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This is why we don’t have nice things (except for, you know, the sparkly dresses)

30 Mar

I started sketching this fuckery out after talking to Jami Sailor about the vagaries of appropriate fashion and the problem I have with wearing clothes, which is a direct result of the fact that a) i wear clothes until i either can’t get them over my ass or they literally fall apart and I can’t saw them back together b) when i do buy clothing, I am drawn like a magpie to anything glittery, sequined, shiny, and generally too tight. Stay tuned for tales of Janet-esque wardrobe malfunctions.

Also, I don’t really like how I draw using pigment liners or other fancy shmancy pens on my sketchbook paper (versus crows quill pen and india ink on bristol) but it’s kind of hard to break that stuff out anywhere but on my ink-splattered bed-desk.

Stay tuned for a Chicago Zinefest report back, coming soon to a Sassyfrass near you.


What I wore.

10 Jan

This is what I wore to work on Friday. Tweed jacket with elbow patches discovered at an abandoned warehouse in Baltimore. Shirt and suede vest inherited from my grandmother. Black jeans originally from New York & Company. Boots from Double-H (borrowed from my darling cowboy). Gold pin on jacket from my aunt. The pictures were taken in the family locker room at the gym by my bro Foster.


I love this gold pin my Aunt Reva gave me for my birthday one year. She changed her name and it has her original initials on it, which look a whole lot like my initials, J.R.B. A lot of my clothes/ accessories have belonged at one point to family members, which is something I love about my wardrobe. As hokey as it seems, when I put on this shirt and vest, I always think about my grandmother.

The best thing about this jacket are the suede elbow patches. The worst thing about pants are how after a couple of years my thighs wear right through them, hence the patching.

Sorry for the super-awkward angle, I wanted to show the stitching.

Also, here is what I wore yesterday:

Carhartt union suit (one piece long underwear with a butt flap!) was a birthday present from my boo, Dickies overalls, Asolo hiking boots that have seen many a backpacking trip, red scarf from New York & Company, thrifted knit hat, quilted plaid shirt from my Dad’s giveaway pile.

❤ JB

Blogging fashion.

7 Jan

I have been thinking a lot about fashion lately.

Not just in terms of how to most fabulously pair my gray quick-dry hiking shorts with my Americorps polo for jaunts to the gym with Foster, but rather in terms of the role fashion plays in my life, and how my politics, as well as my embodiment and identity influence what I wear (and how I wear it).

Nerd camp fashion with Logic TA Claire.

I have always thought that fashion is significant–I have argued fiercely and passionately (even sexily) with my anti-fashion boyfriend for the cause, and I think I have convinced him that even shopping exclusively at Cabela’s constitutes fashion. I still question how to be an anti-capitalist fashionista, how to wear clothes without buying them, how to make fashion political without making politics simply fashion (See: Thomas Frank, Why Johnny Can’t Dissent).

Last night: grandma's coat, bolo tie from New Mexico.

But as Dean Spade brilliantly explains in the LTTR article “Dress to Kill, Fight to Win”:

“…when we appeal to some notion of an unmodified or undecorated body, we participate in the adoption of a false neutrality. We pretend, in those moments, that there is a natural body or fashion, a way of dressing or wearing yourself that is not a product of culture. Norms always masquerade as non-choices, and when we suggest that for example, resisting sexism means everyone should look androgynous, or resisting racism means no one should modify the texture of their hair, we foreclose people’s abilities to expose the workings of fucked up systems on their bodies as they see fit.”

I occasionally (though not religiously) read fashion blogs. Most frequently, Threadbared and à l’allure garçonnière, both of which are incredibly thought provoking looks at fashion through a critical, feminist lens. Sometimes I check out Garbage Dress because I secretly aspire to be a fashion goth, and Style Rookie, because even though I find it to be uncritical and annoyingly focused on the 90s, it hearkens me back to the days in which I was a twelve year old who loved Hot Topic bondage pants and Nirvana, and didn’t realize that Kurt Cobain had been dead for a significant portion of my life. Sometimes I peak in on other fashion blogs, if I find ones that are feminist, fat, queer (recommendations?)…I used to post “What I Wore” posts on my livejournal and on a livejournal community called fatshionistas, which I eventually left after being told my clothes didn’t match, I looked like a clown or a circus freak, and the kicker: I was not fat enough. Maybe I am stating the obvious, pointing out a universal condition, but my relationship to fashion (even or especially “alternative” fashion) is vexed.

Homoween, 2009.

Senior Prom, 2006.

I am interested in fashion. I am not a fifteen year-old, waifish kid who gets sent Miu Miu in the mail, or a New York fashion designer, or a religious thrifter. Although I am from a privileged background, I live on an income that makes it difficult to buy groceries without EBT, much less shell out for pricey clothes. I wear a size 16 and glare-inducing glasses. I have a beard and acne, thanks to my dubiously polycystic ovaries. I can barely wear heels (thanks to a rock climbing injury my sophomore year of college) and make up tends to be at the bottom of my to-do list. On a regular day I wear Carhartts and plaid (or jeggings, my favorite fashion invention of all time), and growing up I tended towards the Star Wars t-shirts and horse sweaters. My mom bought me Husky jeans and pleated khaki pants (the horror). Am I even allowed to be interested in fashion? Can I afford to ignore fashion?

My three little sisters and I, probably circa 1999.

Thanks to a post on Threadbared, I recently read this anxiety-producing gem by Benjamin Lefebvre:

“If anything, including in a job application teaching and research credits that are provocative, tightly focused, esoteric, or just plain weird has a similar effect to showing up at a formal gathering dressed up to the nines in orange, turquoise, and lime–while such an outfit may display favourably an applicant’s individuality, such a statement may not be viewed well when the (unspoken) expectation is to wear black.”

Soon, I discovered a whole series of blogs by graduate students detailing the desperate tightrope walk between bland professionalism and colorful individuality–Don’t wear too much color! Maintain a boring haircut!–such as Academichic, helpful bastion of normative professional femininity for the modern PhD candidate. It reminded me of a meeting I had with a driven, super-successful graduate student who both said that I looked like a juvenile delinquent, and more or less suggested that I needed to pluck my eyebrows if I wanted to be taken seriously. Oh, the crushing anxiety. Here I am, 22 years old and hopefully about to matriculate into a grueling graduate program, and I don’t even own a khaki skirt or mules. I am, by academichic standard, and to use the academic jargon, royally fucked.

If I was to encounter a perfect fashion blog, I think it would be a fashion blog for bearded ladies, for genderqueer fat kids, for folks who desperately want shirts that don’t have darts and ALSO button over their hips. For recent college graduates who shop in their dad’s closet and wish they could wear men’s pants or women’s pants or for the love of god any pants. For cubicle-dwelling office employees who dress inappropriately for professional environments. For grad students who show up to monochrome university events in orange, turquoise and lime (and then feel awkward and anxious). For people who think about sweatshop labor and the environment and rampant consumerism when they buy clothes.

So maybe then, I will blog about fashion. Of course, this isn’t going to suddenly transform into a fashion blog. It will stay safely in the realm of themeless-amorphous-blob blog, in which I talk more about fashion. Huzzah.

Going to the MLA. Just kidding.


gymnasium fantasium

4 Jan

Well, it’s a New Year. And you know what that means. Back to the gym. Some of us are really serious about our gym time.

Just some bros, at the gym.
❤ jb

p.s. I would like to note that I don’t usually look this disheveled. However, I have a very small wardrobe comprised mostly of sequined shirts and pink prom dresses, so when I go to the gym, I tend to wear a combination some free shirt someone threw at me and my one pair of khaki quick-dry hiking shorts. Foster always looks good.

Rule number 3: Beards Match Everything

8 Nov

It’s true, beards do match everything. For folks who care, the dress was made by my mama (fabric and pattern from JoAnns) the coat is thrifted from Value Village and the bag is a knitting bag thrifted from my Aunt’s living room.

I spent this Sunday in Richmond for my friend Shira’s birthday–we drove down Saturday night and did some epic karaoke (which unfortunately I don’t have pictures of but maybe they will appear later). I participated in the following songs: Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger, Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry, and Summer Girls by LFO. In the morning we ate brunch at Strange Matter, visited Shira at the toystore where she works, and also went to an expensive vintage store that I forget the name of, where I decided that I both need and can’t afford a hat with a birdcage veil. And a used bookstore called Chop Suey where I got Adrien Tomine’s 32 Stories and Joe Sacco’s Notes from a Defeatist. Foster got a great hat and a bowtie from Luxor Vintage Clothing. There was also a mini-clothing swap to precede the larger clothing swap us D.C. folks had to miss this evening. Today’s adventures also included this sassy lady from the internet!

Coffee is a timeless way to accessorize.

What kind of music would this indie band play?

Look at all this fashion.

The problem with clothing swaps is that I have been to very few swaps where there are people who wear above a size 12. So after trying to get myself into a hilariously small romper and a deceptively large-looking-but-actually-small dress, I ended up with a pretty cool hat.

So much fashion.

❤ jb

how to wear fanny packs and other gay information: a fashion blog

25 Oct

Due mostly to the fact that I am in the middle of a lot of projects (Sassyfrass 6, applying to grad school, Operation Do Laundry) and not doodling as much, I don’t have any sassy doodles to post right now. So, based on the fact that I went apple picking with my friends who have cameras, this post is for Julia, aka garconniere, greatest feminist fashion blogger on my tumblr dash. Granted, I am no garconniere and Western-ish Maryland is no l’île d’orléans…but I digress.

This post brought to you by Virginia Creeper, Empire apples, pumpkins, overalls, hand-me-downs and photographer Shira Pilarski (the one with the yellow hair).

❤ jb