Tag: essay

on nickel + allergies + the unfortunate combination of the two

What happens when you develop a physical intolerance to your wardrobe? On bondage gear fate and hopeless metal sensitivities, a taste of my latest piece, “Allergic to Fashion,” on the Style Con: “It appeared that my nickel allergy was (quite literally) itching to thwart my accessory style, namely my bondage gear, cc: harness collection, and hence, debilitating my layering game. But what does a fiend do in such an, okay, less literal bind when it...

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[in]security and [in]sensitivity // a test drive

I publicly shared my first notable experience of fashion bullying following the first outing of one particularly attention mongering look a mere two months ago, and I type before you today, sharing the more prolific teasing of the apparently comical combination of crushed Comme des Garcons and CitiBikes, because 1) I found the experience somewhat transcendental, and 2) there is endless entertainment in laughing with/at my [many] pitfalls. Hence, in tragic hyperbole, let us recount...

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look ma, no bra

Say it with me: “training bra.” Like “panties” and “nipple,” it may send chills down your spine, but for me, a lifelong 32A with microscopic hope of ever claiming cleavage in the form of jugs/yabbos/boobs, it’s a term I refer to fondly, reminiscent of a time when I still expected to become a 34B, biding my preteen time with little more than mosquito bites and GapKids triangle cotton bras in bubbly hues like sky and...

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the long and the short of it // a woman and her hair

It’s no exaggeration to say that nearly all of [XY-branded] Gen Y is cutting off their hair. Not just dip-dyeing it blue or plying it into top knots, but full-on, straight-up chopping off their locks, and not in the charitable love variety. This is hard and fast anthropological data, folks, culled raw from my Manhattan meandering and daily Instagram stalking. And my keen eye, honed by Guido Palau appreciation and regular carrot consumption, recognizing this...

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