Your Shirt is Inside Out

Sadly, operating as a functional human being means that we have to decide what to wear every day, and regardless of our intentions, the clothes we choose communicate volumes about who we are and what we do. A rumpled middle-aged man wearing a tucked in button down shirt and slacks, briefcase in hand, could make us think he’s a professor who was running late and threw on the first items he found in his closet. A teenager dressed in all black with piercings and orange hair could potentially be a middle schooler in her rebellious phase. A young man wearing a hoodie walking down the street could make us knee jerk suspicious, before we stop to think that just maybe, he enjoys wearing comfortable, affordable clothing, and that maybe, we should ponder whether we have problematic underlying biases? When we see these people in our daily lives, all of us make snap judgements about their socioeconomic status, personality, even political views. We don’t take the time to think deeply about the basis of our assumptions. Clothing becomes a label to slap onto those around us, a convenient way to box people into social categories, and it takes getting to know the person to no longer depend on stereotypes.

Which is partly why I feel conflicted about fashion as a hobby. When I was a kid, I didn’t care about clothes. It’s embarrassing to admit this, but my mother picked out my outfits my first years of high school because I was too lazy to spend energy thinking of what to wear. What I wore had nothing to do with how I viewed myself. I didn’t fall in love with high-end clothing until last year, when I took a year off from school. During that time I interned in Chicago, a place where I knew almost no one, living with roommates who I couldn’t connect with. I felt lost, alone and invisible, and my online fashion friends were an oasis in that sea of uncertainty. I saw the cool outfits they wore, and I felt inspired and wanted jump into their world. Developing my own style was part of that process. Initially, it felt like I was wearing a costume, an identity that wasn’t mine. As proof, people were making half-true assumptions when they met me. They’d assume that I was an arts or architecture student (I’m a CS major), or that I was standoffish and cold. Some made the mistake of thinking I was a Cool Person. (These illusions were quickly dispelled once I started cracking jokes.) Internally I was still the same, I had just swapped some of the plain fabric covering my skin for fancier, more expensive fabric. I felt like a fraud – was I falsely advertising myself?

Yet I began to change as well. As my clothing became more avant-garde, my interests became more niche. The stuff I liked to wear, like Pleats Please, was almost sculptural, and as I discovered the amazing shapes and volumes that clothes could take, I became interested in how form could shape other disciplines. I started learning about design and architectural shapes in my free time, and when I learned about something cool, it would influence what clothes I bought. Thus, fashion created a feedback loop with my other interests until some of the stereotypes I had previously rejected became unwittingly, part of my identity. I had done it – I was artsy fartsy.

I’m uncomfortable with that realization, because is it really a form of self expression if you have to drop money in the process? The expense of designer clothing means that you have to pay to play, and most people don’t have the spare income for the entrance ticket. Whether fashion with all its capitalistic trappings is a valid art form is a problem I wrestle with constantly. It’s one of the main reasons why I don’t post on this blog as much, as I try to find a way to produce content without falling for the falsehood that creativity depends on buying cooler items. One of the ways I’ve addressed this is by venturing into making my own clothes – stay tuned for updates on this process.

Thus, there are two sides to clothes  – a fun way to express yourself, but also a socioeconomic signifier that only a few people have the money to manipulate the way they want. It’s a hell of a complicated issue and one that I’d argue all fans need to think about when we coo over the latest Dries Van Noten collection or judge someone for wearing sweatpants in public. Enjoy dressing up, but always remember the privilege that comes with being fashionable.

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Sikk Sales returns!

Hey guys!
It’s been awhile! Yeah, I know it’s sale season, but prices are often still too high to stomach, especially if you have a lust for designer items, so I have combed through the internet to find more sikk sales to share with you all. My friends recently shared with me this amazing consignment shop in Canada called VSP Consignment that has some really low prices on designer stuff. You do have to pay for international shipping, but since the Canadian dollar is so low right now, it more than makes up for it. Keep your eyes on this store because stock constantly moves in – my friend got a Margiela daisy t-shirt for like $50, which should be borderline illegal with how cheap it is.
If you have any great deals, please share them in the comments! I may feature them in the next Sikk Deals post 😀
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Bless bomber coat, size S– $381.70 (originally $1735!)
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HOLY SHIT MOLLY I CAN’T STOP FREAKING OUT OVER THIS HNGGGGGG GET IT NOW (practicing fiscal responsibility of course)
Maison Margiela black wedge boots, size 39 – $375 (originally $1255)
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You want to look like a fashion goat? Now’s your time to shine!

Martiniano smoking heel, size 39.5 – $165 (originally $548)
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Super comfy and super chill!

Haider Ackerman pants, size L – $119.60 CAD (secondhand, originally $598)
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If I were a size Large I would have bought these awhile ago. Let me live vicariously through you!
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Pleats, Please! The Clothes That Started It All

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Wearing: Issey Miyake Pleats Please dress and pants, Stella McCartney Cornelia Wedges

Ah, Issey Miyake – how many odes can I sing to this genius among men? He is perhaps best known for the black turtlenecks he custom designed for Steve Jobs, but this claim to fame is but a small peek into the vast world of clothing he created. His Pleats Please line of polyester pleated clothes were the reason I first fell in love with fashion, after witnessing this magnificent fit from the-rosenrot:

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the-rosenrot wearing: Issey Miyake Pleats Please dress, Martin Margiela tabi boots

I will eventually do a comprehensive post on Issey Miyake – there is so much to say about his work. He will always hold a special place in my heart. For now, please just let me run my hands over all those wonderful pleats, yessss…

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Introducing: Shuz’s Sikk Sales

I normally don’t like encouraging rampant consumerism, but sometimes don’t you just want to get cool things for less money?? And since I already waste so much of my life browsing the internet, you should just let me do the digging for you! Saving you money and time – that’s me.

This will be a new post format from now on. For every Shuz’s Sikk Sales post, I, Shuz, will be posting clothing, shoes and accessories that I find on the Internet that are either a great deal, or so awesome that I think you, the reader, should snap them up RIGHT NOW  (while considering your finances and needs first, of course!) There will be items for every price range!

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  1. Issey Miyake Pleats Please Blouse, Japan Sz 3 (Medium)
  2. Rachel Comey Legion Pant, US Sz 6
  3. Dries Van Noten Suede Platform Sandals, EU Sz 38
  4. Maryam Nassir Zadeh Palma High Sandal, EU Sz 40
  5. Marni for H&M Charm Earrings
  6. Intermix N Nicholas Ponte Long Sleeve Crop Top, US Sz 4

 

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The Problem with “Flattering” Fashion

iyananeWearing: Black sweater from Etsy, Aritzia turtleneck, Issey Miyake Pleats Please pants, Margiela tabi boots

“11 Fashion Tips to Flatter Any Body Type”

“The Best Dress for Your Figure”

“How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner”

Magazines, blog posts, fashion sites, TV commercials – every corner you turn, you’ll find these sorts of headlines trumpeted at you. They all promise in colorful and cheerful letters to help you hide your flaws and dress your figure to best effect. No matter where you go, if you’re a woman, you’ll be inundated with media that tells you your body is not sufficient in some manner, and then offer you a solution to fix the problem.

This type of advice that shows you how to flatter your figure should frankly be banned. It’s toxic, unrealistic and is based off the false premise that an ideal body type even exists. First of all, women come in all shapes and sizes, and pressuring all of them to conform to whatever shape society deems ideal is unrealistic and unhealthy. Second of all, why should women restrict themselves to these shapes? There are an abundance of interesting silhouettes clothes can create beyond the slender hourglass preferred by fashion nowadays. Round, square, bottom-heavy, short and stocky, even ball-shaped – there are so many options. Yet many people become incredibly uncomfortable when women choose to dress in ways that are consciously different, and consequently label these women as weird and ugly. They are considered “undesirable” – and it is this description that is perhaps most damning of all.

This is the big problem I see with the word flattering. It implies that a woman must dress in way that society considers appealing to the opposite sex, and choosing to dress in another manner is tantamount to social suicide. Of course, I’m completely fine with women dressing in ways that are considered conventionally flattering. We just need to stop telling women that flattering is the only way to dress.

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First post, welcome!

Hi there! This blog will be a place for me to put my thoughts on fashion down into words. I will also sometimes post pictures of my outfits.

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Wearing: Madewell drape top, Tibi culottes, Cote&Ciel Moselle pleats bag, Margiela techno tabi boots

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