Aussie Curves: Feminine

So, as is usual, when a new Aussie Curves theme rolls around I do a lot of thinking about the theme and how I might interpret it.. I have to be honest with you, the more I thought about this one, the madder I got. 

What is "Feminine"? What's a "feminine look?" Whenever I have heard this word used, especially in regards to fashion - it's usually all about how men think women ought to look (and be) and not really much about how women themselves want to be. Be quiet, be demure, wear florals, and pearls, and high heels that make you less able to run away. Be grateful for earning less and getting beat up more - yeah, thanks but no thanks. 

The word "feminine" doesn't really resonate with me - but "Femme" definitely does.. "Hard Femme" even more.  What's "hard femme", you say? Well, I liked this definition from the author of the hardfemmemusic tumblr a lot: 

To me, it is taking the traditionally “feminine” and re-creating it in your own way. It is taking leather and massive metal studs to that flowery summer dress. It is kicking patriarchy’s ass and leaving a big lipstick mark on the remains as you walk away in towering heels. It is being sexy, knowing it, and making no apologies. It is glamour, colours, leather, lace and the underlying threat of violence if you dare suppress us in any way.


So, here I am, perhaps not "feminine" but definitely femme. I am wearing a long sleeved hoodie that never fails to make me smile. I'm not a socialist but this is was just too funny not to add to my wardrobe. Here's what it says:


I could explain the joke to you, but I'd have to charge. 

The red shrug and the animal print skirt are both from City Chic. My Autograph boots are just the thing for stomping the patriarchy, and a red bandana from Canteen adds a "Rosie the Riveter" vibe that pleases me. 


 My makeup is "classic with a twist" - iridescent peacock eyeliner from Lush adds something a bit different to the old-fashioned cats eye.

The red lipstick is a gorgeous matte from Morgana Cryptoria, called "The It Girl". Both the colour and the formulation are really vintage.

So, what do you think? Does the idea of being "Hard Femme" appeal to you?




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20 comments

  1. Love your interpretation of the theme- you look fantastic!

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  2. Love it! Great writing, too. Loved your reflection on your meaning of feminine.

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  3. Love it and agree with you! I struggle with this theme, over thought it, but ended up going with girly softness. It really made me think about the whole 'blue is for boys, pink is for girls' and how society (at large) impose gender stereotypes from birth. You look fab, love the slogan on your hoodie too :)

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    1. Yeah, so much of what we think we know about gender is pretty messed up...

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  4. I was about to say that you totally reminded me of Rosie the Riveter! Great interpretation and you look awesome

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  5. I love it! I almost sent myself crazy on this one, wear this, not that. Why is this more feminine than that and on and on it went. In the end, I'm happy with the outfit I put together, not that I'll wear it again {probably} but I so wish I'd gone all out controversial. LOVE your hoodie.

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    1. Yeah, I know the more I thought about it the worse I got, too :)

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  6. You soooo made my day with this look!!! I´m following the Aussie Curves and trying to put together my own outfits along with you girls -I´m not on the blog hop because I´m from Argentina, so the Aussie part is missing, ha. I´ve struggled a lot with this week´s "Feminine", wondering if there was something wrong with my feminine side for not owning any floral, ruffled or pink or pastel clothes -everything I associate with that term. This morning I woke up and decided that my feminine side had really nothing to do with those things, and I´m actually ok with that. Your look and your words reminded me that I´m not alone in this. Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you.. you should totally start your own group in Argentina!

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  7. Love your work every time! It may not be anything like my look but I always race to see what you have done! I always love what you put together! xx

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  8. Super cool. Always love your looks.

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  9. Argh this post made me develop a girlcrush on you. Fuckin' A.
    I am totally making my own kickass taste on feminine too, I just refuse to look pretty and quiet!
    You rule!
    -PrettyCannibalGirl

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  10. Love that outfit and I love your take on the the whole 'femme'/'feminine' thing. Plus, all that red is just gorgeous! I luuuurve red and it looks so fabulous on you. :) Oh, and your sweater is awesome.

    xxLissa

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    1. Thank you! I'm afraid red predominates my wardrobe :)

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