Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Free-For-All I

Sometime during the Fashion Freedom February event, I got struck with an idea for a new series of posts. I thought it might be fun to show two outfits with a similar vibe, but from completely different departments, side by side. Here we go with photo number one in this new series!


When I originally got the idea for this series, I thought I might have some trouble coming up with the "masculine" side outfits, as I just don't have a large selection of clothes there. However, this photo came together pretty easily, with a red and black theme. The photo on the left is actually pretty close to the style I used to wear before expanding my wardrobe to include skirts & dresses, just a simple tee & jeans combo with boots. I gotta confess, I couldn't get those jeans off fast enough after taking this photo, ha! After my month in skirts & dresses they just felt so bizarre and uncomfortable! I'm not entirely sure that pants have much place in my wardrobe anymore.

I really like the outfit on the right, and think it turned out pretty cool. It's all pretty much remix'd from last months OOTDs, except for the top, which was made for me recently by Mrs. Spookshow. It's the same style top as the black one in this OOTD, except in red. Anyways, it's a fun outfit that I think captures the feel and shares some synergy with the "masculine" outfit on the left. More so than just dress-up, though, it's an outfit that I totally wear, as is every outfit that I post here.

Be sure to leave your comments below, and let me know what you think about this new series. I wish I could say I have some profound purpose for doing this series, but truthfully I don't, I just thought it might be fun to see. As such, I'm really curious to know what you guys think and how it makes you feel.

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  1. I think it's a great idea, Michael, and I love this first pair of photos. What's particularly cool is that the shirt on the right looks as if it could have been made from the shirt on the left!

    Hey you know what might be cool? Playing with your posture a bit. Maybe try both outfits with the same pose and see how that works? Might be really interesting :-)

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    1. Thanks, Ollie! Yeah, I really like how the necklines of the two tops are fairly similar, and the color is spot on too.

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  2. I agree with Ollie, talking about posture and poses would be an interesting topic, since you take a more traditionally masculine stance in the lefthand outfit, while in the righthand outfit you have more of a standard "style blog" pose. I know that when I dress masculinely (for example, when my co-blogger and I did outfits based on Dr. Watson's clothing in BBC Sherlock), I definitely try to perform the masculinity in my posture and stance. Whether it comes through or not, who knows, but I try!

    I really like the concept of this series, and am looking forward to more entries. It's okay if you don't have a profound purpose--you might be able to make an interesting observation as entries accumulate and you see patterns (or no patterns--that's interesting too!).

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    1. The poses here were very deliberate. Often times, when I'm taking my outfit photos, I just take a moment to loosen up, set the timer on the camera, and just do whatever seems natural at the time. A lot of the poses seen here aren't really just poses, but just ways I tend to naturally stand. There seems to be a bit of a running joke in my life about having my hands on my hips a lot, which I'm told is quite amusing if I happen to be wearing, say, a Superman shirt. Anyhow, I've digressed, ha.

      I did try to take a bit of a wider stance in the left photo, as it just felt more balanced. I couldn't resist putting my hands in the pockets, as I just rarely know what to do with them so it seemed a very fitting place. On some level, I did want the poses here to be different as well, as I thought it might sell the concept more.

      I'm really excited about doing some more of these entries. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Mia. It means a lot to me!

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  3. I agree that it will be a fun series to do, even if you don't know exactly what will come of it - part of the fun will be what we learn from it! Not too long ago I came across a project that involved sets of two photos: the first was of a pair wearing traditional gender-identified outfits, and the second photo was of the same pair, having swapped outfits. Interesting idea, but I can't for the life of me find it now!

    Anyway, I do like seeing the synergies here, but for me, there's a glaring difference: the outfit on the right appears considerably more formal to me. I'm sure it could be worn in a range of smart-casual to special occasion situations, but there's a real attention to detail that sets it apart for me. I especially like how that black cuff works in both outfits.

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    1. I believe the photo project you are talking about is Switcheroo. I've talked about it before on the blog, actually. I love it!

      Interesting observation about the outfits. Truthfully, I don't really have any experience with matching outfits to occasions, really. There's certainly more attention paid to detail in the right outfit, however. Funnily, the black cuff is just something I always wear, and forgot to take off between the photos, ha!

      Anyhow, thank you for commenting, Thursday! I appreciate it.

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  4. Is that skirt leather fringe?? It's amazing!

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  5. ...I am really pleased I stumbled across this blog via tumblr!

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    1. I'm glad you found your way here too! Welcome to the blog. Don't be a stranger!

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  6. I absolutely love your outfits and you own your outfits like no other. And you have some damn good legs! Where do you find all those things that fit you?

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I find when wearing the clothes I feel best in, it's really easy to look confident & cool, ha! Thank you for the compliments!

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  7. This grows on me. I adore the necklace with that shirt, and the boots and pantyhose--really flattering, lovely. Only thing I can think of is just wishing there were more skirts that were cut better for male hips--lots of them just seem to hang funny, and I KNOW that they can be shaped to work more flatteringly and form to the body. It drives me crazy, makes me want to learn how to make clothes so I can make lovely dresses and skirts that would fit male physiques in just the right way~ I really quite like this~

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    1. True, when Mrs. Spookshow makes skirts & dresses for me tailored to my measurements, they tend to look and fit better. I don't feel I have too many issues with store-bought skirts, but it's interesting because I imagine it's a similar problem that some women have. Not all female bodies are shaped the same, either, ya know?

      Anyhow, thank you for the compliments! I appreciate it.

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  8. I think it's a great and interesting feature! And I am so in love with the skirt you are wearing!

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! Yeah, I pretty much had to have this skirt when I saw it online. The fact I found it for a steal (I think I paid $12 for it?) was just icing on the cake. And I love cake, ha!

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  9. Mark From Brisbane Australia.March 24, 2012

    I have an idea, the picture on the left, leave that sweater on with that cap on the head, then get rid of those trouses and get a longer skirt, i.e. a denim skirt, a black or dark blue denim skirt with a belt on it with those shoe and the black tights that are worn on the right, that's what I call a mix and match affair, that's what a lot of women can actually do with their clothing arrangments, so Why not men?

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    1. Interesting idea, Mark. You know, I've never been a fan of denim skirts, but recently Mrs. Spookshow found a great denim fabric while we were out fabric shopping. She made me a skirt out of it, and I love it. I'll be featuring it here on the blog shortly.

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  10. Gosh. You are truly amazing. When I saw the first photo, I was like: 'Wow, what a cute pic!' and right after that 'Wow, that's HOT!'

    I absolutely adore the idea of this double series, please, please come up with more!

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    1. Ha, thank you, Lyona. I really appreciate the compliments! <3

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