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The Overlooked Style Icon

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What I am about to explain to you needs no justification in my mind. I still feel the need to elaborate so that you might understand where I am coming from when I say what I am about to. I grew up on rock n’ roll. Although my family was more of the Jimmy Buffet and Randy Newman type, I hung around kids that were watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Rolling Stones’ Rock n’ Roll circus. Although I never outwardly dressed like my friends, in their tattered band shirts, ripped jeans, and scuffed shoes, I aesthetically enjoyed the style of all of my Joey Ramone doppelganger friends.

Flash forward several years and here I am. Still listening to much of the same music and knowing the words to every song because I’ve listened to them so many times and it never got old. The only main difference now is that I know more-so who I am. I’m not gritty or rough on the inside; I’m simply a feminine girl who happens to like all things gritty and rough looking. Some of the glamorized aspects of rock n’ roll are a little too much. The debauchery involved in the lifestyle is too much for me to appreciate, or even handle. I choose to admire from afar.

So what is all of this about? This is all about finding inspiration in the places where you would often overlook it. And by overlook, I mean Mick Jagger. When you mention the name, many millennials would simply respond with “who?”, everyone else is too busy either mocking his age or looking at what he is physically doing, not what he’s wearing.

Jagger’s style over the years has remained admirable. He’s been consistently consistent with what he wears, tight black jeans, a button up shirt, and the most important element of any one of his outfits, a killer blazer. Below, as on ode to none other than Mr. Jagger, I’ve compiled exactly what I would wear if I happened to be him.

 

Jagger worthy blazers:

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Where to get them:

1.  Balmain Striped Cropped Blazer

2. Roberto Cavalli One Button Silk Blazer

3. Balmain Woven Tailored Blazer – My FAVORITE!

4. Femme De Rose- Womens Tailored Blazer

5. Just Cavalli Printed Cotton-Twill Jacket

6. River Island White Contrast Collar Scuba Tux Blazer

Who’s your overlooked style icon?

Cheers,

Jillian Ouellette

 

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8 Reasons You Should Start Sewing Your Own Clothes

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Sewing is a thing of the past. The demand for fabric, patterns, and notions for sewing has seemed to decrease in availability in modern times. Giant department stores that once dedicated entire departments to such items would now look you would a dumb founded smirk and say “what exactly is it that you’re looking for?” if you were to ask now. I often hear my friends tell me how much they admire my sewing skills and the garments that I make, my reply is always the same thing; you can do it yourself too.

In order to justify my love and commitment to sewing and why I think that you should do it to, I created a list of some things that I find to be an incredibly important element to sewing for yourself.

1. You get to make a garment that only you have- Often when I am inspired to sew something, it’s because I see something at one of the many stores I enjoy shopping at. If I see something that outweighs the cost of sewing it, I’ll typically buy it, but aside from that, I don’t have many other excuses. I browse runway shows when available and admire from afar, but sewing our own clothes allows us to make a piece that no one else will likely ever have. For instance, my Banana Bustier Crop Top is inspired by Jason Wu’s Spring 2013 RTW collection, I just made it my own. Fabrics and patterns can all be customized to suit YOU.

2. You get to customize sizes to your size- If you go to the shopping and purchase something that a.) fits you every time and b.) you don’t need to pay to have tailored, you are a lucky gal or guy. We all have something that just doesn’t fit us when we purchase it. Mine happens to be pants, so in the end, I simply avoid buying them and make them instead.

3. Sewing is incredibly affordable in the long run- Fast fashion is fast. You wash it two or three times and it no longer has its shape. That means that it’s also cheaply made, but we do get what we pay for. While the initial costs of sewing can be pricey and some good quality fabric might make your jaw drop in cost, making a pair of wool gabardine pants, instead of purchasing 10 million pairs of cheap pants (I might be exaggerating) over 5 years outweighs the initial costs.

4. Your supporting smaller business- I love this about sewing; when you shop at the right places, you are a part of a chain that it directly supporting one another and helping each other learn and grow.

5. Sewing teaches patience- I’m not that patient of a person, but what I have learned through years of sewing is that sewing is a labor of love. Making one mistake requires that undoing of such mistake. Taking a partially sewing garment apart can often feel like pulling teeth, but it requires you to go the extra mile in order to get the job done right.

6. Sewing is a community- If you have a question, there’s always an answer. Communities such as BurdaStyle allow for you to engage other users and share your creations with other users. It is a source of inspiration and support, something we could all use a little bit of.

7. Sewing increases your observation skills- in order to do something right the first time, sewing requires that you pay attention in detail to what you are doing.

8. You get to wear something that you made- sewing is a product of yourself. Just wait until you get your first compliment and then you’ll want to keep going at it!

Ready to start now? Grab a sewing machine, getting a basic sewing pattern, buy some fabric, and share with me what you are making!

Happy sewing!

Cheers,

Jillian Ouellette

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Organized Messes

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Aside from being incredibly average in height, I find that I am still constantly wearing skirts that are really not built for a frame such as mine. The skirt above is a testament to such clothing- the Virgin de Guadalupe skirt. I made this skirt in order to acquire more of said unflattering-on-my-frame clothing and will probably continue doing so until I am publicly shamed into wearing only miniskirts and short-shorts to much my physical proportion (because that totally happens, right?).

I love this fabric.  I love this fabric so much that a made a matching bustier to go along with it: Virgin de Guadelupe Bustier Bra Top. The fabric used on this can be deemed as a bit “much,” but a bit much has never really hurt anyone. Yeah, right. Upon trying to envision what I could actually make with this fabric, I immediately thought that it would be almost impossible to pair it with anything other than a solid color. LIES! This fabric kills it with some cheetah print. You probably don’t believe, so I’ll just have to show you at a later time.

I actually was inspired to make this after seeing the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 RTW collection (seriously, I haven’t stopped thinking about it since laying eyes on it). I mean, chili pepper repeats on a bustier top and a midi skirt? It’s all so tropical, and I’m not a tropical girl. I’m a “busy city” vacation girl. But when I saw this collection, I thought to myself- Oh the places I would go in that- dive bars, class, or perhaps to a garage sale. After truly putting that into perspective, I decided just to make something somewhat close to it.

On a serious note, did you get the same feeling as me when you saw that? It’s beautiful.

A little more about the making of this skirt, I made this skirt with a pattern made by yours truly.  You can find similar ones by any pattern maker: Simplicity, Vogue etc. If you’re a beginner or new to this whole sewing thing, it’s probably one of the easiest things you could make for yourself. Another tip is to find a bottom of a dress pattern with a gathered skirt, and cut a long rectangle for the waist, add an extra inch to the total waist length for the zipper and there you have it, a skirt.

Last thing- I feel like I really hit the Japanese Purikura photo booth nail on the head with these photos. Black and white polka dots can really make a girl feel like a cartoon, along with a bun that is pretty much the size of my head.

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Crop top & sandals – Topshop, Skirt – Showboat Clothing

Cheers,

Jillian Ouellette

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Funny Feelings: Silk Kimonos

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There are many things on my ever-growing “Want List.” I have to be real with myself though: I’m a broke a** college student (wah! Poor me, right?) and will not be obtaining half of the things I really want, any time in the near future. But a girl can dream, right?

Because of this intense lust for the, slightly obtainable but still oh-so-far-away, objects of my desire, I put together a list of the ten million things on my wish list, within specific categories. This weeks- none other than vintage silk kimonos! Exactly what every girl wants, right? Right. I imagine myself twirling around in a circle in all of these bad boys- just like a real housewife of ATL – Gone with the Wind Fabulous.

But on a serious note, these garments are truly beautiful and the craftsmanship used to make such garments is unmatched to anything that can be store-bought now-a-days.  The material, one can assume, is top of the line, and even after years of wear, the colors are still vibrant and rich.

 

Would you rock one of these?

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Sewing with a Sense of Humor

I don’t want to use the term “as of late,” because this problem has been going on for quite some time now… I can’t stop purchasing food fabric and I can’t imagine it stopping anytime soon.

If you’ve looked at my Etsy store, Showboat Clothing, you might have seen this: Les Frites Bustier Bra Top. It’s gotten it’s fair share of recognition on Tumblr, and girls all over the world are wearing one with a “yeah, I’m wearing French fry attitude,” (because that is a totally normal attitude, right?). But aside from the bustier, I keep managing to take it a step further. Evidence A: French fry shorts.

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Now, this might all seem a little silly to you, that’s because it is. In the best way possible, of course.  Why did I decide to make a pair of high-waisted tap shorts? Aside from a killer fabric pattern, they have a sense of humor, and most importantly, they have character.  Every time I wear something as interesting as these bad boys, people can’t help but talk about them with me. Even the ice cream sandwich bandeau I made for my friend can come off as silly, but incredibly original.

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The responses towards the use of such fabrics for garments has been up and down, especially on the internet where people tend to be a little more critical and have an opinion about E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  When people say “is it weird that I want to wear this?”, the automatic response I think to myself is “why the hell would that be weird?” That’s the beauty of clothes, you get to identify with whatever you feel suits you best. Whether it be a polka dot skirt or an ice cream sandwich bandeau, it is uniquely you and uniquely a reflection of your personality. The clothes I choose to make stems from the fact that the world can be a harsh place and that people have a tendency to be a bit cynical, French fry shorts are just an opportunity to make yourself smile in an outrageous fashion. Besides, where else are you going to find something as wild unless you sew it yourself?

How do your clothes reflect your personality?

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Who is the Showboat Clothing Girl?

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I’d like to be able to say that Showboat Clothing is a direct extension of myself. While I believe this sincerely, there is definitely as less shallow aspect, and a lot more to it.  I started sewing and selling the garments I make for a simple reason; because I believe in them. I think that a girl has the power to dictate her self-image to others and herself, simply through what she wears. Confidence and personality can all be translated through a simple piece of clothing, but there is one issue, fashion is fast. Literally. We all know that it changes and shifts all the time and what we have access to is cheap and likely won’t last through more than two washes.

This is where the concept behind Showboat Clothing comes into play. While the cost of an item won’t be the same as a big box retailer, each piece is hand-made with the care that is often overlooked by many larger companies.  That’s what I love about the Showboat Clothing girl, they genuinely love owning a piece of clothing that they will keep for several years to come and every time they wear it, they’ll love it even more.

This girl is a trendsetter. She understands that taking risks in life is vital to their success in everything from their career, to fashion. The Showboat Clothing girl is on it. Quite frankly, they’re the bad ass who understands that you are what you wear. They just happen to wear the coolest stuff ever.

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