I’m on lockdown right now due to some marathon bomber being armed and on the loose. I’ve been inspired by Buzzfeed’s happy lists. So I thought I’d make my own, equipped with news about the Clintons!
1. This dude has a tie and a bling necklace on AT THE SAME TIME
2. Just look AT THAT FACE!
3. Shopbop has a “Crepe Femme Dress.” Let’s just pretend they intended it for the queers.
4. Smiling yet? This hair:
5. Okay, how about the most adorable tomboy-femme couple everrr??
6. Adorable person I do not know:
Anyone know who this is or where this picture comes from? Cause I don’t!
7. dapperQ has a mysterious commentator under the name “Hillary Cli*ton,” who references Hillary’s exact whereabouts in her comments.
8. We take fashion very seriously:
9. Let’s not forget what The Handsome Butch and Bill Clinton have in common!
10. Ellen and Portia get hotter and more fashionable by the minute:
Hang in there, Boston! Got anything to add? Comment!
I’m off to NYC for the next 24 hours to shoot a spring fashion video showing off pieces from Three Leaves Menswear, with videographer Ricardo Nelson, Topher Gross (contributor at ORIGINAL PLUMBING magazine), Sebastian Joshua Flowers (contributor at bklyn boihood), Rae/The Handsome Butch (our tailoring consultant and contributor at dapperQ), and Katrina Casiño (contributor Autostraddle). All made possible by the amazing Anita Dolce Vita of dapperQ.
Three Leaves Menswear Looks for early spring ‘13 (from wethreeleaves.com/blogs/news)
I’m on the Greyhound as we speak. So excited!!
By Guest Blogger, Anita Dolce Vita
In my home town of Albuquerque, NM, people don’t think twice about throwing on a pair of sweatpants and an old T-shirt for brunch. When I moved to Manhattan, my New York City friends were mortified when I tried to pull off sweatpants in a restaurant. Moving to a fashion forward city quickly revealed a huge weakness in my queer femme style: I have no functional, casual, cool outfits.
I mean, I have formal covered. My closet is filled with a ton of glittery shoes and bejeweled cocktail dresses that are appropriate for a variety of special events.
I also have that undergraduate-just-rolled-out-of-bed look perfected. But, I have nothing “in between.”
And, why would I? In Albuquerque — at least when I lived there in the 90s — you either dressed up for formals or threw on a beat up pair of jeans to hang out at Applebee’s. (I certainly wouldn’t wear the above pictured shoes to an Applebee’s!) There weren’t a whole lotta other activities that called for casual chic attire. In fact, the last time I visited home, I was the most dressed-up person at our only gay bar and all I wanted to do was change into a fleece pullover so I could stop listening to my friends call me “bougie.” But, especially during the years when I was in college, wearing an outfit like this to the lesbian coffee shop or Coronado mall food court would have only invited awkward stares and judgment (even if it was self-judgment for feeling out of place):
But, now I live in NYC, where there are a ton of activities (lounges, rooftop parties, gallery hopping, brunches, queer events, etc.) that call for this “in between” look that I just can’t seem to achieve. This is the closest I’ve gotten:
While the outfit works for gallery openings and people watching at lounges, the boots do not lend well to walking more than 15 or so blocks in the city. Urbanites know the importance of a good walking shoe. So, I have some work to do in the fashionable-but-functional shoe department and I most definitely need more than one casual chic outfit.
I’ve found a few outfits on Pinterest that I might be able to pull off. I’m going to take these images shopping with me and use them as inspiration. My goal will be to stay focused on the mission of getting those “in between” ensembles and staying away from disco dresses and metallic stilettos. I’ll keep you posted about the results. Until then…
Anita Dolce Vita is the Managing Editor at dapperQ
As queers, we love the play between classic and modern, traditional gender roles, and new gender spaces. We’ll put multiple plaids in the same outfit, and find a use for our grandfather’s old paisley ties. I’ve slowly started moving into bolder wardrobe choices myself (perhaps putting orange and yellow together in the same outfit is some baby power clashing in the works?) and I’ve been super inspired to see other queers and fashionistas around town breaking every rule I ever heard about what goes together.
Thrift stores are the perfect place to pick up eclectic pieces for your wardrobe. It’s how I Dream of Dapper acquired her cat vest. Topman is another great source for patterned pieces, particularly masculine floral. Just beware of anything with the word “Aztec” in the description. It’s not approved by the Aztecs. H&M has some amazing women’s patterned pants; my friend recently got a pair that she loves.
Some tips for successful power clashing:
1. Mix bigger patterns with smaller ones.
2. Find a way to tie it all together. When mixing patterns, find a common color to repeat throughout the outfit.
3. THE SQUINT TEST: When you have your outfit on, squint and see if it looks like a mess or you can easily distinguish the different pieces. (A little trick I picked up in painting class.)
Allex Knight, from her recent DapperQ feature. The shirt pattern is so muted and pants so crazy bold that they balance one another out. The light blue nail polish is a really nice touch! (Photo cred: Shaina Chin)
The shirt includes the colors of both the tie and the jacket/vest combo to make a cohesive outfit. The use of thick wool ties is a great way to add some weight and grounding to a mixed patterned outfit. (source: thetieguy.tumblr.com)
Jenna Lyons (J. Crew head, new member of the tribe) always has some crazy patterns and textures going on, but she ties it together with color coordinated footwear. (source: theoveranalyst.net)
This fashionista repeats the color scheme of black, gold, and white. Actually, if you look closely at her wrist, she’s repeating every single color in her shirt. Brilliant! (source: behautebothered.blogspot.com)
This outfit passes the squint test, because if you REALLY simplify it, it’s a light top and dark pants, the commonality being black and white. (source: blog.stylesight.com)
Dapper Q’s first fashion show is also full of brilliant power clashing. This outfit not only has 3 different patterns in it, but has a canadian tuxedo-esque jacket and pants combo. (Styled and photographed by Jahn Hall)
Here the commonality that pulls it all together is the tie, drawing on the red lines in the blazer and shirt and red designs in the paisley pocketsquare. And it’s all the same deap red, or very close to! Bravo. (source: thatmodernman.tumblr.com)
More Allex Knight from DapperQ. Allex comments in the feature, “I love the clash of classic clothing, my body, and my body art that makes this suit wearing experience so gender queer.” (Photo cred: Shaina Chin.)