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January By the Numbers Six: Swishy Skirts

January by the numbers continues~
From [personal profile] anke‘s prompt “Swishy skirts;” a blog post

This one has to be another blog post, it just calls to me too much.

I once had a boss’s boss (the Dean, to be specific) call me nunnish. Me. I have not gone through some sort of huge personality change; that was me as started writing Addergoole as what was supposed to be bondage-and-d/s porn. I wasn’t nunnish then, I’m not nunnish now.

But I love skirts that hit my ankles or, better yet, nearly the floor. I love layers of skirts, and have gotten positive comments more than a few times from co-workers for the nice “layered look” of my skirt, only to have them be rather surprised that it’s just two thin maxi skirts layered to make one warm pretty skirt.

I remember being teased in middle school for looking like “Little House on the Prairie.” Okay, granted, I was teased in middle school (in my district, this was 6th-8th grade, ages 12-15, or the most awful, horrible awkward years I can ever remember existing) for just about everything. But the skirts were definitely up there.

Didn’t stop me. There’s a picture of me at my 18th birthday party (writing this now, it seems unlikely I was ever 18), and I am wearing what had to be my favorite swishy skirt ever. My mom bought it for me from one of the Hippy Stores on Hippy Row (Monroe Avenue, downtown Rochester, at a point when it was head shops, hemp-clothing stores, tie-dye and organic recycled shoes), tier after tier after tier of super-thin patterned rayon. I wore that thing until every seam in the bottom 6 tiers had ripped out at least a little, and just tied knots in them to keep them from dragging on the floor.

If you handed me that skirt, new (in my size) today, I would wear it till the seams all ripped out again. Swishy skirts are my thing. They’re as much a part of me as writing.

Bonus: three of them layered over leggings is way warmer than jeans. And I get a kick out of walking for firewood in my carhart, barn gloves, and skirts to my ankles.

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Wish List – clothes to fill out my wardrobe – for my own edification

Wish List Clothes
Things I should look for whilst shopping

Tops, no-tucking:
* Black short or 3/4 and long sleeved

3/4 or short sleeves
* to go with wheat pants
* to go with blue pants

One to three bright short-or-3/4-sleeved shirt, may be one of the above shirts.


Black skirt, long
Black skirt, short, straight.

Blazers or structured cardigans, esp. see pants above.

Something navy in re. bottoms.

Open-toe nice shoes

The Perfect Mary Janes, Black

Scarves? To match things.

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New Wardrobe! Stuff I bought yesterday with the help of Freosan & T.

I got three pair of Basic Dress Pants in black, grey, wheat. (same exact pant)
I got a cute dress that will be cuter when I lose 10 lbs but is pretty cute now
I got a nice little sleeveless shirt I have to figure out how to tuck in.
and and
a “ballet cardigan” which is one that comes to the waist and then ties, no buttons.
and a nice scoop-neck shirt.
and a couple plain shirts.
also, a bottle of wine for my soon-to-be-former boss-boss, a bottle of wine for my Awesome Reference co-worker, & 2 bottles of wine for my wine cellar.

Good haul!

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My Aesthetic is… vooooom swissh?

Well, looking through my mental wish list, my pinterest “clothes” file, and the stuff I have on my to-sew…

Sort of like, um. Prairie waif? Goth-with-colors? Knit amish hippy?

layers of tissue-thin shirts, often with too-big necklines and def. with sleeves over my hands, down to my hips, over skirts that are fitted or fittedish to the knees and then SWISH out in a pile of petticoats.

If I had Meentik unutu (and huamu) that is what I would look like every day. Except the days I wore those shirts or loose shirts that go swish over jeans.

Yeah, my mental images never include shoes, either. Too bad I live in the frozen north.

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Butch Clothing/Dressing/Tuxes/Suits links

I had reason today to spend some time googling tuxedos for female-bodied people in weddings, which ended up with looking at a lot of butch fashion sites. Some links shared here because I found the array interesting.

Butch Wonders’ list of clothing designed for butches – http://www.butchwonders.com/blog/clothes-designed-for-butches-yes-really The whole blog is nice, too.

Lesbian Weddings on Tumblr – http://lesbian-weddings.tumblr.com/ – speaks for itself

Offbeat Bride’s article on “Wedding suits for butches, transmasculine beings, and other festive gender-benders” http://offbeatbride.com/2009/07/butch-wedding-suits

The Butch Clothing Company – http://thebutchclothingcompany.co.uk/ – exactly what it says on the tin

Bindle & Keep’s women’s wear – http://www.bindleandkeep.com/women/

http://www.hertuxedo.com/ – another ‘what it says on the tin’

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Stair Sprints, Personal appearance, and Firewood!

I recently posted my resolutions for 2013.

In keeping with the New, Improved Lyn, I have been doing sprints of the stairs at work on lunch.

My cardio fitness is pretty… unfit, really. So stairs are hard. But it’s gratifying to find out that they get easier every day. Just another minute a day, every work day (with some backtracking on Mondays, so it’s like:
9-10 (this part is presumed; I started last Wednesday).

Not only does this burn calories and warm me up (two things I need at this job!), but it’s helping me get in shape for this (Buttermilk Falls)

and these (Taughannock Falls)

and these (Robert H. Treman State Park)

and these (Watkins Glen State Park).

In other news, I’ve been thinking about my wardrobe. One of the things I want to do this year that I forgot to put on the list was – pick one outfit that really looks the way I want to look, and make it happen, buy, sew, whathaveyou.

I’m also trying (one day and not posted so far) to take pictures of my current outfits, in both vanity and to encourage myself not to keep wearing the same 8 outfits. Both ideas kind of spurred by The Uniform Project.

In completely other news, have I mentioned how happy having a giant pile of wood behind my garage makes me? It’s like… totally non-liquid assets. Solid assets. Security. It fills me with warmth.

And then it fills me with warmth splitting it, hauling it, and stacking it.

And then it fills me with warmth in the wood-burning stove.

And then emptying the ashes.

Isn’t that awesome?


What about you? What will make you life better?
What fills you with warmth?
What makes you more the you that you want to be?

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