A few years ago as I furthered my style education it was time for my fashion-conscious adult self to phase out two wardrobe staples: big hair and big shoes. I got rid of almost every pair of chunky 4″ platforms and ditched the teasing comb in favor of pointy heels and short hair.
Today, I’m here to say “fuck it”. Life is short, I don’t have to be! While I may never want to see another pair of Demonias or can of Aquanet [actually, I never used Aquanet because it sucks. I just mean “cheap, crispy-hair-making hair spray], there are tasteful options.
The boots here are by Kirara – a Korean designer that’s a tough to track down, as a bit of Googlemancery proved today. Perhaps one of our Korean-speaking readers could help out? The leather upper is glove-thin and folds to my every whim, the platforms are made of an ultra-light foam, and they seem to be highly effective at scaring away rabid vagrants when I’m out on photo expeditions. They were fairly pricey, but I’ve had them for five years and they’re holding up just fine. Also, babies dig ’em. Seriously.
On the opposite end of the financial spectrum, the rest of this outfit is from Forever 21, including the perforated metal bracelet. The slashed legging debate rages among my friends even still. Questions such as “Which kind is acceptable, if any?”, “Will they make me look like a hipster douchebag?” surface, as stores offer a growing variety of holey legwear. Without assuming any authority over your fashion choices, my four cents:
- Wear whatever makes you happy, acceptable or not
- If you are, in fact, a hipster douchebag, these will hardly amplify the fact
- If you’re teetering on the brink of hipster douchebaggery I would stay away from these, unless you’re ready to plunge head-first into plaid everything, fedoras and headbands [headbands on fedoras, maybe? With stuck-on mustaches?]
- Just go back to 1 and find inner peace. Punch the next person to challenge your choices.
Lastly, big hair is fun, helmet hair is not. I was recently shown a video of myself in 2002 and almost fainted from the goth porcupine hair-horror glowing at me from the screen. Don’t let this happen to you. Try using a minimal amount of hair spray [my weapon of choice is Spray and Play, by BigSexyHair] and backcombing in a way that looks messy instead of tumourous.
From the Editor : Zoe’s glasses are from “A nameless eyeglass boutique in Tokyo’s Nakano neighborhood”. Sorry I couldn’t be more help, I could use another pair myself, heh.”