I'm sorry I'm doing so many of these literary themed posts but I've been going through books from high school for a few days and it reminds me of passages that I love and so I start reading and then that turns into "that reminds me of (insert name) A/W 2010 collection" and then I can't think of anything else and they're addictive. I hope people don't mind. That said, we had to read a large amount of Virginia Woolf in school, in senior year it was To the Lighthouse and A Room of One's Own. The second I picked up A Room of One's Own, I remembered that not only is it all about androgyny but also that I bought two copies at the time and the one I was holding was covered in annotations. So I started looking through the annotated copy and came upon this gem of a passage. It didn't really fit with most of the ones I've posted since it isn't explicitly about clothing but it's still well-worded beautiful inspiration. And who doesn't love a bit of androgyny?
"It is fatal to be a man or a woman pure and simple; one must be woman-manly or man-womanly. It is fatal for a woman to lay the least stress on any grievance; to plead even with justice in any cause; in any way speak consciously as a woman. And fatal is no figure of speech; for anything written with that conscious bias is doomed to death. It ceases to be fertilised."
- A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf, 1929
By columns, from left to right: Zara Lookbook: Crossed Checked Blazer ($129), Blucher with Flap ($149); ASOS MANOMAN Leather Buckle Lace Up Flat Shoes ($109.53); Salvatore Ferragamo "Nearly" Driving Loafers ($312); Nine West Stavo ($69); Tod's Heaven Lacetto ($425); G-Star Roll Sleeve Stripe Linen Mix Shirt ($126.38); Zara Lookbook: Short Cross-Over Blazer ($79.90); Mango Paperbag Waist Trousers ($75.66), ASOS Retro Style Oversized Face Metal Strap Watch ($37.07), Fred Perry Chino Trousers ($134.80).
So go and dress like a man! Because according to Virginia Woolf you'll never achieve anything if you're just a woman. Not vouching for that but you'll certainly look fantastic with some of the menswear pieces! I bought a blazer at Zara recently and I can barely bear taking it off.
Also, I know La Roux is totally over-used when it comes to talking about androgynous style but she's over-used for a reason. She's just so perfect!
And FNO in Georgetown was lots of fun! The weather was perfect, there were lots of people out and it's was an amazing atmosphere!
Thanks to last.fm, Piperlime, Neiman Marcus, Bluefly, ASOS, and Zara for the images. Collage by me.