If you like the fuzzy-gritty pop band Dum Dum Girls (or have browsed a fair amount of music journalism this year), you know that singer/guitarist Dee Dee never takes off her sheer, black, vertical striped tights. Seriously: they’ve been donned in every press photo, live photo, and when I saw her band play at South by Southwest a few months ago. My thoughts during that hot afternoon by the tented stage:
1)Here, girl with sensitive hearing, you can have my earplugs.
2) I LOVE THOSE TIGHTS.
These are more mature, less Halloween than black and white horizontal stripes. Plus, they make your legs look a mile long.
Complete the look with black short shorts and red lipstick. Turn up the reverb on your amp and you’re all set.
You Are Free…to be a copy Cat.
No girl should have to get through being 15 years old without Cat Power’s music. Or being 20. Or ever. And if you’re a dude, you need her, too. Chan Marshall is probably my favorite female singer. Her songs are as timeless as her style. Though she’s notoriously emotionally fragile, her clothing choices are steady as a rock. Few women look as sexy in designer duds as she does in rumpled menswear.
Without further ado, here are some Chan-reminiscent pieces I like but shouldn’t wear all at once since I’ve already outed my girl-crush and already have her haircut…
Equipment military top in navy, $178 ( madisonlosangeles.com)
But, by all means, get the same shirt from the army surplus or something for not-triple-digits.
Aubaine boxing gloves necklace, $28 (Urban Outfitters)
Just like the album cover for The Greatest (which is not her greatest record, okay, but it’s a sweet necklace).
Speaking of gloves, she’s seems to perpetually wear black, fingerless gloves. I can’t stand microphone chafing either, Chan! Why is everything hard?
Asos leather pin-studded gloves, $30.44 (asos.com)
I wouldn’t normally suggest studded things anymore, since the mega-trend is getting stale (Marc Jacobs said so, so there!). Yet, these are subtle “pins.” Loophole!
$8,300 for you on eBay, free for Chan Marshall ’cause she hangs out with fellow wierd glove-wearer Karl Lagerfeld.
If you’re interested, a biography recently came out about her:
Cat Power: A Good Woman by Elizabeth Goodman $11.92 (Barnes and Noble)
I was skeptical about how good this could possibly be, given Marshall’s basic unwillingness to say much in the few interviews I’d seen. The book’s real problem is the shitty style that the journalist uses. I’d only read it if it solved the following mystery:
Is that beauty mark real? In some close-ups her face is mole-free. Does she cover it up, or pencil it on? It’s just another one of those questions I put up there with “What is dark matter?”
Victoria’s Secret beauty mark kit ($2.99)
‘Spose these are more smudge-proof than eyeliner. The strange, trampy mini-tattoos are a bonus.
She’s a chick, she’s white, and yeah, she can rap with more speed and more balls than any of her many collaborators. She also a has a strong sense of style. So what’s the uniform of a get’em girl? Here are a few basics that say “bitch MC,” “supafreak,” and “I sort of look like Amanda Blank right now.”
Vintage 1980s Door-Knockers, Girl Props $8.99 (www.girlprops.com)
Costume jewelry that won’t gut your paycheck: because you want to be the kind of girl who can buy her own drinks. Not that you’ll have to…
Nikita Bra, Agent Provocateur $150 (agentprovocateur.com)
However, you can’t very well wear cheap lingerie after getting famous off sex-fueled hip hop tracks. Here’s the catch, rule breakers: wear it under the following…
Zipper Back Pocket Tank, LNA $34.50 (shopbop.com)
The Tight Jean in Very Stretch Black, Cheap Monday $65 (karmaloop.com)
Pumps, Chanel, $You-don’t-wanna-know.00
“In just Chanel pumps I throw my legs up / and if you’re ready you can get it any time you want” Ah, the new feminism.
Those cigarette earrings are almost TOO classy, right? Prepare to pair them with your own faux fur of choice, ’cause they’re easily attainable:
Cigarette Earrings, $5.99 Girl Props (girlprops.com)
I think you can even wear them indoors.
So hey, listen through this oldie but goodie if you’re not in the workplace and aren’t offended by offensive lyrics: