Let Me See That Sarong

Thursday, August 21, 2014



"Ooh dat skirt so scandalous...." Well, not really. Sarongs are worn by both men and women in many other parts of the world (and have been for centuries). Only in the western world do we think of sarongs as those 'exotic' candy-colored, sheer things women tie on to get from their hotel room to the pool without flashing their 'problem areas.' On a side note, it's no wonder the female lower body is referred to in hushed terms like 'my problem area' when there are songs out there with brilliant lyrics like,"she had dumps like a truck, truck, truck and thighs like what, what, what..." (Sisquo, you are the musician of my dystopian feminist hell). Anyway, from a mail-order lingerie and swimsuit catalog's point-of-view, the sarong's versatile ability to reveal, yet conceal makes it quite the alluring swimsuit accessory indeed. Wait. Swimsuit, accessory? This is getting much too complicated. I think I'll just wear the hotel towel to cover up my dump truck butt in the elevator....and buy a sarong-inspired skirt because it looks cool. Sigh....Do you ever long for a simpler way?


 Sir Thomas More wrote his novel, Utopia in 1516. It was about More's vision of an ideal society. Just about every writer since, from the Marquis de Sade to Lois Lowry has tried their version of Utopia on for size. Law, religion and women's roles vary drastically, but only one thing is universal. One man's utopia is another's dystopia. I'm not going to get all political because this is neither the time nor the place, but what about fashion? Have you ever considered what your fashion utopia looks like? Probably not, but I have. My fashion utopia lies in the costumes portrayed in dystopian society films. The dystopian society in Mad Max for instance; I can't get enough of the gritty, post-apocalyptic look. I think what truly appeals to me about dystopian fashion is how functional and secondary it is to the main goal, survival. But, that is not say that each article of clothing wasn't carefully chosen, because it was. Dystopian clothing is clothing with a purpose, like the color palette is designed to blend with the natural habitat...or to reflect the heat of the sun away, minimize dirt in a landscape prone to dust storms, protect the wearer from road rash or zombie bites...You know, useful stuff, but through a film production designer's lens so it also looks cool. Utopias are important to help clarify what is important to us. I think what my fashion utopia tells me is that clothing should enhance our experience and our ability to perform our jobs and hobbies so that we can truly live. That's all I really want from fashion...to look cool AND go on all kinds of scouting adventures with my photographer/cinematographer husband. 








I'm wearing a sarong-inspired skirt by Free People in a dour-colored jersey fabric. I paired it with my favorite slubby linen t-shirt from J.Crew, some studded sandals and my favorite pair of Chanel sunnies that Mr. Franzos gave me when we were dating. The look is perfect for the Utopia of summer vacation living, and also perfect for the office (Just switch out the sandals for some ankle boots and a moto jacket to amp up the Mad Max/Road Warrior vibe). I topped this look off with a mid-century copper bracelet and my favorite NSFW necklace made from a salvaged old nudie pen (you know, where the bathing suit disappears and reveals a nude female body). I also have male nudie pen that I will use to make cheeky jewelry in a later DIY post. (I'm all about equal sexual objectification).




Speaking of cheeks, this skirt is jersey and machine washable and fabulous, but it is wont to show panty lines.... Soooo, I recommend wearing a............ummm.............. crap......
I just totally blanked. What are those called? I can't believe I can't think of it....damn. What a time to forget a word! this is so embarrassing....I mean, Sisquo wrote a grammy nominated song about it in 1999 and I can't think of it.....This is going to drive me insane!...I'm so sorry. Dear reader, if you can think of this essential undergarment that discourages panty lines, make sure you repeat it four and half times in the comments below. 



Your Bosom Friend From Pittsburgh,




What I wore: Linen T-shirt: J.Crew, Similar. Sarong: Free People, $ similar here and $$ here. Studded sandals: DSW, similar here. Sunnies: Chanel. Necklace: homemade NSFW necklace...(a DIY blog post coming soon!) Bracelet: Mid-century copper bracelet, search etsy here.



32 comments :

  1. Gahh!!! Thong, thong, thong, tttthhhooonnnnggg!
    I've decided you need to help me get out of my mom-gear. I just ordered some pants from Athleta because they wouldn't show dirt while I'm tying 13 sets of little soccer cleats and will repel rain in the middle of a Saturday morning tournament. I feel like I should be taking more from Mad Max and less from Bend It Like Beckham.

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    1. Thank you Ashleigh:) You totally made my day. I really like athleta.Their designers are really starting to get it. I got a pair of slouchy black crop pants that I love because dog hair doesn't get woven into the core of the fabric. I do like lululemon, their designs are great, but their patented fabric is like a dog hair magnet.

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  2. Love love love it !!! This jersey skirt looks amazing on you, and love the simple yet styling pairing !

    You look stunning !

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

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    1. Aw thanks Caroline! congrats on your closet interview, that's pretty awesome and exciting:)

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  3. Lovely post.

    Lots of love.
    www.NataliaBosch.com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Natalia. I look forward to reading your blog.

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    1. Hey Babe! Hope Miss Pongo starts to feel better.

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  5. i love your necklace! so unique!
    mind to follow each other? ^^

    http://www.twinklelittleheels.com

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    1. Hi Wenny. Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog!

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    1. Hi Gabrielle! thank you and welcome. I can't wait to check out your blog:)

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  7. I love your outfit and the pictures are wonderful! Great blog!

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    1. Hi! Thank you for reading:) I love your blog.

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  8. I love this post :)Your style is amazing!
    Keep in touch xoxo

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  9. That sarong-inspired skirt looks super comfortable! Perfect outfit for beachwear, really lovely setting as well!

    Raissa | http://theleatherfannypack.com

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    1. Hey Raissa! thanks for reading. I enjoy your blog so much:)

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  10. joli look!

    Nouveau post en ligne sur le blog !
    http://fashioneiric.blogspot.com

    Coline ♥

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  11. Tes bijoux, spécialement le bracelet est vraiment à tomber!
    gros bisous, les2brunes.blogspot.fr :)

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    1. Bonjour Valentine! thank you for reading and commenting. Merci!

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  12. oh wow this look is amazing
    i like the Location so much <3
    and the necklaces are amazing

    Hope you may visit my blog,too
    Your Amely Rose from:
    http://thebizarrebirdcage.blogspot.de/

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    1. thanks for stopping by Amely. Your blog is fantastic:)

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  13. Hey, I'm all about equal sexual objectification too! Ha! Always a pleasure to read your blog.

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  14. you look great. love the sandals

    itsjustshalay.blogspot.com

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  15. Could that word be "thong" lol. Great read and I also like sarongs.
    www.ubetterwork.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Nadia! It is indeed. Thong, thathong thong thong!

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