get on my laptop, go on pinterest, and pin pretty pictures of wedding dresses, wedding favours and wedding cakes. Ahem.

Ok, so many of us who hope to one day get married are guilty of imagining and planning what the event will be like long before knowing when it might actually occur. From the guest list, to the venue, to the dress design, some girls (and guys!) are SUR-RE-YUS when it comes to the ‘big day’. So, in the spirit of this embarrassing realization, I bring to you My Big Fat Fake Wedding… destined to potentially never occur after this post.

The 411

Guest list: between 175 to 225 guests.
Theme: TBD
Season: Autumn…obviously.

The Dress

I didn’t realize lace was my thing… until I realized lace was my thing. I need lace on my dress, and lots of it.

The Shoes

My mother recently told me a horror story about a friend of a friend who got married in sneakers. Not cute, dainty or bedazzled sneakers… sneakers within the New Balance realm. Perhaps she had a back or leg injury? Not even. Apparently it was solely for the comfort factor.

Doesn’t she know Ryan Gosling totally disapproves of New Balances?!! For shame.

Because I take Gosling’s expert advice very seriously, you can expect to find me rocking some Choos or Louboutins on my wedding day.

A girl can dream.


The Bling

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Friday, May 18, 2012
• 2:32 AM •

Outfit Post: Office Wear and Something to Consider

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What I’m wearing: Top by Jones New York (thrifted), American Apparel pencil skirt, Mary Jane patent leather cap toe heels by Franco Sarto

Here’s what I wore to the office on Thursday.  I think that although many work places are pretty lenient with their office attire, it’s always more motivating to be wearing something sharp instead of jeans and a polo (casual clothes make me sluggish).

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Since this is a personal post, I’d like to add that I don’t work for Vogue, or any sort of fashion-related company for that matter.  I proudly work for an engineering firm whose specialty is aircraft simulators.  I am one of few women in my age range, but that does not mean that I will be any less me at work – I am an engineer and a fashion enthusiast at the same time!

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When I was studying in CEGEP (grade 12 for people outside of the province of Québec), everyone around me was recognized as a student, coming from different backgrounds.  Everyone had different interests, be it sports, music, astronomy, you name it.  Once we all specialized in University, it was as if we were all expected to become less diverse people.  All of a sudden, an arts student was just an arts student, a med student was just a med student, and I was just that – an engineering student.  It doesn’t seem to be the priorities of people to really get to know others if they can quickly scan a profile and build up a stereotype based on that person’s career path.

We are complicated beings.  Not only should we take this into consideration when meeting new people, but we should remember not to assume the stereotypes of our own careers, for fear of being different.  As I don’t need to be a car fanatic to be in engineering, an Arts major doesn’t need to be a hippie and a Business student doesn’t need to be conniving.  Keep this in mind, and have an awesome weekend!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
• 7:06 PM •

Do It Like A Dude- Androgynous Style

Do It Like A Dude- Androgynous Style

I would rather be handsome for an hour than pretty for a week“. Those are the words of Tilda Swinton, the British actress famous for her penchant for androgynous fashion. Swinton is seemingly handsome for a lot more than an hour a week and her striking attire has me pondering on my own venture with gender-bending style.

When I first got my short haircut, I immediately loved it. It was different (for me), simple, and (relatively) easy to maintain. However, despite my fondness for my new hairstyle, I was a newbie to the ‘boy-style’ hair club. My immediate instincts misled me into overly ‘feminizing’ the rest of my look to compensate for the very short hair. I bought countless ‘girly’ headbands, replenished my makeup supply, and stuck mostly to wearing skirts and dresses. All I was missing was a huge cardboard sign held above my head reading ‘I am a girl!’.

Luckily, after getting used to my hair I grew out of that mindset (I will spare you the social gender construction manifesto) and I realized I was limiting myself immensely by sticking to just one ‘look’. So, I dusted off my pants, got rid of some floral- and admittedly unflattering- hair accessories, and embraced my cropped do to it’s fullest potential. Over a year later and it would appear i’ve done a 180 as I find myself obsessing over masculine and androgynous looks. There’s something about the balancing act between femininity and masculinity that often creates a perfect harmony.

 

Keeping jewelry basic and minimal, polished suits, shapeless and boxy silhouettes, key accessories like suspenders, ties, and wingtip shoes are some of the characteristics that make up an androgynous look. However, there aren’t any strict rules since androgyny implies a look that is partially male and female. So basically any look that incorporates hints of both sexes will work.

 

Actresses such as Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn mastered the androgynous look in the early 20th century. Both women sported this look after the fashion industry’s dramatic change in the 1920s that had women experimenting with new forms of freedom and assertion of self.

 

I’m still a big fan of so called ‘girly’ clothing, but when my clean laundry is running out, my dad and bro better watch out. No one’s closet is safe. 😉