Firs of all, because my outfit of the day is quite unusual for me :D since as you know I'm totally devoted to black and I rarely put on colourful stuff.
But once in a while my love for pastel and frilly things pops up - usually in the springtime - and I might be spotted wearing clothes people would never expect me to put on.
Like this dress.
... I love this one <3! I adore pink&white and, most of all, floral patterns.
It was actually a present from my mom; we'd gone to a children clothing store to buy my cousin a present for his ninth birthday, when I noticed this beauty.
It was a 16 years old size. And I thought, oh well, my Disney pajamas are for 10-12 years olds, there's no way I can't squeeze into that.
And I was right. Tsk. Thanks to my height, I can ALWAYS get into children clothes: I did it with H&M, Disney, Benetton and now I've done it with this dress.
Too bad I didn't have any shoes to match it with, so I borrowed these booties from my mum but I don't really like the altogether :/ I should buy white low-heels pumps with bows or something like that: those would be the perfect match for that dress.
You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find cute shoes with bows or lace or ribbons that aren't lolita. I hate squared heels (or better, I think I'd look to childish in them) so lolita shoes aren't really my thing, but stilettos aren't what I'm looking for, either. Sadly, this is all I seem to be able to find.
The second part of this post concerns a show I've been watching lately, Orphan Black.
Just to be absolutely clear: I *loved* that show. It's one of the most compelling stories I've ever watched, I really, really recommend it to you all. Trust me, you'll thank me.
That said; for once, I'd like to share some thoughts with you, regarding the representation of subcultures in media. That is not something I usually do, but after seeing the same shit time, after time, after time, I tend to get tired :D so let me rant a little bit about one of the tiny flaws of this show.
So, this is Sarah, the protagonist, as she first appears.
And my first thought was "she's a goth". I mean: she's wearing a total black outfit, black make-up, ripped tights and combats. What does she look like to you?
And this is the edgiest we ever see her.
Later we see her in black booties, a leather jacket maybe, or a leopard tee but that's about as far as she goes with her outfits.
But she claims to be a "punk". Even her foster mother once reminds her of when she introduced Sarah to punk rock; but she doesn't seem like a punk at all to me.
Except maybe when she puts on a Clash tee (... could they be more obvious? I mean, the Clash? Everyone loves the Clash, couldn't they to the effort to make her less mainstream...?), and her "husband" states she's dressed like "a punk rock ho".
[This is all it takes to be labeled as a "ho" in this show]
A "ho". Side note: wow.
But what bothers me the most is that, while she takes on the identity of another woman, who's rich and classy an can afford nice clothes and a beautiful home, the show seems to suggest the idea that she was dressing as a "punk-rock ho" because she didn't have the money to buy better clothes.
That's prejudice, guys. That's not even bothering to check if dressing like a punk-goth ho is really something you could do by shopping in thrift stores only. Because I for one find dressing goth VERY expensive. You literally spend hundreds of euros in boots, let alone a whole outfit.
And of course she's a drug dealer, she has troubles with herself and she's a teen mom, 'cause you know, us alternatives, we're like that because we're troubled kids. Criminals, punks, or people who have been hurt and react with goth and punk, as if it was a protest of some kind and not, you know, just what you choose to wear, to the point that you end up spending a shit ton of money on it - and thats's because you like it, not because you couldn't afford "better" (which to us may not be "better" at all).
I find this trend rather condescending to us alternatives. Along with that "it's just a phase" rhetoric, you know, when the goth character's the one who's trying to find themselves after they've been hurt or something, but then when they find peace they go back to "normal clothing" and to being acceptable members of society. Like, just ew.
That's not a problem of this show in particular, I've detected in many media and I guess I thought with time people were getting used to the idea that alternative doesn't equal troubled or troubling (or both). But nope.
I'm the only one who's starting to find this offensive rather than just annoying? I mean, come on. And I won't even mention how the token Gay Guy in the show was portrayed, 'cause that would take a way longer entry and in this blog I only want to talk about clothes and the subculture.
What do you think? Have you noticed this kind of treatment in media? Does it bother you? It'd be great if you brought up some examples :D I'd be glad to discuss it with you guys ;)!