This week, I learned three things:
1.) It’s extremely easy to put gaping, void-like holes in the walls of my new apartment during innocent attempts to hang pictures (sorry, new landlord).
2.) Moving to a first-floor pad means being more careful about not changing in front of the window (sorry, new neighbors – or, maybe, you’re welcome).
3.) Everybody who reads this blog is really, ridiculously good-looking.
Amidst the madness of my move last week, I put out a call/plea/cry for help asking readers to send in photos of their sexy selves wearing their favorite fall outfits. In case you didn’t know, fall is my favorite season. There are just so many great things that happen during the autumn months – Halloween, foliage, the anniversary of my birth (will furnish present wishlist upon request), pumpkin-flavored food products, apple picking, all the screaming kids outside my window going back to school, etc. But perhaps my favorite thing about the fall is the clothing. It’s time once again for flannel, blazers, cords, sweater vests, and all the other stuff that makes my heart soar and my wallet weep. If you prefer your fashion advice in numerical list format, check out my 10 Fall Must-Haves for the Style-Conscious Queer.
I must say, when I ask for help, you guys always come through in a big way. Without further ado, allow me to share all the mega-chic entries I received. It’s like our own little Fashion’s Night Out (emphasis on the “out”)!
Here’s Amy, looking colorful and relaxed in a tank and skirt, with a jacket thrown over her shoulder in a classic casually-fashionable pose. Amy writes: ” I live in the tropics, so there’s no fall here. But I do carry a linen jacket this time of year to put on when I go from chauffering mom to studio voice teacher. This is one of my favorite outfits.”
Then we have Angela, who is rocking the hell out of that trench, scarf, and fedora. Angela has an awesome story to tell about this outfit: “My favorite fall outfit this year took me by surprise. Last weekend, while at a small-town pride celebration in the midwest, I found this fantastic hat for one of my butches. Great pattern, a bit of sparkle – what could be better?! She wore it and looked damn hot all day long. The next morning, as a joke – I put on the hat (I never look good in them!) – and got a surprisingly enthusiastic response! My normally femme-alicious self was all of a sudden transformed…it was fun playing with a new persona in the hat! I put my long hair up, hat on – with dash of dangly earrings, scarf and a fun jacket….voila! New favorite fall outfit.”
Next up we have a butch-femme style two-for-one deal (don’t you just love a bargain?) with E and Amanda. Amanda gets an A+ for her essay: “This fall, we go back to school in style. E keeps it casual in well-fitting jeans and an easy, plaid button down. Her accessories – specs, watch, belt buckle – blend function and nerdy style in a way that says, “Yes, I’ve done my homework.” Amanda brings summer dresses and all eyes to the front of the classroom by donning leather boots, a denim jacket, and a hand-me-down scarf. We’re queering up the classroom in different ways, from different states.”
Last, but certainly not least, is Ashley, CEO and founder of Diffuse 5 and Boston’s unofficial Lesbian Wrangler. Ashley gets mondo points for combining an argyle sweater and a blazer, two of the greatest items of dyke clothing ever. Applause!
What an excellent and well-dressed collection of queerfolk, amirite? Thanks to all of you for sharing your style with the butch-femme webiverse!
As a bonus, I’ve thrown in a few shots of myself wearing some of my favorite fall items. Mine don’t look nearly as nice as the ones above, since my digital camera somehow died during the move, so all I had to use was my not-very-smart-when-it-comes-to-photography smartphone. Grainy pics, ahoy!
Here I am wearing one of my new(est) plaid shirts, bootcut jeans (skinny jeans = bad), a black tie (skinny ties = good), and a wool vest that I scored for $12 at Buffalo Exchange last week. Yes, that is a Dark Knight poster in the background.
Orange is the color of fall, people, and here I’ve managed to get it into my plaid AND my tie. Success. I’m also werqing a brown menswear fedora that still needs the perfect blazer/sportcoat to compliment it. That search continues…
My new greatest accessory: A wooden watch by Flud. I can’t wait to wear it while jumping into a big pile of leaves or chowing down on pumpkin pie.
Speaking of pie, here’s my lady modeling the newest addition to her fall wardrobe: a vintage-style apron. Yes, please.
Have a Happy Fall, everybody!