For part II of this trilogy, I’ve decided to be a little nostalgic with the styling. The first outfit for part I was vintage 70’s, this outfit is vintage Kelly-Lee, circa ’98. This is exactly something I would have worn as a kid. Tomboy to the core, it was always about jeans and tees.
I didn’t realize at the time that I was channeling a 70’s ‘California cool’ vibe with my flares and casual t-shirts. My parents, aunts, uncles, teachers were always commenting on my bells’; “those were popular when I was young”. I couldn’t appreciate fashion history as a kid even when I was wearing it. I also couldn’t appreciate how easy I had it.
While I enjoy the clothes, I wouldn’t want to relieve certain parts of 70’s, like the struggle women had to go through for equality. I realize the struggle isn’t exactly over, and in some parts of the world is only beginning, but I’ve been lucky. All you have to do is watch 1977’s Saturday Night Fever to realize how ass-backwards things were.
As a kid/teen/young adult, girls were always saying “I’m not some crazy feminist”, as if being associated with the word was a bad thing. Well, news flash: if you believe in equality, then you are a ‘crazy feminist’. It seems that I’m not the only one that thinks so and people are finally starting to speak up. For example, a year ago, Emma Watson stood in front of the U.N and the world when she spoke up for the HeForShe movement. Now it’s even cool for men to be feminist.
Regardless if you appreciate bell-bottoms or not, you have to appreciate what women before us went through. Show your gratitude by not shying away from the label ‘feminist’, instead wear it proudly, maybe even with a pair of flares.
– Dress like a feminist, act like a feminist – KL
White Chuck Taylors / Belt – Vintage