28 October 2013

on the grid

Shot these the same day as the last outfit post actually, and I've been wearing this suit in some variation ever since I grabbed it off of Choies. I've been looking for a patterned suit for months -- maybe even a year? This fits like a dream. Being petite can be incredibly annoying when most inseams are for people several inches taller than my 5 ft 2 frame, but I seemed to have lucked out this time.

Blazer: Choies Button Up: Vintage (previously seen here) Pants: Choies Shoes: Cole Haan c/o.

I'm super into the graphic lines of this suit, for some reason it reminds me of J.W Anderson though he wouldn't and hasn't done a suit of this nature before. Most people are saying I look like a new version of Beetlejuice, which I'm into so long as it's not Robin Thicke's version of Beetlejuice a la that horrible performance. I think I mostly look like a game show host. It's cool seeing this suit out of the context of my life though and just on a grid. I kind of am way more into this than I am a quick street style photo simply because you can actually tell this is editorialized.

 People have a hard time realizing my internet life (and those of other bloggers) are pretty much editorialized fictions at this point. You're seeing what we want you to see. That's ok, that's fine, I think, I think knowing you're being presented choice aspects on purpose is much better than being led to believe otherwise. The outfits I post on this blog are real, and I do wear these things, and I certainly think all these thoughts about fashion and beauty and queerness, but I'm also dealing with friendships and sadness and school and so many things I'd much rather keep close to my heart and never tell the internet. 

You can assume from a street style photo that oh yes, I'm living and loving in Da Big Apple, running from this and that to this and that. Glamour! Getting That Guap! So on. Some of that is real. Sometimes I am so lucky to go to events and things. But mostly I'm hustling to get my homework done and overthinking myself to tears on the L train from being overwhelmed from ALL the feelings, and the thought of presenting a magazine-glossy glamorized (and at this point, very standard) street style photo seems wrong to me. Also I have never been good at that? Most of my outfit posts have been me with a tripod in my neighborhood when nobody is walking around, and then me running back into my house. The quick street snap is not real, it never was. I want to explore how weird and complex and intricate I can get with myself in a way that a street style photo can't serve. I know what my clothes look like in the context of my life and work and things, I want to see them in my own imagination via weird photoshoots and stuff. So that's what's happening with Tayler. It's not a perfect interpretation and it won't ever be, but I'm ok with exploring. 


Matilda Lindestrand said...

these are great outfit-photo ideas! love them! :)

Flo said...

I fell IN LOVE with that suit the first time you posted a pic wearing it (though I assumed it was super expensive and I could actually never touch it IRL).
May I ask which blazer/pants size did you order? I haven't bought/worn pants in about 7+ years, so I'm kind of lost when it comes to picking a size. (I ask because we have similar body types/stature).
Thanks <3

Ana The Zeka said...

The suit. The button-up. The oxfords.
The hair. The glasses.
The grid.
The thoughts.


Arabelle Sicardi said...

i bought a small in both and they fit me perfectly. it's a 26inch waist and the inseam is perfect on me and i'm 5 ft 2.

Flo said...

Thank you <3

Victoria said...

I just wanted to say that I really loved this post and I respect/admire how well you can articulate (and find things to explore about) this idea of persona. Stay awesome! xx http://buffycult.blogspot.com/

Disco Abe said...

so fucking fabulous! its the wogglebug from the wizard of oz meets bill nye meets alien meets fashion pirate! I HAVE VERTIGO

Ria Michelle said...

Best thing on my blogroll right now. Getting that guap lol. Anyone who thinks the quick street snap is real really needs to reevaluate their thought process.

cat said...

sci-fi game host

Nico said...

This is in response to your Rookie submissions post on your tumblr.

I am not one of those people who have been emailing you about submitting to Rookie, but I've never seen a submission from a reader posted on the Rookie website before.

What's the point of even having a submission email when CLEARLY there has never been any reader submissions on the website. As all-inclusive and girl power Rookie wants to be, it's shown to be very clique-y just like other mainstream magazines. At least the other magazines don't pretend like they're actually trying to be more inclusive like Rookie does.

And sending/giving a good pitch does take work and courage. Everyone started from somewhere and this attitude that you give off is really not going to get you very far.

Abigail said...

Yo Nico,


Arabelle Sicardi said...

Not only do you sound bitter, but also you're incredibly misinformed, considering there has been reader submissions EVERY MONTH since the inception.. They just aren't with the byline "Reader Submission" -- we bother to use their names. The editors give them bylines. And readers submissions have been on the site from the very beginning. You sound like you don't actually read the site, so like, your whole premise is just wrong?

And dude, we've been actively more inclusive. Literally today we have an interview with Angel Haze. We've had days where every single piece of content has been produced by queer women, women of color, reader submitted pieces from women of color ON women of color. If you actually type in "reader submission" we have poetry by readers as it's own post. http://rookiemag.com/2013/04/reader-poetry-1/ and we have friend crushes, too: http://rookiemag.com/2013/09/friend-crush-19/ And many of Rookie's staffers started off as reader submissions, like Ragini.

You're right. Sending a good pitch DOES TAKE WORK AND COURAGE. It also often involves REJECTION. Even staffers get rejected! I get rejected every month multiple times even at places I'm a staff person at. I literally have never written otherwise. I'm not saying don't submit. I'm saying submit to the right people -- NOT to staffers, but to the actual submission email. We can do LITERALLY NOTHING for you. We're not going to forward your submissions to the editors for you, you have to follow the rules like everyone else. I'm not giving you a rude attitude, I'm being frank about how things work: there is a system to follow if you want your pieces to be read and we all follow them, even the staffers. It takes days and weeks and sometimes longer to get your pieces heard. If you aren't prepared for the wait or the very real possibility of rejection you shouldn't be a writer. And also? If you aren't knowledgeable about the actual comings and goings of the publication you want to write for -- in this case, Rookie -- and the reality that there ARE reader submissions consistently, you straight up shouldn't even bother.

If you expect to be coddled about submissions at ANY publication, you need to find another profession. Literally you are the only one who will ever be invested in your own journey -- no one has an obligation to even answer your email.

Eat.Style.Play said...

Well Brovo with these pictures if you're doing this by yourself. I've never been any good as doing this but I need to try a little harder. I always have stuff that I want to photograph and be creative with. But I totally understand what you mean about having a normal life. I real blog because I truly love clothes, I'm not really interested in too much of folks personal life because it's their life. I go to meetups in DC and I think some of these young ladies who start blogs come with this wierd Aura...one they think comes along with having a blog. I never think it's that serious. I blog my outfits, I blog my recipes but someone will come up to me and once I'm talking look dumbfounded that I'm real. I'm by no means a big blogger or anything but just locally people seem turned off when they realize that bloggers are normal people with a space on the internet to share the things they love.

life is a shoe said...

loving the prints!!!


hannah brick said...

absolutely love that suit, so groovy. that haircut too! i tried to cut my hair like that and it looks a mess, so mad props homegirl. lovin your blog & your creativity xo

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