Top: Ashley Stewart
This is one of those "uninteresting casual outfits that I don't bother posting here" outfits that I mentioned in the OOTD yesterday. However, I had a funny thought while dressing today, and realized I simply have to post this look on the blog. This look is a good indication of a casual day look for me, when I'm not doing anything particularly cool, but also not working in my studio.
The funny thought I had about this look, and the reason for posting it, regards something I wrote about during one of my Boys in Dresses essays about the spectrum of men in skirts. Over the years, I've found that a large portion of the men wearing skirts who also post about it on various internet forums seem to support an idea they call the "One Item Rule". The theory behind the rule is that the best course of action when it comes to men's fashion freedom is to only wear one garment from the women's department at any given time. So if you are wearing a skirt, wear a men's top, socks, and shoes (which often looks ridiculous, imo). If you are wearing a pair of tights, then men's pants or shorts, shirt, and shoes, and so on and so forth.
One of the reasons that led to me creating this blog is the amount of ostracism that comes from the men on these forums for guys like me who think that rule is silly. To me, the only way to further men's fashion freedom is to rock whatever the hell clothes you want to (and look damn good doing it). I just don't think "Let's get people to accept men in skirts first, THEN we'll work on dresses" is a valid strategy. All or nothing, guys.
Anyhow, the reason the "One Item Rule" is relevant to this post is because I realized that I am actually sort of following that rule with this outfit ...
... because I'm only wearing one item of clothing from the men's department, ha! How's that for rules?
Anyhow, I figured I would give this cardi and top combo a shot today, to see if it's as light and breathable in the heat as I think it is. It's a bit strange in my head to be layering like that in the summer, but I do think it's works because overall the two items feel lighter than a normal t-shirt would. We'll see.
I got these shoes recently, in hopes that they would provide enough support to be comfortable standing around on hard floors all day. To be honest, I got them mostly to play Warhammer 40k in. Seque time!
I've been meaning to tell this story on the blog for a while now, but I could just never fit it in. As I mentioned above, I like to play Warhammer 40k. If you know what that is, awesome, but if not ... it's honestly not too relevant to the story anyhow. Suffice to say it's a tabletop wargame using plastic toy soldiers for grown ups, and usually involves a few hours of standing to accomplish. Given that there will be a lot of standing involved I tend to make it a rule to wear flats when I go to play. Usually, I wind up wearing an awesome pair of gladiator sandals ...
|Ignore the tights, guys. I couldn't be bothered to take them off just for this picture. Also, I largely think the no tights with sandals rule is stupid too, but that's a subject for another time.|
Anyhow, continuing the story, one day while my friend and I were walking to our cars from the game store, a cracked out lady yelled, "Hey, you boys got any spare change?" while driving by us in the parking lot. I was in a good mood that day, so even though I suspected she might be scamming for drug money, I told her to wait a sec while I went to my car and got some change from the console. As I was walking back to my car after giving her a dollar she yelled, "Hey, are you gay?!" I turned with what I can only assume was a somewhat puzzled look, and told her no. "Why are you wearing those shoes then if you aren't gay. Aren't those women's shoes?" Before I had time to respond, she continued, "Well I guess you have a punk rocker thing going on, huh? That's why you wear those." I thought about asking her if she didn't want my dollar if I was gay, but whatever. She drove off while I had a bit of a laugh at the situation. Anyhow, henceforth I've taken to referring to those gladiator sandals as my gay shoes, ha. Thanks, meth lady.
Getting back to my OOTD post, despite how stylish and cool the gladiator sandals are, they just don't provide much support when you are standing around on a hard floor for hours on end, which is why I purchased the kicks in this OOTD.
I don't really like to wear plain sneakers very often, as I just find them rather boring. For that reason, I decided if I was going to get a pair of sneakers to wear, I should go all out and get a really obnoxious neon pink pair. In the past, I've actually tended to avoid pink, as I was worried it would just further cement the man in skirt = gay stereotype that I often encounter. Lately I've come to realize that giving in to a fear of what others might think is exactly what I try to fight against with this blog, and so I've embraced pink as an acceptable color to rock. Truth be told, I've always kinda loved it anyways, ha! So yay for obnoxiously pink and awesome kicks.