Slut

Between the ages of 13 and 19 (with a brief break during 16) I really nailed slutty. I am so proud of what I accomplished back then and I wish there were a million photos to prove it. Oh to grow up in the age of Instagram. I wore really tight Levis, a white little boy’s tank top from Hanes, a black bra, Chucks, and a ton of black eyeliner. This is objectively a great outfit. I can’t remember what I wore in the winter, but I bet it was super not-warm.

I don’t even know what a slutty 30 year old looks like, but I think this is something I would investigate. Dressing appropriately for work, hiding one’s body, and trying to make my facial features not disappear into my skin takes so much effort that I I rarely think “how could I really push the edges of good taste.” But I want to!

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From Nasty Gal

I am so lost that I visited Nasty Gal to get a better sense of how slutty clothes look right now. Good news: Rihanna seems to be the primary influence on new slut fashion. If this is all third wave feminism has given us, I think I’m on board.

But how to take these lessons and apply them to one’s life. I bought a Rimmel matte red lipstick for $5 and wore it with no other makeup than mascara. It helped a little. But it also felt like a cop-out. I think that really embracing sluttyness is going to take a more Lena Dunham like spirit, in which you stop caring about “flattering” your imperfect body. I particularly like all the weird stuff that she has been wearing on her book tour.
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I think that there is a dangerous undercurrent to the idea of a uniform (a trap I fall into all the time). Or to learning how to dress like a “grown ass lady” (a concept that I have promoted). I want out. I want to make people mildly uncomfortable with my self presentation. The sad thing is I don’t even remember how to do this anymore.

-D

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One thought on “Slut

  1. This is a great time in your life to push boundaries, because you can experiment with making people uncomfortable with little to no professional consequences. I am excited vicariously that you get to do this. Also, there has to be at least ONE picture of your monochromatic slut get-up.

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