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What Can Brown Do For You?

October 1st, 2009 § 2 comments § permalink


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In 1985, after reading the Spin Magazine essay, “Why Young People Wear Black” I made the choice to do just that.  (I am trying to find the essay online but can’t, though while searching, I have discovered  that early 1980’s Spin Magazines are going for over $100.  I swear I KNEW when I was cutting out pics of Bono and Sting to hang in my locker that I would live to regret it).

Almost 25 years later, 90% of my wardrobe is black.  But events over the past few weeks have changed my sartorial obsession outlook.  First, the Frye Boots.  Second, I came across a pocketbook, that I could not resist, even though it is made of brown leather.

It folds out to a wallet.  Even the hipster girl who sold me coffee today was impressed!

Goth Redux

September 2nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


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Because I work from home, I don’t have much opportunity to dress up. And when I do leave the house for something fancier than the post office or grocery store, I have a uniform – black top, black skirt, black tights, black boots, silver accessories, big black bag.

And all of a sudden, thanks to the Goth Revival, I am in style, even if it’s by default, and even if it’s because I’ve just been holding on to the look since the first go round, in the 1980’s. And yes, I had a Bauhaus record. Hell, I had the extended dance remix of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”

So this Goth Revival lets me embrace the things I loved in the past – like these red winklepicker skull buckle boots from *capricornvintage* (Identical to those worn by the one goth girl in my big northeast university who had a name that was spelled normally and pronounced abnormally. She had a leather jacket with spikes (!) that caught on angora sweaters, and once went to a sorority rush dressed as a nun).

Click photo for link to auction.

It also makes me want to go shopping for more black things, as I always need more black clothes (click photos for link):

Moschino Black Patent Platform Mary Janes at Zappos

Flower/Skull Pendant from Vivenne Westwood

Marc Jacobs Rolling Rings Dress at Nordstrom.

80’s Black Ruched Dress on eBay

Dsquared Plaid/Black Lug Soled Booties on Zappos

Vintage Bulletin

July 28th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


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Thank you to Carol at Dandelion Vintage for the mention in last week’s Vintage Bulletin about this 1960’s black sequinned cocktail dress:

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