Normcore

My friend and I were talking about how we are just not into fashion that much lately. For me, it has to do with not wanting to buy anything unless it is secondhand, or well-made by an independent designer (expensive). Also, as a library clerk, I can’t afford that much.

The world feels depressing lately so I decided to dive back into fashion blogs and see if I could get excited about anything. I stumbled upon Double3xposure, a fashion blogger, on Instagram. She is a 20-year-old college student living in Atlanta, Georgia. What I love about her style is how normal she looks.

Her hair is undone. She is wearing sensible shoes. Many of her outfits are just a t-shirt and cut off jeans. I particularly love that she embraces the off-the-shoulder trend by wearing a pajama top that she simply shimmies around her shoulders. #genius

Seeing her outfits got me thinking of normcore (think hardcore normal). I’d always heard about it but didn’t really know what it meant. I found this Vogue video where Alexa Chung interviews the people (K-Hole) who invented the term. This story is fascinating! You have to watch this. It’s like an art joke altering the fashion industry.

Wanting to always promote sustainable style is like always being on a diet. Occasionally, I just want junk food. Double3xposure has inspired me to keep eating healthy. I’m inspired to be creative with what I already have and make smart investments with pieces that I love.

Double3xposure says about her personal style:

To me having style has nothing to do with the amount of money you have. I believe style has to do with the creativity you put into the outfits you wear with the things you already have.

BTW — It is through Double3xpsoure that I learned about Older Brother. I love how eco-friendly and unisex their designs are.

P.S. Vivienne Westwood wrote a great blog post called — Unisex is good for the environment.

That’s enough to chew on for now. xo jam

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Sustainable Style

whowhatwearHave you noticed the coat-as-cape trend?  The image above is from a post on Who What Wear. It is a great example of sustainable style. You don’t need to purchase anything new. Just wear what you already have with a little more pizazz. I wear my librarian-chic cardigans this way at work sometimes.

two trendsThe image above is from the J. Crew blog. Notice they are both wearing their jackets as capes. There is another little detail that I love from this image. Do you see it?  It appears that the woman with the jean jacket cut off the collar. I love that little alteration. It makes the piece more personal. I have a jean jacket in my closet that I haven’t worn for years. If I cut off the collar and wear it as a cape it could become my go-to piece for the summer.

thesquare_spring2015

If you follow me on other social media channels then you already know that I am now a style contributor for two local publications. I contribute a regular piece about sustainable style shopping to the The Square. Grab a copy when you see one around town. There are a ton of great articles about what is happening on the Seacoast. You can also read it online.

style queueI have also started a regular contribution for The Sound. The format for my Sound piece is inspired by the Talk column in the New York Times. It will feature a head-to-toe portrait of a local stylish person alongside a question-and-answer article. With this monthly series I hope to celebrate individual style, sustainable style, and body positive style. Here is a link to my first contribution.

tutus

After Halloween my mind jumps to the next time I can dress up.  For me that’s New Year’s Eve.  Last year I wore pajamas and rhinestones. That was fun.  This year I want to wear a tutu.  A cross between something Carrie Bradshaw and Cyndi Lauper would wear.  I think I want a colorful tutu that goes to the knee.  I want to wear it with a vintage slub t-shirt or a slouchy sweatshirt —  with either sneakers or boots.  I know.  It could be a train wreck.

I like the simplicity of Carrie’s outfit.  A mint tutu with a super soft vintage T and blazer would be great, but I can’t wear heels.  That’s why I like the Cyndi Lauper influence. I need to be comfortable and warm.  My favorite part of New Year’s Eve is when I literally dance in the street.

There are lots of options available on Etsy.  The most affordable seem to be square dancing petticoats.  I’m tempted to make my own.  Could I buy an awful old wedding dress, tear out the underskirt and dye it?

From the top: >  Rag Rich Vintage Petticoat Crinoline Skirt > Cosmic Katie Robin Egg Blue Crinoline Skirt  > Paramount Vintage Red Crinoline Skirt  > ApartofmeAPOM Tulle Midi length skirt  > Fanfaronada tutus.