27.2.11

one suit, two suit

Maybe it's because I'm a blogger, maybe it's because I'm a wizard... Nonetheless, I seem to have an uncanny ability to categorize all my clothing and include a snazzy backstory about each piece I own: i.e. the place of origin, the price, the hardships encountered whilst undergoing such a journey. Each thing has a story and I have no life.

Once upon a time, I went to a snazzy consignment store in Calgary. I saw this jumpsuit. I thought, "Hey! It's like a custodian's outfit! But in pink! [hysterical laughter] I'll try it on! As a joke! We'll have a bonding moment, a good time!" Long story short, Hi, pink-custodian-jumpsuit-come-to-mammaaaa. The end.
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The great thing about this jumpsuit is that it REALLY makes you think about the most important things in life. i.e. do I REALLY need to pee or can I contract my bladder and hold it in? Life-changing, earth-shattering, world-altering stuff, I tell ya!
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Me and the weather kind of have a... thing. There. I said it. The rumours are true. We flirt with each other. I dress up for him. He sends some sunshine. But let me tell you, the weather is a tease! He winks a blue sky, then he vomits gray. Playing hard to get, eh? How can I say no? I can't. I just wear bright colours in hopes of *siiiigh* reciprocated happiness. In other words, SUN PLEASE COME OUT YOU ANNOYING TWIRP. I miss my bike.
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Warning: You are about to witness exhausted muses... Proceed with caution.

"Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are"
- Quentin Crisp


I recently heard this quote and it's really resonated with me. I immediately thought, "that's so true." It's hard to describe, but fashion does give me comfort and confidence and purpose. It gives me a sense of belonging. But, do I turn to it because I don't know who I am?

Not that I'm completely lost. But yeah. Some days I wake up feeling completely lost. The play I've been designing costumes for has just finished and I'm DONE all my portfolios! Finito! Bam! Wut! While I feel very relieved, there's also a sense of emptiness. My world revolves around making things and biking in the sunshine. I don't want to spend my days in front of a computer, regurgitating information that humanists said hundreds of years ago, or punching pointless numbers in my calculator to find out the sinusoidal regression of an irrelevant and unrealistic math problem.

I think fashion has helped me define who I am. But... when I look at it all, do I know who I am? No. I think I have an idea of how I want to be perceived, or who I want to be. But WHO AM I? What do I really want? I'm learning. Is that all fashion really is? A facade? An image? In someways, yes. Fashion is a personification of who I want to be, or who I want to appear to be. But I think that there's more. Fashion is an extension of oneself; it shouldn't define you, but it should certainly say something about you. And when you're a little lost, when you're questioning the world... you really do need something to ground you, to make you happy, to give you comfort. For me, it's fashion. I like when people smile at my clothes (by "smile," I mean "make fun of"). I like feeling happy in bright colours and prints. I like clonkin' around town, telepathically (yes) telling people: "Be who you are! Wear what you want! Life's too short to give a crap!"

"I'm just a little girl lost in the moment, I'm so scared but I don't show it" - Lenka. I can't even fathom where I'll be in a year. Not a clue. Who will I be? What will I be dreaming? Creating? Craving? It's scary, absolutely. But I can't take it too seriously. Life is about the journey, the evolution and fuck it, I'm going to wear ridiculous custodian-esque pink jumpsuits when I go on the ride!
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(Jumpsuit - Thrifted/ Consignment $5, Blazer - Value Village $7, Shoes - Salvation Army $8, Gloves - Winners/ Gift, Belts - Thrifted $1 each, Jewelry - Assorted, Butterfly Broach - Gift)

So, if you read all that, can we please make cocoons together and transform into butterflies when spring arises? Or you know, we could just muse on fashion and life together and here you go! Opportunity! Bam!
What does fashion mean to you?

34 comments:

Eli said...

ahh I was just about to leave you a comment and you left one on mine, thank you :)

I for one think your jumpsuit is amazing, were I a little bit younger, feel like I would wear that every day!

also, fashion to me is wearing what you want and letting others do the same with no judgment. We judge others too quickly by their clothes or brands or whatever. I guess I wish fashion was more democratic

shaunbadry said...

I can't tell you how much I love that jumpsuit!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Toyin Lola said...

I love the faces in your pictures and daring colors you put together, so cute

and to answer your question, to me fashion is wearing and liking things that fit your personality and not just because it says "Chanel" or "Ralph Lauren" on the tag or because your favorite celebrity is wearing it. What might fit them wont always look right on you just because they're "famous" and it's in. :)

http://fashionistoyinlola.blogspot.com/

Be said...

As they said in the 'Simpsons': You are Lisa Simpson. Oops, sorry, I meant to say: You are Lexy. (Although, when you think of it, a name is just a label and doesn't actually determine who you are..)(look what you've done! You've got me thinking!)

Those are nice gloves. I wouldn't wear them though (they'll clash with my skin), but they look pretty cool to me!
**I like the butterfly**

I love looking at fashion and how people can make amazing combinations out of things which I would think 'urg' at. But the truth is I have no fashion sense and at the mall I hit the bookshop straight away.
But I love fashion blogs and those TV shows (top model and such), I just find it all interesting.
I like sewing.

Mrs. April said...

Gah I love those colors. You look so cute!

-April

Flashes of Style said...

I LOVE these bright colors on you! This is such a fun and cheerful mix :)

Deidra said...

Wow. This post was absolutely amazing. I like your thoughts!

I can see how fashion can sort of tell you who you are, but not in a bad way at all! It's just a help, an extension of you, and maybe it can help you see yourself by being a physical manifestation of what you have inside, of your potential and your wishes and your dreams.

I don't think you have to worry so much about "who you are" if you know who you want to be. That's the important part, right? If you have something to aim for and you know what that is, you probably only have to have a vague idea of where you're coming from, if that.

Dooshi said...

Love the color block outfit that you've been created! And I don't know if you meant to but you totally bring a summer vibe to this snowy weather...
It's my first time in your blog and I really liked your style and craziness! Consider me as new follower.
And you are more than invited to visit mine too :)

Joanne Faith said...

To me fashion is a creative outlet & it just feels good to be wearing something and feel totally amazing in it.

btw - I adore your leopard gloves! The pink & teal combo also rocks.

Hanna said...

you are Master in color blocking!! and i think it looks so fierce!!

Rocking Doll Museum said...

/reply/ Thank you! ^^

What a colorfull outfit you always wear! It suits you though ^^

Jess said...

I have stories connected to all my clothes too... I just walk around waiting for someone to ask me them. Maybe that's the point of fashion blogging?

Dude, I love your jumpsuit/shoes/colour combination. Putting those colours together...I am in awe.

Glowing Doll said...

I love your loafers and your butterfly brooch.

Fashion to me is liberation. People forget that not too long ago it was frowned upon for women to wear pants.
So as a woman being able to choose what I wear, when I wear it and how I wear it, is a very special thing.

Kenziefaith said...

I love this whole post. You write beautifully. And you wear pretty pink jumpsuits oh so well. : )

Cafe Fashionista said...

Fashion means fabulosity. At least it does to me. Without fashion I'm not sure I would survive for very long.

BTW...You are the Queen of Color. That is all. :)

Sweet said...

You are really an epitome of colors my dear...full of rainbows and sunshines...even though there is no sun...your personality radiates through the photos...I love how fun you can always get...I miss you my dear Lexy!!!!

For me fashion means, to express myself....you should be able to be comfortable with what you wear and have confidence in it...

I love colors but I am not so good like you...I always dress up in the safer side...but even though I do not just follow trends I always make sure that I have that spunk in my outfits....

thank you for the love and kisses babe!!!

Kisses
Sweet
PensandLens
@mistytewest

Britty said...

so i'm very bad at blogger interview i was in tennessee for like 3 days and i forgot to email you telling that your interview was up soSORRY REALLY but it's up and you go check it out haha

but your jumpsuit is soo cute you look great in it the pink color looks perfect on you! i love the way you styled it that blazer is awesome and those gloves sweeettt!

F@WearItWithFlair said...

Thank you for the comment!
Love. Love. LOVE your outfit!

xo
F

www.wearitwithflair.blogspot.com

Hello Naka said...

fashion means two different things to me

- being a sheep and following the crowd

- expressing your individuality!

and amazing gloves :3 i love the colour of the jumpsuit ^^

Audrey Allure said...

I love the colors in your outfit + leopard gloves!

And I'm not really agreeing with the quote - I mean, if that is so, then it also applies to other interests too. For example, like cooking. People fall into it or like it because it's one of their interests and/or activities. Fashion or cooking, etc. can help shape your personality and help show off your image to other people but who you are as a person kinda picked out the interest first.

^ I'm not sure if that really made sense but yeah. lol Basically I'm saying who you are as a person and your interest is interchangeable.

LyddieGal said...

I am so smitten with the turquoise blazer (sorry jumpsuit).

and yeah sometimes I wonder who i am. really. and why i care so much about finding some specific pair of shoes, and any other person would probably think a quest for a pair of shoes would be an absurd waste of time. But still, I search.

Chic on the Cheap

Madeline and Sophie said...

That butterfly pin is too excellent to be true.
Where, good lady, did you get this perfect item?

Style, She Wrote said...

Fashion makes me think...self-expression -- and art!

Love the jumper! xo style, she wrote

Clare said...

You look so amazing! Who takes your photos? They do an INCREDIBLE job!!

FashionJazz said...

Wow your outfit just brightened up my day hun!! :) Love it! Happy Tuesday xx

NRC said...

Love the outfit so bright and colourful I'm adding this to my inspiration folder!!!

Angelica Ng said...

Ah haha! Your posts...always so hilarious! You have no life; I beg to differ! Haha! Love your gloves, and colours blocking. Man, the sun better come out and melt this snow soon...

http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

mashi said...

Lovely pictures, love the post lol

Fashion to me is expressing one self in a unique way through what you wear (and looking pretty in it of course) lol

Rand T said...

LOVE THE PINK
you look beautiful darling!:) xx

Carolina said...

that outfit is so RAD, reminds me of a watermelon..aka i can't wait 4 summer in canada :) your style isss awesome!! XOXXO from a fellow Cndn :)

Thelma said...

your blog is really good! :)

sojourned in style said...

that was deep. way deep to the crevices of your mind and soul. seriously. the pink jumpsuit in itself is pretty mind-blowing! that quote is so thought provoking. i never referred to fashion as my identity but is kind of is. its what excites me keeps me motivated. its a lot more than a hobby its almost a way of being. i relate to your fears of the future, time scares me but life is too short!

tailorstitch said...

for me fashion really expresses the kind of mod i'm in. I love how playful your pics are. I wish you had a bloglovin so I could follow you on it :(

YOUNG BLOOD said...

fashion is all about experimenting!

we love your colour ways, miss quirky explosion.

x

http://theyoungbloodproject.com