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This makes me happy

The New York Times has discovered a blogger who writes about and wears clothes that don't make her look like Snooki, Beyoncé, or Miley Cyrus. Leandra Medine wears clothes that aren't meant to draw the male eye. She wears clothes that don't look like they'll rip if she bends over, or flash va-jazzle if she crosses her legs.

And she points out that it takes a shallow kinda guy to be interested in you only for how tiny your clothes are. "Comfort" and "attractive" aren't mutually exclusive. What a radical idea!



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Dec. 17th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
I love that idea. She has a really great way of explaining what she's doing.

Of course, I don't dress hideously on purpose--it just kind of happens. I have a terrible colour sense which I admit to largely because the Gods hate perfection and everybody needs at least one flaw. :P
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I think it it so wonderful for you to celebrate the gods this way! ;-)
(no subject) - lizziey - Dec. 18th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Is this your way of saying "Bless your heart," dear? 8-D
(no subject) - stephaniesmom - Dec. 18th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
My favorite caption is "Shoes by Christian Loubouton My Little Pony." HEEE!!!
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in your commentary here.

I've had two men on my flist post about this, and their response has been, essentially, "Men aren't looking at your clothes. Even if they were, what you've got there isn't doing what you think it's doing. If someone is going to harass/assault/rape you, they're going to do it no matter what."
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I took a peek at her blog and was wondering if the whole thing is actually satirical? Cause I'm not sure how wearing a bustier isn't going to draw attention, even if you layer it under an open button up shirt and pair it with a pair of work pants.
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Dec. 17th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
and I thought people into practical clothes were a dying breed x_X
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
But none of what she has is practical...
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Dec. 17th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)

That said, I wish she hadn't used "slutty" in her interview. Her stuff is great, but women who *do* like it cut short-and-tight are fine people too, and I wish the media didn't keep setting up a dichotomy.
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Dec. 17th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
As long as you are happy with yourself then a guy is going to notice you no matter what you are wearing.
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Dec. 18th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Heck yes. I'm firmly of the opinion that no one can tell me what to do with, or put on my body. Not the religious conservatives or well meaning feminists.
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Dec. 17th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I am never going to look like any of Those People, Tammy. Practical and comfy...what I have to live for.
Dec. 18th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Practical and comfy...what I have to live for.

Which is one of the sustaining threads among my friends, Dwight!
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
She has a great fashion sense. I especially like the coat and boots that model is wearing in the third picture.

Although I understand that some women enjoy -even prefer- wearing clothes that hardly cover anything, that attracts unwanted attention more than not. If one dresses modestly, but still in an attractive way, a respectable man will take notice, which is much more important. But perhaps a lot of it has to do with a woman's confidence and self-worth too...?
Dec. 18th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
some women enjoy -even prefer- wearing clothes that hardly cover anything,

I think women should wear whatever they like, skimpy or hijab, as long as it's that woman's personal choice. I liked the article because I like comfortable clothes, and I get kinda tired of fashion's emphasis on clothes that are tight, short, and revealing. It's good to see someone design for those of us who like comfortable clothes with a bit of dash.
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Dec. 17th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Ironically, there are several revealing pictures in her blog. Some of her in (seemingly) some rather skimpy pieces of printer paper, and one of her in a bustier and granny panties... I don't get it.
Dec. 17th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Can't say that I get it either. I'm digging that trench vest though.

Not really sure what feathery sleeves have to do with anything either. A good lot of that stuff I'd never touch because it's just too much.
(no subject) - tammy212 - Dec. 18th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 17th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Interesting find! It doesn't seem to be about comfort though, so much as wearing what you want whether it attracts guys or not - and what she wants to wear doesn't seem to have much to do with being comfortable! I thought this quote was most illuminating: “She is relating fashion to feminism. She is saying women dress for themselves.” This isn't a rebellion against people who dress in skimpy clothing, it is pointing out that plenty of women already wear clothes that guys aren't really into (her examples being excess fringe, sequins, harem pants, intense shoulder pads... All stuff that have been in fashion recently) and wouldn't it be sad if they always did?
Dec. 18th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Eh.. I find the message of this article very strange. It's definitely not about comfort, as you say. And it's not about dressing in clothing that isn't super sexy and "Snooki-esque" as Ms Pierce seems to be saying.. as near as I can tell, the blogger in question simply decided to write about wearing WEIRD clothes. And is that actually so weird? High fashion looks are almost never about attracting guys in the first place, they've always been about pushing the boundaries of societal norms.. which almost by definition means you're going to turn off a lot of people, guys or girls. So I'm not sure this is a particularly revolutionary stance.
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Dec. 18th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
"Va-jazzle" is my new favorite word. Thank you.
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
yes! I totally agree with this. When I was younger and saw all these girls dressing like that my parents explained it to me about the natural reaction boys have to that and "don't advertise if it ain't on the menu" - I always wanted to be respected and a friend to the one I was with - not some kind of sexual object. And I do believe it was sound advice - my boyfriend is awesome and I didn't have to wear revealing clothes for him to like me :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
You should check out the Wardrobe Refashion blog. It's all about taking ugly &/or ill-fitting clothes and making something lovely, practical, or useful out of it.

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