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Clockenflap 2012: the fashions

Hey all! It’s been a while since my last post..sorry to those who have been waiting for a follow up post on my backpacking trip…..but….. I happened upon a hard disk mishap…basically all my photos from my backpacking trip are gone (other than the ones already on the blog, of course).

Anyway.

The first weekend of December was the Clockenflap Music Festival, which as the name might suggest, features an lineup of bands through the weekend. Most of the music are of local and international “indie” musical groups. Actually, I didn’t know ANY of the lineup before I went, but I definitely discovered a few new favorite artists for my personal playlist by the end of it!

Music festivals are interesting because they attract a particular type of audience depending on the music. To me, it is interesting to see the differences in the ways of dress as a reflection and/ or function of the type of subculture involved. For example, fashion would be different at a rave in downtown LA versus punk concert in Sydney versus a DJ/dub festival in the Netherlands.

Needles to say, I was quickly drawn to some of the bold fashion choices of the festival-goers at Clockenflap. It was the colors, the patterns, the textures… some of them left me craving a few additions for my wardrobe, particularly a slouch beanie, a cosy knit sweater and bright tights to go with the weather’s chill. Here are some pictures.

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Classic hipster look. The slouch beanie + big rimmed glasses

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Yess!! the bright knit sweater!

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Nothing like flannel for this weather. Plus the beanie plus the sneaks just screams STREET STYLE.

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Striped jeans// Fringed bag.

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Outdoor music fest does glam.

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Textures + pattern: fuzzy white, textured knit, tie-dye jeans. Simple & chill.

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I really like his splatter paint.

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Like the overall aztec/ navajo theme. A great example of overlapping patterns that work.

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Punk colored hair and studded.

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Nothing like a rock show without a mohawk. It’s rare to see people with real mohawk these days…

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I’ve been digging all the rustic/ vintage rucksacks on the market

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Normally I would never get jeans that “out there”….but this girl made me rethink…

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Too many textures and patterns to mention. Its the subtlety of the details make it work and not overwhelm.

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Comments/ critiques? What were some of your faves and some that you didn’t like?

What are some of your favorite winter fashion statement pieces?

As always, I’d love to hear from you! Happy hump day!

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Fashion Quirk #12

(Oversized) Mens Dress Shirts.

This is the outfit I threw on first thing in the morning.

What’s wrong with a girl wearing these? I know I know, they’re associated with the so-called “Walk of Shame”, having to wear your hook-up’s shirt after a night of regrets and well, …. shame? Well, I wouldn’t know, but I suppose I would wear his clothes if I had access to some fashionable dude’s expensive closet…

But anyway, I’m putting my two words into supporting wearing mens clothes. Just because I own mens clothes doesn’t mean:
1) I have a boyfriend (and I stole his clothes), or
2) I have boyfriend (and I borrowed his  clothes)
3) I have ex-boyfriend issues and is still wearing/ keeping his clothes

And it certainly doesn’t mean:
3) I had a hookup and stole his clothes, or
4) I had a hookup and he left his clothes behind

It really just means:
5) I love mens clothes so I actually bought them

No, it doesn’t mean
6) I bought them at the store because I want to pretend I have a boyfriend/ significant other, or
7) I have an insatiable itch to shop (although my mom would beg the differ)

So, for the record, guys – I  1) am single, 2) DO NOT do one-night stands, 3) do not have problems being single, and 4) I love mens clothes, and mens-inspired fashion 🙂

So, what do you guys and gals think? Are girls clothed in over-sized mens’ shirts more slutty than fashionable? Maybe there’s a problem with society that girls are thought to be more slutty than fashionable. Maybe people just don’t understand fashion as an art form, a way to experiment, a way to express yourself.
A few months ago, I came across this video a friend shared with me, and I just thought it was pure genius!

(I got so excited after this, I tried to replicate. Lets just say this girl has a special talent :P)

So in all honesty, I don’t think there’s problem with girls wearing mens clothes at all. In fact, if you’re a fashion geek like myself, you’ll have noticed that there’s been a trend for mens-inspired womens’ clothing. All the more reason to get your mustache on! Hehe.

“the truth is, a great mind must be androgynous” – to me, great, versatile fashion is not only stylish and functional, but androgynous as well!
Here are a couple of my mens-inspired clothing for women, or just straight up from the men’s section! 🙂

Pleated trousers & suspenders!
Mens surf tank, worn as dress. Navajo cap
Mens canvas backpack, my FAVE boots!

Other things in my wardrobe that some people think are “questionable”

  • Billabong board shorts (mens) – they were just so much more comfortable than womens’
  • Ties
  • Rugby shirt
  • Oxfords (Lordy, of I would only fit mens’ shoes, I’d be in trouble!)

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If I Were a Dude

I’d be a Paul Smith shoes kinda guy. Their shoes are just so baddass!!

And if my feet were big enough to buy these shoes, I’d totally wear it too. So it’s probably a good thing they don’t make mens’ shoes in my ladies size 5 feet… or I’d be broke.

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Lita obsession

The Jeffrey Campbell Lita bootie has been one of the most coveted fashion item this past year. I have been IN LOVE with it ever since I’ve seen it on blogs online. It is so versatile – wear it in the winter with jeans or summer with shorts; wear it dressed up or down…
Anddd it is so unbelievably comfortable for being 5″ tall (2″ platform). Add some glam/ edge instantly depending on what you wear it with!!!
Let me know if I’ve done the bootie some justice with the following two looks!
Indie glam



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