This outfit is my attempt to kill three birds with one stone: black lipstick for this month’s Alternative Curves bloghop, a review of some awesome jewelry that Kelsea Echo sent me, and wearing my favorite black tutu-esque skirt that I haven’t worn in a while. Sian recently posted a goth-tastic outfit featuring the same skirt, which reminded me that I have it and love it and should wear it more often.
I’ve been a fan of Kelsea’s jewelry for a long time–you can see me wearing my favorite unicorn necklace that I bought from her here, and a few of her rings here–so I was excited when she offered me three pieces to review. Her pieces are cute, whimsical, and come in a variety of colors and themes. For example, she currently has some pieces available that are candy-themed and brightly colored, others that are dark and Victorian-goth-y, and still others that are Alice In Wonderland-themed. I picked a rainbow candy necklace and bracelet and a pair of silver spike earrings, which are perfectly punky and versatile.
Kelsea also gave me a discount code to pass along to my readers: use the code TUTUS15 for 15% off your entire order. This code will be valid until May 8th, two weeks from today. So if you’re looking to snap up some heart-shaped waffle earrings, a rhinestone coffin necklace, or a golden unicorn hair comb, now is your chance!
Top: Re/Dress, fuzzy shrug: SimplyBe, skirt and bag: ASOS Curve, shoes: Buffalo Exchange, bunny ears: Crown & Glory, pin: Domino Dollhouse, tattoo choker: eBay, flower ring: The Big Thrifty, rainbow bracelet: DisneyWorld, studded wristband: PacSun (really old), spike wristband: So Good, earrings, necklace, and rainbow bracelet: Kelsea Echo (gifted), lipstick: Makeup For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Satin Black Continue reading
This is a guest post by my friend Valtinen, who has badass Goth style. Enjoy!
Alternative Fashion Philosophy: Representation and Availability
For me, running out of black lipstick in April is a desperate situation. The last time I did, I ran around to every cosmetic booth within a forty mile radius of my home looking for a replacement. The assistants kept telling me to wait until October when they had their Halloween supplies stocked… which is the problem. I dress like it’s Halloween every day.
It takes work — and a lot of black lipstick — to be this awesome all the time.
(Me, Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle, WA, April 2011)
I wish I could say that I have always been brave enough to wear what I wanted but I haven’t been. Even my teen phase of gothic gear was unhappily brief. I felt judged for my macabre tastes which had begun in earliest childhood. I could never find what I wanted to wear. Given the classification of Freak throughout my formative years for the few things I did manage to scrounge up did nothing to further my hopes of being taken seriously. I started hiding my alternativeness beneath windbreakers, baseball caps, and khakis, a phase of “normal” that makes me now cringe with greater regret than any other garment choice ever has.
Yes, that’s a golf cart on the left. Let’s not talk about that…
(Me, Torrington Country Club, Goshen, CT, June 1995)
I have since been able to shed the constraints of mainstream fashion which govern the masses. I know that sounds like a judgment, but judgment only enters clothing and style when you depart from fads. It’s the spoon-fed marketing, “if you’re not wearing what’s fashionable, then you have a problem,” etc. The very fact that what I wanted to wear was not just condemned by the people of my environment but by every company that sold clothing made me think that something was wrong with me, “Why don’t I like the spring colours of puce and mauve? Why don’t I want to wear pink and green plaid pants?? If I don’t wear distressed blue jeans, will I never get laid again?!?! Oh no!!!” Eventually, I called bullshit.