Allison M.

Thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and (oh yeah) dressing up from a full-time male who's a part-time female

Allison’s fashion summary (4/19/2015 edition)

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Rye and her “Mew-seum Visit” dress. Pretty cute, isn’t it? (image credit: ModCloth.com)

Just a couple of quick fashion tidbits I came across this weekend.  First off is an interview ModCloth.com had this month with Rye Silverman.  Rye is a standup comedienne, writer, and self-described “gender rebel” (that’s the term she uses on her blog) whose material includes honest perspectives on her life and being transgender.  She cites in her interview inspiration from Steve Martin and Phyllis Diller (for comedy) to Eddie Izzard and Ellen Degeneres (for self-acceptance and coming out).  Rye’s interview is enlightening not just for her TG background but for her fashion eye as well.  Rye considers her fashion style to be ever-evolving, but right now describes it as “a bit of a quirky or edgy twist on vintage.”  I would have to agree judging from her fashion choices; there are a lot of daring outfits that feature fun prints and quite noticeable touches of 50s/60s-inspired retro styles.  Some of the pieces from her selections that really caught my eye included:

  • This red, white, and plum dress with a plaid print, A-frame halter, and cute heart-shaped buttons.
  • A cute dress of 100% cotton with the cutest “portraitures” of fancy cats (that’s the dress Rye is sporting in the image on the right); it looks so purr-fect for any cat lover.
  • A few one-piece swimsuits with clear retro influences, among them this Bettie Page suit that looks ready to flatter any figure.
  • Several “Too Much Fun” dresses that, again, feature retro styles and influences; my favorite among them is this one in plum and petunias.
  • A few casual shirts that, as their name implies, look perfect for writing and blogging until the wee hours; this shirt looks the cutest with its coral-colored sleeves.

Rye sure has a great style, an inspiring background, and certainly a pretty awesome future.  Keep an eye out for her in your nearest fashion blog, comedy club, or MP3 player (she has a comedy album available for pre-order at Amazon, and even its cover gives off a retro flair).


Photo credit: TheKit.ca

Yeah, there’s just one photo featured at this link, but I think it’s the cutest.  The Canadian fashion publication The Kit features a regular “Street Style” feature: Call up a photographer, send them out on the street, have them spot someone sporting a fabulous fashion style, and ask if they could take the subject’s picture and post it online.  One stylish person captured by The Kit this week was Scarlet O’Neill, a photographer living in the Toronto area.  As shown above, she’s sporting a flowing, flowery dress from Lulu’s (here is something similar); a Madewell hat (similar to this one, perhaps?); and pairs them with a necklace, Free People boots (these, perhaps? Or even these?), and an awesome leather jacket.  The article’s sub-heading describes Scarlet’s ensemble as “a flower child look” that’s easy for anyone to adapt for a busy afternoon; Scarlet herself mentions her love of Free People’s bohemian chic and comfort.  I think they’re both right, since this outfit does have a sense of casual comfort, one that’s perfect for an afternoon get-together with friends or for crossing off your list of errands; plus, this is a nice early spring transitional outfit, one where the colors may be dark or muted but as a whole is well-suited for someone who’s ready to get out of winter’s icy grasp and welcome the warmer months.

Oh, I really need to give major kudos to the photography portfolio on Scarlet’s website; the images on display there are captivating and incredible.  Kudos as well as the fun pics on Scarlet’s Instagram page; let’s just say there’s something cute about a photo where a full-grown adult and an impressionable kid get together to make fart noises. *LOL*

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Author: Allison M.

Full-time middle-aged male. Long-time overworked office drone. Part-time female fashion plate. Amateur fashionista (emphasis on "amateur"). Admirer and supporter of those who are fashionable, fabulous, and friendly. A little bit silly. Absolutely nowhere near perverted. I am a real human being, just like you. Able to share thoughts about my life experiences, fashion sense, and the world at large despite middling grades in high school creative writing class (but at least I do look cute when I'm writing, so that has to count for something).

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