As you may remember from when I posted about it earlier this year, from January 1st 2012 I will be joining fellow Goth blogger Kitty Lovett in her challenge to spend the entire year dressed as a Victorian lady; right down to the bloomers. Now that 2012 is looming in the none-too-distant future, I thought I'd take a few notes on my reservations, expectations, and ideas for what the year will bring.
Firstly, Kitty, as far as I'm aware, is intending as close to 100% historical accuracy as possible. Since my current wardrobe only sports about three or four items of suitable Victoriana, it will be highly unlikely that I will be able to follow suit, but I will do my best. I am stocking up on bloomers and petticoats as we speak. My shopping list also includes a white corset to wear under light-coloured blouses; a couple of jabots and a handful of tie-on bustles. I could also do with a whole bunch of blouses and skirts and am looking forward to finally treating myself to a faux-fur muff from Stocking Shock. (Yes; for me, the Filthy Victorian challenge is in part a very good excuse to go shopping.)
|I'm having blouse envy|
I am pretty sure that I can manage to wear outfits that LOOK historically accurate (for the most part); however, I am going to allow myself such small luxuries as zips, hair dye, and bras! Also, I will not be taking out my piercings... And of course, for events such as bellydance rehearsals and badminton games I am unlikely to be wearing a corset or top hat.
On the subject of corsets, one of the reservations that I have is wearing a corset day-in, day-out. Unlike the fabulous tight-lacing Kitty, my corset-wearing record is four hours, and after that I had to go and have a lie down. :-/ But I am hoping that after a year of dogged determination, I will be able to show off a corseted waist that Vicky Butterfly would be proud of. (A girl can dream, can't she?)
Other than a wasp waist, I am looking forward to having the chance to re-evaluate my wardrobe. I have been regarding my clothes with increasing dismay (as the ever-growing pile of Things to Put On eBay proves - I will be bombarding eBay with my secondhand goodies as soon as I have my OWN computer and internet access), and it's gotten worse ever since I turned twenty. I'm sure that not everyone will feel the same, but neon tutus, bondage pants, baggy T-shirts, and some of my hoodies are looking increasingly like clothes that only teenage Gothlings can get away with. I used to love wearing them but sometimes now I feel a little... silly. (This is a personal thing, by the way, not a universal Gothy rule. There's no age limit on bondage pants.)
So an overhaul is well overdue, and hopefully a year in velvet blouses and glorious stripy confections will give me a chance to lose the sentimental attachments to clothes that I don't wear, and some that simply don't fit.
I am also planning to attend Whitby for the first time next year, and am already creating some black-and-pink Victorian outfit ideas in my mind (with mini tricorns, oh yes indeed!). Plus, my 21st birthday will be in September - I've already chosen Harlots and Dandies as my theme, so look out for bloomers, ripped stockings, and some particularly flamboyant headgear (I'm going to see if I can coerce Dan into false sideburns and a monocle... ;-)). Victorian underwear counts, right...?
Lastly, I am not in favour of giving up my Gothy image for an entire year. My wardrobe is, in theory at least, going to be just as much Goth as it is Victorian - lots of black, red, white and pink, ruffles, stripes, and skull adornments - so please don't think I will be deserting the dark side for a whole twelve months.
On an unrelated note, here's a recent outfit:
T-shirt: charity shop, £1.50
Hairpieces: British Heart Foundation, £1.99 each (I'm wearing two)
Necklace: gift, in my second brief Goth-experimentation-phase when I was about 11
Jeans: £4, charity shop