6.29.2016

Fashion and Fitness: What's Your Style?

Fashion and Fitness

I am not a fitness freak. In fact, I hate exercise. Until I started roller skating, I was completely averse to anything athletic or that might cause me to break a sweat. It's my one exception to the exercise rule, but thank goodness, because it's helped me to keep off the weight after surgery.

One of my favorite things about roller derby is the fashion. Not everyone who plays roller derby is into the fashion aspect, or dressing up, but it's certainly welcomed and even encouraged, so it's just yet another awesome part of roller derby that I love.

Even if you are not a roller skater (What's wrong with you?! Go out and get some skates!), you can use some of the basic components from derby to help create and inspire your own unique fitness fashion sense.

Let's start by checking out my typical roller derby gear (and fashion) set up:

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The first thing you might notice is that there sure is a lot of STUFF. And yep, that's true. I have a giant suitcase backpack to haul it all around in. I've done some posts in the past related to roller derby gear, and even to my own personal roller skates. So, if you're looking for specifics on my gear (including where to buy), please check out those posts for more info.

The outfit shown here is actually kind of on the tame side... depending on the day/weather (it's pretty hot out right now), I might switch out the capri pants for colorful tights and patterned booty shorts, like these from Derby Skinz. Also, colder weather means that I'm more likely to bust out my crazy patterned knee socks, too.

Some of my fashion choices are for, well, fashion. My knee pads are purple leopard, and my gaskets are purple. I buy sports bras in fun colors. My arm bands are embroidered in a pointy heavy metal-esque numerical font. But others are more functional. Tank tops/sleeveless shirts are super important for scrimmage, as your skater number needs to be visible to the refs. My low socks and capris are merely a fashion choice dictated by the hot weather.

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Are you interested in getting your own set of custom embroidered armbands? Check out my teammate, Pippi's shop on Etsy! That's where mine are from, and I love them! https://www.etsy.com/shop/CustomDerbyArmbands
You may be thinking, ok, this is cool, but how does it relate to non-derby fitness fashion? Well, here you go:

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I got this awesome Derby Grrrl tank in my Bout Betties subscription box!

If I was doing a fitness-related activity SANS all of my crazy derby gear, I might dress very similarly: still in a fun tank top and capris, but with some fun gym shoes instead of skates. Alternatively, I could wear my short shorts and colorful tights with a fun tank or tee for non-derby fashion, too. It really depends on your level of comfort. But it's super important to have fun with your style, even if it's just for fitness! You'll feel better about yourself and be more motivated to actually DO the thing if you know that you get to dress cute in order to do it.

PRO TIP: Did you know that you can buy "girl's" gym shoes and save a bunch of money? Nope, I do not have a ridiculously small shoe size. I wear a size 8. But I recently learned that a girl's size 6 = a women's size 8 and it's changed my world. Shoes are literally so much cheaper to buy! Plus, you can find cute styles quite a bit more easily.

The shoes I'm wearing in the photo above are on sale and available from Kohl's right now! Linky here. I do not try to spend a lot of money on my fitness fashion. I get a lot of my fitness wear at Target. Seriously. They have a nice section of workout wear for not a lot of bucks. I've also gotten a few pieces (surprisingly!) at Forever 21. But most of my tanks and tees come from my derby team merch, fun online shops like TeePublic, or in the case of the photo above, my Bout Betties subscription box!

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I recently became a brand ambassador for Bout Betties, which is a perfect match, really, because I blog and I skate. Also we both have the word "Betties" in our name. :)

I made an un-boxing/review video for my YouTube channel all about it, if you'd like to get more details:


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Hopefully this post has given you some ideas for using your favorite activities as inspiration for your fitness fashion style. Mine is roller derby. Do you have a different sport or athletic activity that inspires you?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.27.2016

Beating the Heat as a Summer Goth

Restyle Gothic Windows Skirt
skirt - Restyle via Trash Monkey / shoes - Dr Scholls via Zappos / shirt - Target / belt - Pinup Girl Clothing / sunglasses - SunglassSpot.com / lipstick - Motorhead by Kat Von D

When I did my OOTD blog post with my other Restyle skirt, it occurred to me that I never did photograph a proper outfit post with this one, my very first Restyle skirt - the "Gothic Windows" skirt. This is (yet again) one of those things that I saw online (likely Instagram or Pinterest) and I had an "OMG I HAVE TO HAVE THIS" type of moment. Only to discover that it wasn't available anymore on the Restyle website. Being the obsessive shopper that I am, I dug around and dug around until I finally found one via an Australian website called Trash Monkey.

The good news: I found one in my size!
The bad news: I had to pay shipping from Australia! :( Whomp whomp.

Not only did I love the window border motif, I love the ruffle bottom edge, which is unique to most of my full gathered skirts. It's way more goth/lolita, as opposed to mid-century/pinup. I welcomed a little change for once! It's nice to mix things up. :)

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I wore this outfit on a trip downtown to visit my brother at work. We took Iggy on his very first train ride, which was pretty fun. I love watching his reaction and wonder when we take him on new experiences - I get to re-live being a kid through his eyes!

It was hot out, as usual, so this t-shirt/circle skirt pairing with bare legs and arms worked well for beating the heat. I went with a pretty darn neutral/matchy-matchy combo by just wearing a black scoop-neck t-shirt with the skirt. I would be meeting some of my brother's co-workers, so I wasn't sure how a heavy metal t-shirt might go over... I decided to err on the side of more conservative just for the day.

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Being home for the summer is nice, but I do have to force myself to get up and get dressed each day if I don't have something to immediately do that day (like on this day). Otherwise, I think that I would honestly stay in my pajamas and be a slug. That's no good.

I've already gotten into the habit of coming home on days like this and changing from my skirt into PJ or yoga pants to hang out around the house. It's a blessing and a curse, really.

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Above: a close up of the gothic window border pattern on my skirt. It reminds me of the 1996 Romeo + Juliet/angel phase I went through. I had a collection of angel statues, a wrought iron bed with angels and mosquito netting canopy, and even a set of white feather wings that I wore for halloween, paired with a long white medieval-style nightdress to channel Claire Danes' Juliet character at the costume ball.

LOL, nerd.

So, technically, I've been using movies as fashion inspiration for quite some time now...!

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I'm discovering that it's not that hard to stay cool and beat the heat while maintaining your personal style. The trick is to keep it simple: less layers and accessories mean less things to make you sweaty or touch your skin when you're already feeling uncomfortable.

If you haven't already seen my previous post, check out Five Alternatives to Wearing Shorts in the Summer for more summer fashion options!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.25.2016

How to Use Your Favorite Movies as Fashion Inspiration

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera

Sometimes I watch a movie, tv series, read a book, or hear an album that I become really hooked on, and I'll walk around for days with a mental "filter" over my daily existence: I can't seem to forget it, and it's always in the back of my head. Have you ever had this experience?

One thing that I like to do when I get into this kind of "zone" is to use my favorite movies as a style guide to help direct what I might wear, and I think it's a good way to channel that energy into something productive and creative.

Here's an example of how I would use a movie as inspiration for personal style with one of my cult faves: Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's a musical/rock opera, which is normally something that I am NOT into. But the style is amazing steampunk/goth/victorian goodness.

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera
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Did you see that cast list?! Ogre (from Skinny Puppy), Paul Sorvino, Paris Hilton (??? - yes really!), singer Sarah Brightman, and Bill Moseley (of Rob Zombie film fame!). If you haven't seen this movie, I seriously recommend grabbing a bowl of popcorn and sitting down for some cheesy goth awesomeness.

The first time I watched the movie, I was acutely aware that it wasn't a "good" movie in the traditional sense... But I loved it anyways. It's hard to describe. I think I fell in love with the look of the film, and the romanticism aspects of the storyline.

Via IMDB: "A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however."
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The main character is named Shilo: "In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera." - via Lionsgate

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera
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Shilo is dressed in a hybrid goth/victorian/steampunk style, as are many of the other characters in the film. I love that she's not "Hot Topic"-goth, but instead a softer, feminine, more romantic goth. To achieve a Shilo-esque look, I would pair black skirts with ruffled tops in white or cream:

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera

The nice thing about this look is that a black skirt is a staple item that should be in your closet anyways! And even if you don't have a ruffled top, you can layer a plain white top with a ruffled/lacy collar, like the one shown above, to achieve the same sort of inspired look. You don't need to spend a lot to do this type of style. And if you're goth-inclined like me, you may even have all of this type of stuff in your closet already. :)

As accessories go, I would pair skirts and tops with more victorian-inspired shoes, like granny ankle boots, and a black doctor bag (extra bonus style points for the "doctor/surgeon" association!).

Dark makeup is a must. A smoky eye and dark lips would pair perfectly with this look, but you could also go with a younger, pink shade for the lips, too.

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera
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If this type of look isn't your style, that's cool. Find YOUR favorite movie, and choose overarching style/design themes, or focus in on one specific character to emulate. Don't create a "costume," or piece-for-piece reproduction of a certain character's look; if you do, you'll probably just look silly.
You just need to summon the essence of the style, the general feel of the subject.

In the case of the look above, I already dress in some similar styles (the skirt/top/jacket style), so it's not a stretch for me to wear something like what is pictured. If this look is "too much" for you, start by selecting just one piece, like a ruffled top or lace collar, and pair it with black pants or skinny jeans. This creates a "nod" to the style of the movie without completely jumping overboard.

Movie-inspired fashion isn't an all-or-nothing deal! Use it as a starting point to help accent the things that you already wear and are comfortable with.

What are your favorite movie fashions?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.22.2016

5 Easy Ways to Style a T-Shirt Dress

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

Last week, I showed you five different alternatives to wearing shorts in the summer, and one of my picks was the t-shirt dress. I mentioned that I loved it because it was so versatile, but then I thought that it would be kind of cool to actually SHOW you different options for styling a simple piece like a t-shirt dress.

The best part of this is that although I'm doing this in the summer, hence bare legs, this will easily translate into fall and winter months with the addition of tights and/or leggings. In fact, colored and patterned tights and leggings will give you even MORE options for styling! By the way, I recently started a whole new board on Pinterest devoted solely to leggings and tights. Worth a looky if you get a chance.

So, I mentioned this last week, but I actually own TWO very similar black t-shirt dresses, both from Target:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

Barefoot, for the full effect guys. No styling other than my make-up for the day. One dress is a short-sleeved version, and the other is a sleeveless tank style. In the colder months, you can find these dresses with long sleeves, or my personal fave, the 3/4 length sleeve version. Easy peasy to use these same tips on those styles as well!

Let's start simple, with option #1:

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A denim jacket and ballet flats.

Denim jackets can be found with a little digging and a little luck at your local thrift store. That's where I got mine! I even dyed mine (it was light blue) using black dye to make it super dark blue! Hey, this was a Levi's, so I couldn't pass it up. Want to customize your jacket kind of like mine? Check out this post I wrote a while back. Otherwise, go more conservative with a plain jacket. Just do you.

If you don't own plain black ballet flats, go do that now please. I'm literally wearing holes in mine, I wear them so much. I really should buy a second pair.

Ok, let's move on to look #2:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

Scarf and low heels.

I think I pictured this one as a more professional, work-appropriate look. Like, hey, it's hot as hell outside but I have to look kind of fancy? So be sure to pick a lightweight scarf. Since my dress is black, I can wear any darn scarf I feel like in any color or pattern.

Therefore, leopard. This was actually passed down to me from a friend, but scarves are another super-easy-to-score-while-thrifting item for not much moola!

My shoes are dark purple low-heeled Mary Janes from Chelsea Crew. I got them gently used via eBay.

Look #3 is pretty fun:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

I like this look because it's very "me." More retro, pinup-y sort of styling, via my spectator Chocolaticas and a handmade Hell Razor flower accessory.

I'm also wearing a cropped cardigan, obtained via thrifting (You might be yelling, "How do you find these?" at the screen right now. Well, I'll probably write a blog post about this soon, but I go thrifting every week on Sundays and dig through a lot of losers before I find the winners.) - I could have worn any color I wanted, but my flower was yellow and black (Chicago Outfit holla!) so I went with the yellow sweater.

Look #4 is my goth option:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

No, I'm not doing bad goth dancing here, but I was trying to show the detail on this lace jacket by raising my arms, with varied success.

I found this lace jacket at Target! I know, I was surprised, too. But what you can do with this style is sub the lace jacket for a kimono or crocheted coverup of some type. What I'm doing here is just kind of giving you the basic look... you can construct it and substitute it out any way you like with what you have available.

I like to wear long pendant-like necklaces when my outfits are more goth. This particular necklace is from Hvnter Gvtherer (I'm pretty sure it's no longer available), but I would sub any long pendant. A rosary necklace would be awesome here, too. And of course, I've got my fave black flats on.

Hey, we're on to look #5! I call this one the "regular girl":

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

I kind of think it's funny that I even own this necklace, it's so trendy mainstream. I even bought it at Charming Charlie's. I own it because I was wearing it to a job interview that never panned out last year (whomp whomp), and I had this internal belief that if I looked more "normal" I'd be a more appealing job candidate.

So, my story aside, t-shirt dresses are the perfect backdrop for a statement/bib necklace of any kind, really. You choose the style that fits you. And if you're more inclined to the "regular" girl style, that's cool, more power to ya. I don't mind.

I'm also wearing my Swedish Hasbeens (bought via Amazon... I don't see them anymore) that I "had" to have last year but I've not actually worn out for fear that they will kill my feet. I suspect they're too narrow for me anyways, but I'm not ready to let them go yet. They're hella cute. So if you can rock these, please do so in my honor.

Hey, so hopefully you've got some styling ideas for your t-shirt dresses now! Or, you didn't own one and now you're going to run out and get one... you're welcome. :)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.20.2016

It's A Two Year Dress-iversary Celebration!

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary
dress - Hell Bunny (via Amazon) / shoes - Hot Chocolate Designs (via Amazon) / cropped cardigan - thrifted / glasses - Coastal.com / "Goth" brooch - For The Love of Vintage / bat heart brooch - Kira's Lil Shop of Horror Etsy

I used to own this Hell Bunny bat dress. I wore it to my wedding vow renewal on my 5th anniversary in Las Vegas two years ago. Then, a month and a half later, I had weight loss surgery. I wore this dress again for my first pinup photo shoot, and we had to use industrial clips to stretch and hold the material back behind me for the photos. I never even brought the dress home. I left it at the shoot in exchange for additional prints.

I've always missed that dress.

So I re-bought it, but now many sizes smaller than before! To celebrate, and honor our wedding vow renewal (it was with Elvis, of course!), I wore this dress again on my wedding anniversary this year.

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary
June 13th, 2014 - My husband has quite literally stuck with me through thick and thin. He's the coolest. 

Not that I needed yet another bat-themed item, and the print actually looks very much like the material from my pink bat skirt... but this dress has sentimental value, and therefore, it needed to happen. You understand.

I do feel like it's a little bit long, so I may take it to the tailor's to have it shortened an inch or two. I know that the original dress was indeed taken up quite a bit, which makes sense but sucks when you're a short girl because the larger the dress, the longer it is. Therefore, more tailoring.

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary

Oh yeah, and this dress is a halter style, which means that unless I do something with the straps (I'm currently brainstorming on that front...), I'll always be wearing a sweater over it because bra straps. Also, halter tops are uncomfortable! Hey dress designers, knock it off with the halter nonsense! My neck hurts!

Detail of this sweet sweet bat print:

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Hey, I just remembered that I wore this dress (the original one) to Lisa's wedding in New York, too. Because Halloween. It was awesome. The dress and the wedding.

Accessory details: favorite glasses = Derek Cardigan via Coastal.com, and brooches via For The Love of Vintage and Kira's Lil Shop of Horror on Etsy.

BECAUSE MOAR BATS, THAT'S WHY.

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We celebrated our actual anniversary this year by going to the movies and seeing Captain America: Civil War. We took Iggy with, too, and he was really well-behaved and seemed to enjoy it and it wasn't too scary for him so everything worked out quite nicely.

I like swingy dresses and since this one is kind of extra long it was extra swingy:

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary

Have you ever re-bought a clothing item that you especially loved (and lost) in the past?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.18.2016

Are Vivid Hair Colors Right For You?

are vivid colors right for you?

I've had a lot of crazy hair colors over the years: red, pink, purple, blue, teal, and even bleached out blond! The color I kept the longest was purple, and it was kind of my signature. I was known for being "the teacher with the colorful hair." I even did a whole blog post back in 2013 about caring for vivid hair colors, which is still packed with great useful tips for present day. You can check out some examples of my past hair phases below:

are vivid colors right for you?

I started out with blue, which made me feel like a total Wonder Woman superhero! I had a short stint with red/pink (I hated how I felt like it limited my makeup options), but then jumped back to blue, and eventually went purple, which lasted for a really long time because I liked how it faded out the best. When I got tired of having purple for so long, I tried teal. The fade out was kind of green, not nearly as nice as the purple when it faded. I also had to custom mix my teal shade using green and blue dyes, where the purple was straight up from the tube. I always had my bleaching and initial dye done by a professional, but I would do the touch-ups on my own since it was needed so frequently!

Then one day I just decided to wipe it out completely, to just go all-black. I would guess that it was about the time I started seeing more and more students with colorful hair. I got that weird self-conscious "am I too old for this?" feeling, but then it snowballed with a feeling that vivid hair was becoming so mainstream that it didn't feel special to me anymore. And it was (is) a LOT of work to maintain.

...but I did miss it after a while. I decided that in lieu of vivid high-maintenance color, I'd just bleach out a chunk of bangs and have a blond shock, which is where I was recently:

are vivid colors right for you?

It took me a long time to get the chunk of hair grown out enough to get it fairly blond, because I've been dyeing it black for so many years (my natural color is med-dark brown, by the way, so it's not too different). For a long time, I just had a shock of lighter blond/reddish hair (see here)!

I've always kind of missed my vivid color a bit, but every time I thought about bringing it back, I would remind myself of how much of a hassle it is to maintain. Touch ups every 2-3 weeks! Washing in cold water! Washing my hair as little as possible... with my super sweaty roller derby practices in-between? Is that even possible?

Now that it's summer, I thought that it might be fun to try out something new, with the caveat that if I didn't like it, I'd just bleach it out completely later on. So I went ahead and ordered myself a bottle of Overtone conditioner in vibrant blue:

are vivid colors right for you?

Overtone conditioner is basically conditioner with a little bit of vivid hair dye mixed in. It's designed for people that already have vivid color - to use to help prevent fading, but you can use it on any hair really, with varying results.

The website even shows sample swatches of what you might expect if you use the conditioner on light-colored hair:

are vivid colors right for you?

I remembered Natalie mentioning something on Facebook I think about how she uses Overtone to make her black hair even blacker, and I thought that this was kind of genius. I wanted to try it, but my blond swatch? It'd turn blue... ish. The more I thought about it, the more I actually liked the idea.

After three washings (and therefore conditionings!), this is what I have:

are vivid colors right for you?

It's pretty cool. I like that I'm not afraid to wash my hair because my hair will lighten. I also like not having to reserve a Friday night to staying in so that I can walk around the house with dye-encrusted hair for hours.

Is the color "vibrant" blue? No. I honestly was going for more of a pastel-y, grayish blue, so I'm super happy with the results. I checked the pastel blue on the website and I knew it wouldn't be dark enough (I figured my hair was like the medium swatches), so I bought the "vibrant," knowing that it would actually turn out lighter.

Also, it didn't start out this color. After the very first use, it looked like this:

are vivid colors right for you?

So if your color seems to not be as saturated as you want after the very first wash, give it a couple of cycles because it'll change somewhat.

Now, I suppose I could go to full vivid hair dye and just use Overtone as a maintenance solution between touch ups, but I like this kind of subtle look. I think I'll keep this up through the summer, but probably strip it back to blond before the school year starts. I like the contrast of the blond vs black, but this is a fun temporary summer option.

are vivid colors right for you?

So, you now need to think: are vivid colors right for me? And if you're not ready for the full vivid commitment, how about something in-between, like Overtone as a temporary color option?

I can't decide for you, but I can share the experiences that I've had so that you can use them as a guide to make your own style choices. My best piece of advice would be that if you're thinking about it, and your employer won't fire you if you do it, then go ahead and take the leap!

Hair grows. Life is too short to wonder what it would be like to have fun hair.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.15.2016

5 Alternatives to Wearing Shorts in Summer

5 Alternatives to Shorts

I'm not a fan of wearing shorts.

It used to be a weird self-confidence thing, I didn't feel like I had the "body" to wear shorts (whatever that means - yeah, I know it's dumb). But now I'll regularly wear shorts, even short shorts, at roller derby practice. So obviously I'm not so freaked out about it anymore, right?

I dunno... I'm still not a super fan of shorts. I bought a pair this year (they're high-waisted sailor shorts by Pinup Girl Clothing), but I have yet to wear them. I guess I still feel weird in them, out in every-day non-roller-derby land.

But hot summer weather means that you have to wear shorts in order to not sweat your patootie off, right?

WRONG!

Here are five alternative options to wearing shorts in the hot weather while still staying cool and stylish. Full disclaimer: I typically wear spandex/"bike" shorts underneath my skirts, so technically, I'm wearing shorts? But I consider them to be more like insurance when I'm running around in potentially windy weather and chasing around after a 4-year-old.

1. Maxi Dress/Skirt
5 Alternatives to Shorts
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I am short. So maxi dress shopping is kind of sketchy for me, although I have seen actual maxi dresses in petite lengths, I think at Kohl's? What I usually do is just buy maxi dresses in inexpensive cotton from Target and hem it myself... even if I totally mess it up, I haven't spent a fortune, and it's a long dress so no one really notices anyways. Ha!

Seriously, my favorite maxi dresses have come from Target. Even when I was in plus-sizes, maxi dresses were super comfortable in the summer. And you always seem to look fancy when you wear them, like you've put forth way more effort into getting dressed than you actually did. So double score!

2. Cropped Pants
More often than not, you will find me in rolled-up denim + t-shirt in the summer months. I get wardrobe lazy! I'm especially loving the stretchy denim skinny styles (even Target sells a good pair for around $30) because they're comfy (hey there stretchy!) and pretty much always look cute.

In the photo above, I'm wearing my hi-top sneakers so that the denim almost touches the shoes, but one thing I love about denim is the ability to customize the length depending on how much I decide to roll them up. And your shoe choices are very wide. Go casual with sneakers (I love my Vans!), wear cute ballet flats to keep it dressier, or rock your favorite sandals! I'll even put on my combat boots with rolled up denim. It's all good.

3. Circle Skirts
5 Alternatives to Shorts
see original post here, and ignore the tights. You don't want to wear tights in warm weather. Unless of course, you are in a pinch and didn't shave your legs. And you don't mind being hot and having people ask all day about why you are wearing tights.
The best thing about circle skirts is that you get moderate coverage, they are generally flattering on most body types (if you care for such matters), and they're easy to pair with your favorite t-shirts, just like denim.

Although I've long professed my love for a petticoat, you can very easy go sans puffy skirt goodness in favor of less material on your lower half, which results in a cooler (from the literal temperature sense) outfit. The top photo is with a petticoat, and the photo below is without. Both work well, in my opinion!

5 Alternatives to Shorts
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4. T-shirt Dresses
5 Alternatives to Shorts

I own TWO t-shirt dresses, both from Target - one is a short sleeved style in all-black, and the second dress is a tank style, also in all-black (because of course).

Both dresses are easy to wear, forgiving in shape, comfortable, and way versatile to accessorize, depending on the occasion and the weather!

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If Target isn't your thing, here are some alternative options that you could purchase, pictured above, with links below:

5. Short, Casual Summer Dresses
5 Alternatives to Shorts
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"Summer" dresses are actually one of the easiest things to shop for at thrift stores. If you're lucky enough to have a Savers or other thrift store that puts items out by size, you just need to flip through the racks and select a handful to take back to the dressing room! I found the Hell Bunny skulls dress at my local Savers last summer (a super lucky find!), but I see tons of versatile and cute summer dresses on the rack weekly.

Seriously, like I need more dresses? Holding back (for me) is a good thing!

The above photo is the OOTD from my last most recent blog post. It's also a Hell Bunny dress, but with a little more coverage and sleeves than the spaghetti strap style below. So you can choose the level of coverage that you are most comfortable with. But it is so nice to wake up and choose ONE item from your closet and basically be done!

Dress? Yay! Done!

5 Alternatives to Shorts
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Now remember, I did tell you at the top of this post that I typically wear spandex shorts under all of my skirts. I highly recommend this method, but if you should choose to take your chances in favor of less layers in warm weather, I say go ahead - I'll cross my fingers and hope that you do not regret it later! :)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.13.2016

What I Wore: Hell Bunny Hot Weather Realness

Hot Weather Goth OOTD
dress - Hell Bunny via Cats Like Us / shoes - Dr. Scholl's via Zappos / purse - Amazon / sunglasses - SunglassSpot.com

We've had a couple of really hot days (and some really awesome nice weather days!) in the last couple of weeks, and getting dressed on really hot days feels like such a chore. I hate feeling uncomfortable, and many of my clothes are longer puffy skirts that I know will stick to my legs if I'm all sweaty, making me even more uncomfortable. I know, I know, first world problems.

So for today's OOTD I thought I'd show you a dress I actually hadn't featured on the blog before, but that I do really love and is a good option for hot days because it doesn't have a heavy skirt and lets me leave a lot of my pasty pale white skin to be exposed to the elements - which is often then covered in high SPF sunblock spray. Ha!

Hot Weather Goth OOTD

This dress is from Hell Bunny and is called the Agnes Doll Dress. I first saw it on Coffin Kitsch a way way while back and I immediately had to order it because I loved it. It's like Wednesday-Addams-meets-creepy-doll-awesomeness. That's kind of my life aesthetic, isn't it? So I bought it and I've had it for a while now, and I've actually worn it a bunch but just never photographed it for the blog!

In the winter, I had tights + cardigan over/under this dress (I think I even did black leggings under this dress, too), but the style is perfect for summer to just throw on and go. I do wear shorts under my dresses, though, so to me wearing a dress in the summer = shorts for anyone else. I actually own ONE pair of shorts (outside of my roller derby clothes) but I'm not sure they'll ever see the light of day this summer. I seriously feel out of sorts in them.

Hot Weather Goth OOTD

So you'll notice that I actually took my photos outside today! But Iggy was with me so he cannot stand to have me take photos without him being in several of them, plus a few individual photos. I always indulge him in this, but only used one here on this post. His hair is super shaggy and we actually got it cut the very next day, but he's four years old and he doesn't care either way. :)

Hot Weather Goth OOTD

I wore my SuglassSpot.com sunglasses on this day. Actually, most days that I wear sunglasses, they're one of my SunglassSpot.com pairs. $5! I think I might need to place another order soon, they have these awesome ones that are cat eye with rhinestones. Oooooohhhhh...

And my purse is one that Todd bought for me, I think via my Amazon wishlist, for Mother's Day. I had been online window shopping for a purse in this style, and I'm pretty sure I had bookmarked this one. It's inspired by the looks of a Jump From Paper design, but this one is an inexpensive alternative, I'm sure not nearly as nice. But I like it.

Hot Weather Goth OOTD

I feel like summer break is a good opportunity to do more OOTD challenges for the summer weather, since during the school year I can wear pretty much whatever since I'm trapped down in my basement classroom (with no windows, ha!) all day, but now I have to actually put up with weather and going out and about in real life for the next two months. Expect to see more jeans. :)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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