Thursday, January 16, 2014

Philosopho-psych

cream cropped cardigan, blue handkerchief dress, black fishnets - OOTD 1/15/2014

Fishnets are an interesting thing.

I often say that one of the reasons why I like fashion so much is that clothes encompass both art and utility (as do pottery, architecture, etc). But clearly that's not the whole of it. Items like these stockings--or jewelry, for that matter--only have value in terms of aesthetics. Wearing them may further some social purpose, but it doesn't perform a material function.

That is an opaque way to put it. Allow me to rephrase: I like how these stockings look, and I relish the disconnect between their ~naughty~ reputation and my homey style. But fishnets aren't doing anything to keep me warm.

Even if I ignore the mystery of what makes something visually pleasing, I am still left to wonder: why is it so enjoyable that fishnets are incongruous with my current persona? Perhaps it makes me feel powerful to be able to influence people's impressions of me, or at least perceive myself as doing so.

cream cropped cardigan, blue handkerchief dress, black fishnets - OOTD 1/15/2014

Anyway... I should pose in front of the woodshed more often. It was a bit breezy today, as you can see.

sepia Victorian boudoir pendant - OOTD 1/15/2014

18 comments :

  1. That necklace is such a pretty piece! I love the unexpected twist the fishnets give to your outfit :-)

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  2. Love the backdrop & your necklace is gorge :)
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :)
    Love Emma xx

    www.collagemepretty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Business on top, party on the bottom! (Hope you like my sense of humor.) >_>
    I think it's cute how you paired the delicate knit white top with black fishnets. It's these unexpected pairings that I love about your style.
    There are other things too that serve no real purpose but are completely for the looks of it... like painting nails. If it makes you feel good about yourself, then it serves a purpose, does it not? :)

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    1. LOL, like an outfit mullet! Perfect.

      I agree that the feeling makes it worth it.

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  4. Heh, my one problem with fishnets is that they're draughty too! :-D I love the dress and the necklace!

    I think, when paired with an outfit that otherwise leans 'pretty/cute', fishnets add sort of a grunge edge that adds texture to the whole look. I like crochet tights for the same reason!

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  5. This dress is super cute and I love the fishnets on you! I have never been bold enough to wear them without colorful tights underneath, they simply feel too racy for me. Envious of all girls that can rock them!

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  6. The tights look awesome on you! I tried fishnets on once to try and go for a sexy look but it ended up looking really, really bad. They also made my already larger legs look even larger so its a no-go for me!

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    1. Aw, bummer! Maybe you'll give them another try at some point and like them better.

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  7. The fishnets are so incongruent, they're startling. Definitely unexpected. Fishnets have their reputation because many of the smaller nets create an optical illusion which is hypnotic. Sexy.

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    1. Interesting! I didn't know that. Something to slip on my lengthy list of possible post topics: history of fishnets.

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  8. Love the patterns on that dress! <3

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  9. I love the unexpectedness of seeing you in fishnets. I think you're right in that they do tend to have naughty connotations, which is why utilizing them for everyday fashion is bold. Loving it!

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