MLX10 Hangar Dance

Someone emailed me through the site the other day and I was all πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I was always going to post another update but I made this more of a priority after people said nice things about me. Strangely my timetable has not freed up post-exams due to the huge number of things I’m juggling.

One of my current obssessions hobbies is swing dancing and as everyone on Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook already know I went to this amazing event organised by the Melbourne Lindy Exchange that was:

  • diesel-punk costume themed, and
  • located in a real airplane hangar, and
  • had a live big band playing, and
  • obviously, for swing dancing!

Bear with me if I’m repeating myself, but the outfits at the event were really amazing and if anything I was underdressed. That said, I dressed to the theme but knowing that I’d be moving around a lot and getting very warm and sweaty.

(And yes, that is a real plane in the above picture. It is an aircraft hangar after all.)

Dieselpunk

Over on the BrassGoggles forums I once came across this timeline of -punk addages that seemed… excessive, but anyhow dieselpunk is the alternate history version of WWII, the period from about 1920 to 1950 (think Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the mOBSCENE video, and even um this Christina Aguilera videoclip) but it often gets lumped together with steampunk since there’s a lot of overlap between people interested in retrofuturism (which is also why I’ve stuck this under the steampunk category).

Where steampunk has the frills and ruffles of Victoriana, dieselpunk is a lot more utilitarian to reflect the wartime. Clothing shapes are very fitted against the body in comparison to wide skirts and puffy shoulders, and the lines tend to be very clean and straight rather than curved. You see a bit of brown here and there, but I’d say the staple colours are army green, beige, tan and all the shades of camouflage. Navy blues are also popular (to continue with the military theme) and bright reds are nice onΒ Rosie The Riveter style outfits.

The Outfit

When I first heard about the event I immediately knew what I wanted to wear, and that I wanted to go with a more militaristic look.

  • Backless, sleeveless shirt-halter vest thing – $10 from a random clothing store
  • High-waisted skirt – $35 from a Dizingof sale (!!)
  • White scarf – under $5 from thrift store
  • Olive Military Jacket – Westco, bought from eBay for $10
  • Goggles – $10 from eBay
  • Fingerless leather gloves – $20 from Sportsgirl
  • Boots – My $100 favourites from Tony Bianco

In terms of building the silhouette, everything is quite close-fitting, and I got more of that pinched waist look by the high-waisted skirt (which also has a bit of boning at the front which really helps keep the shape). The skirt is especially military-esque because of its colour, but also because of the position of double rows of buttons on the front. That’s something to look for in both your jackets and tops and bottoms (you’ll notice my olive jacket has two rows of buttons as well), and something you can definitely recreate by stitching button on existing items if you don’t have anything especially military-esque.

For maximum maneuverability I decided to forego a corset or a fitted belt, and similarly for dancing reasons I decided on wearing this halter-shirt-thing instead of an actual long-sleeved shirt and a neck tie, even though the latter would probably look a lot more formal.

If had the time I would have made myself a garrison cap (this pattern was originally from HMA Badger website, but the site is down as of this post which is why I’ve reuploaded it), but the goggles did a good job of keeping my hair back and the cap possibly would have just fallen off.

Worn Wild

I’m sorry I’ve been lax with posting guys! To tell you the truth I’ve been on my Inception waistcoat stupor for the past month or so and felt too comfortable to change gears. As of now I think this blog will work better as a update-when-I-feel-like-it sort of thing – which is what I’m doing anyway – and if I have multiple updates to bring you I’ll try to schedule them a week apart.

I try very hard not to make this blog too narcissistic and fill it with stuff that’s less “what I wore today”, more “how to wear x, y, z”. But then Omega linked me to the official photos for the Melbourne Worn Wild (alternative fashion market… thingy) and thought I could totally combine narcissism and inspirational practical knowledge, but not really because I just wanted to show off how awesome I AND everyone else there looked.

Have a gawk at the photos over at Ellyway because I definitely got inspired from some of the lovely well-dressed people at the event. You’ve got your cybergoths, your lolitas, your rockabilly, your Victoriana…

And here’s me:

Believe it or not, the bulk of what you see is from Target. My pants, shirt and waistcoat probably cost me under $50 together and I consider them all wardrobe basics.

The hat and gloves you might recognise from this post. Pocketwatch was about $15 from eBay, umbrella/parasol was $7 from Queen Victoria Markets because the stall was closing down, bandanna was $2 from a thrift store.

My white rabbit brooch was from Little Shop Of and my cheshire cat necklace was from Tartx (both of which are linked under Shopping). Shoes are those $100 Tony Bianco boots that seem to go with everything.

I’m not actually wearing anything particularly flash, but note the combination of waistcoat + puffed sleeves give a more neo-Victorian silhouette, especially with the top hat. Add on the (pocketwatch) chain, cameo brooch and cowel bandanna and you get a very Victorian look indeed.

Compare this to the Inception GQMF look and I’m essentially wearing the same thing swapping puffy sleeves for the white long-sleeved shirt and bandanna for the buttoned up collar and tie. Pretty small differences that fundamentally change the style of the outfit.

Also despite my not having much money and being determined not to spend any, I bought the following wonderful messenger bag from Elvy Ess. It is extremely well made, gorgeous lining on the inside (and has a small pocket with more screenprinted creepy-crawlies), and it’s roomy and fits all my law readings! Gosh I wish I had the money to buy her clothes and maybe more bags. It did occur to me to get a job sometime in the future.

I am in the middle of writing up a long-ass outfit post for next week (hopefully going up Monday, but definitely within a week) so maybe this will tide you over for a little while.

Stay sexy!

Tank Girl (Tank Girl)

After tackling Noodle1 I thought I’d pay homage to Jamie Hewlett2 again by having a Tank Girl post3.Β  I’ve not seen the film which apparently barely resembles the comics, but internet stills tell me that she dresses similarly. Also she’s Australian and dates a kangaroo that should still count for something these days.

You guys may remember that I said in my Noodle post I really disliked shorts. You may have seen me wear shorts in my recent Tonks post but that’s okay because they aren’t short shorts and they used to be jeans anyway. This time I will go another step further to say I actually kinda like shorts and my previous biases were probably due to not finding the right pair of shorts. The pair of shorts I wear in this outfit were found at Cotton On on sale for ridiculously cheap, so it just goes to show.

You’re On Your Own

The reason I’ve got a whole bunch of pictures here is because I’m not going to do my usual outfit breakdown. People who costume/cosplay as Tank Girl tend to go with the target shirt and fleece hat but dude, she’s an anarchist. She’ll wear whatever the fuck she wants.

While I kept some of the accessory staples “I’ll wear whatever the fuck I want” is pretty much how I approached this outfit, “I” being “I, Tank Girl” of course. Start with some brightly coloured plain bases like t-shirts, singlets, bras and shorts, and wear em together even if the colours clash. Especially if they clash. The reason why Tank Girl looks like a punk anarchist is precisely because the colours and patterns are all over the place.

My primary concern was that the outfit would be unsuitable for winter because she usually bares so much skin. But after Googling some images like the ones above, I realised that it wasn’t always the case. I highly recommend patterned armwarmers, leggings or socks to keep your arms and legs warm. A favourite trick of mine is to wear fishnets over some warmer opaque stockings (and then knee-high socks for a third layer if you’re really cold). Stick on some combat boots over the top and you are ready to beat up a gang of ‘roos.

Accessorise with fingerless gloves, (utility) belts, funny hats, goggles and glasses, bandaids, unisex jewellery and a cigarette4. And a motherfucking tank if you have one.

The Outfit

The Breakdown:

  • Long sleeved shirt with camouflage pattern (I have no idea where I got this or for how much – I think it was cheap.)
  • White tank – $25 because it was official Emilie Autumn merch.
  • Brown shorts – $5 from Cotton On (yay sale!)
  • Navy leggings – $8 from Target
  • Mismatched striped knee-high socks – ~$8
  • Fleece hat – $3 from thrift store
  • Goggles – $10 from eBay
  • Red suspenders – $10 from Target
  • Fleece jacket – $5 from thrift store
  • Doc Martens – $7 from Camberwell Market

I think this outfit would have worked a lot more if I hadn’t insisted on wearing it during the start of winter. During warmer days I’d have swapped out the long-sleeved top for some armwarmers or fingerless gloves5. Definitely should have gone with more colour and more fishnet stuff using old fishnet stockings.


Footnotes:

  1. By the way the blog stats show that my Noodle post is by far the most popular getting hits from Google. It’s getting about 300 hits per week (no shit). ↑
  2. As people say, it’s not Tank Girl without Jamie Hewlett.↑
  3. I am ever hopeful that Hewlett is the new black and my blog and I will become famous overnight on the Googleplex.↑
  4. Don’t smoke kids!↑
  5. At the time of wearing this (which was actually more than a month ago from the date of this post) I had not yet acquired my leather fingerless gloves.↑

Haute Macabre Clothing Swap

Haute Macabre, the fashion blog for growned up goths, ran a giant ridiculous clothing swap where they matched blog readers of similar sizing together so people could pass on some wardrobe they didn’t wear and receive some exciting surprise clothing for the cost of a mailbag.

Well my parcel came in the mail and it was basically bulging with funky new clothes! Thank you Emma from the ACT! I am in love with this jacket and skirt.

Not pictured:

  • Polka-dot shrug that fits as long as I don’t button it up (actually the only thing that fit a bit funny)
  • Light grey jacket with 3/4 sleeves