I have some exciting changes coming on the blog that I can't wait to get underway! It's nothing crazy, but I think they'll be good changes! Basically, instead of just posting randomly, I really want to focus on three posts a week.
The first post will be a feminist one, much like what I've been doing recently. I'll address current social issues/feminist (and anti-feminist) media/etc. My second post will be a fashion related piece! I love fashion and I love photography, so I'd really like to incorporate that into my blog more. Plus, I really feel as though I've begun to come into my own style and I want to share that journey with y'all :) I'm also hoping to feature other stylish feminist ladies (friends and gals I see on the street/in stores/wherever!). My third post of the week will be a creative writing one - something that relates to girls, girlhood, and feminism. It could be a poem, a short story, or a memoir style piece.
I'm feeling super inspired about posting more often and I think this plan will help me be more creative and productive. And, as always, please let me know if there are any feminist-y things you'd like to see addressed on augustagail - I love hearing y'alls ideas!
I thought I'd start out this week with a style post, and a look back at my fashion past.
Style and clothes have always been important to me, and they'e played very different roles throughout my life. Style was a way to try and find myself in high school. It was a way to get male attention in college. A lack of clothes was required at a few of my jobs following graduation as a way to make money (and, sadly, a way to feel worthwhile). When I moved to California, style became a way to express myself - a way to feel good about myself and my body.
There were times when I used clothing to fulfill stereotypes or to appeal to other people. These days I dress to have fun, to challenge style ideals, and to make myself smile. Through positive and negative, fashion has always been a creative outlet for me.
My style has changed a lot over the last 25 years, and I thought it'd be fun to take a brief detour through the last two decades of my fashion journey.
As a kid, I was already pretty opinioned when it came to clothing. I had a phase where I'd only wear black. There was a long period of time where I wouldn't wear anything with sleeves. My favorite phase was when I'd pair tutus with bathing suits and mini high heels.
In high school I had an unfortunate matchy-matchy phase, where my jewelry had to match my shirt and my shoes and my purse. It was not my finest moment in fashion. I also liked tying ribbons around my neck like shiny, awkward looking chocker necklaces.
In college, my style look a turn for the trashier (and I mean that very endearingly). It was at this point in my life that guys started paying attention to me. I dyed my hair blonder, learned the magic deceit of pushup bras, and realized that if i wore tighter, shorter dresses, dudes would hit on me (shocking, I know). I got a reputation for being the girl with the shortest shorts ever, and was called a 'home wrecker' on more than one occasion (though I don't recall wrecking anyone's house…literally or figuratively). I'll be honest, I've always loved more revealing clothes, and I like showing off my body. In college, I did so in a way that was unhealthy and for the benefit of other people. That being said, I don't regret the way I dressed. It was a part of my life, and I'm not ashamed of a single outfit I put on. College is a time to learn and experiment, and I had a lot of fun (and my clothes were a part of that).
After college I took my desire to dress sexy to the next level, and held some jobs that required very little to no clothing. I'm going to skip those photos lol and save that story for a future blog post.
Moving to California was the best thing that could have happened to me in terms of style and fashion (and in terms of life). It was in the amazing, hectic, crazy city of LA that I finally began to find a style that felt like ME. In LA I realized I could dress for myself, I realized I could experiment with style, and I realized that I didn't need to give a damn about anyone else's opinion. I still love short shorts, crop-tops, and super high heels. I also love oversized sweaters and chunky boots. My current obsession is athletic inspired sexiness. AKA sweat pants and baggy jeans paired with side-boob baring tanks, massive jewelry, and my black, high-heeled combat boots. I'm super inspired by Gwen Stefani circa the 1990s and have been shopping exclusively in the menswear section of consignment stores.
So, without further ado, here are a few photos from an outfit I wore recently!
Looking forward to sharing more posts/photos/and fun with you!