You know, the last word in my blog title. "Eccentric".
Most of the time what i wear isn't really all THAT out of the ordinary. I get occasional stares, smiles, and comments, but on the whole i don't feel self-conscious about how i look or present myself.
But there are times when i realize that what i'm wearing, how i choose to present myself, is stepping pretty far outside the bounds of the 'accepted' or expected. Like, when i was in my youth, wearing my earrings made of V-8 labels, my ultra-suede fringe pants, my black silk noil pannier skirt. This outfit 'goes there' as well.
|Jan Vermeer 'Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window'|
|Jan Vermeer 'The Milkmaid'|
The only way to get that shape of skirt, where the bodice bursts out of the skirts like a crocus out of the snow in spring, is to wear a bum roll, farthingale, or bustle. Bustles give you a very distinct look which has very little to do with how a person's backside is shaped - you get a jutting out right below the waist.
along the lines of this pattern. (I designed them both for my own preferences, since i don't use them for historical reproduction.) I love the way it shapes the skirt and gives it a completely different presence.
So now you know a woman in 2010 USA who actually goes out of her way to ADD bulk to her hips/backside. The "E" word is in my blog title for a reason.....do any of you 'go there' in how you present yourselves? How much does the "E" word apply to you?
Wrap Cardi: Nine West
Jacket: own design
Blouse: made myself using Europa Pattern by La Fred
Skirt: Susan Bristol, gift
Tights: Hanna Andersson
Boots: Maine Woods