July 4, 2012

Jean Genie


I am wearing what Americans dubbed as the Canadian tuxedo... which is very amusing, because I'm Canadian and I call it an American tuxedo! It's not even a popular look where I live, but I have never visited other provinces of Canada, so perhaps I'm a little biased. It is well-known that Quebec is very different from the anglophone provinces in terms of culture and beliefs... But traditional fashion? Maybe! 

One time, I was discussing sartorial and cultural cliches with a French friend and he said that he pictured Canadians as cowboys in denim suits and boots and Quebecois as lumberjacks in plaid flannels and beaver hats (thanks, dude! how about your thin 'stache, breton stripes and underarm baguette?). I had the same conversation with my Mexican friend Gustavo and he also mentioned the beaver hat. Funny! 

I think those cliches are really fun to draw inspiration from. Here, I gave the cowboy tux a modern and very feminine makeover. The key to avoid looking costume-y is pairing elements from different influences. The neon yellow pumps are a bit reminiscent of the 80's, the bag has a vintage-y tropical look and the crochet vest adds a little hippie-ness to this outfit. Cliche? Avoided!




Shirt: H&M // Vest: eBay // Jeans: Streetwear Society // Heels and bag: Aldo

Bonus denim suit picture from unknown source:
A lot, Mr. Gosling!
David Bowie - The Jean Genie


7 comments:

  1. haha sorry but Ryan looks way lot better than you in denim, but you still look cute what a great way to give a different feeling by adding neon pumps and the crochet vest <3 the bag is so pretty!

    love!
    Sabrilett's Armoire

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    1. Haha! It's Ryan, after all! ;)

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  2. I love your outfit ♥ It's so cute!

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  3. Those pumps look so good, and so does Ryan, haha!

    http://safiya-marie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Wow, this is really lovely outfit, the shoes fits you perfectly~!
    Saw you at LB and found a lot of inspiring outfits and posts here in your blog,
    and I thought that it would be great to have so lovely girl among my followers and be your follower also~!
    Just drop the message in my blog if you like the idea~
    Happy blogging~!


    Olga
    http://www.myblondegal.com/
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  5. Hah! Too funny... :) It's definitely Stampede-worthy - that time of year in Calgary is too funny when everybody pulls out the denim and hats. lol. I *love* the shoes wit the jeans!

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  6. Oh I have the same fruit bag, bought in london !

    Love your blog :)

    Mélodie

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