Finally, our first street fashion video shot outside of NYC by one of our volunteer correspondents — Ty Greenstein of Girlyman! It’s always a blast for me to watch these videos with lesbians for whom dapperQ’s are the “target demographic,” because they gush and gurgle over all the cuteness of a dyke like our subject, Paula, who went to college with Ty and now lives in Chicago.
Paula shares her stepmom’s cogent take on our sartorial dilemmas with her question: “WWED — What Would Ellen Do?”
Certainly that question communicates some of what dapperQs are trying to achieve, or at least what the world assumes we might be trying to achieve. But, alas, the devil is in the details, and for those details we have had precious little guidance. Fortunately, folks like Paula are thoughtful about our unique challenges and offer several pearls of wisdom. Like Ty, who is pictured donning a tie in the boy’s department with Genevieve at Macy’s, Paula is on the small side, “5’3″, 110 pounds after a pizza.” Both struggle with the fact that even men’s extra smalls are enormous.
Because she recognizes that fit is essential, she finds women’s shirts that don’t have darts (she’ll explain.) She also does a lot of layering. And she has found that, if you toss into your outfit something that is “girly” like sparkly buttons, it actually makes your outfit more boyish.
The challenge of boy-sized dapperQs is one with which I have no experience. Wondering what advice folks can offer? Have you shopped in the boys department? Are there certain brands that are hip but that might fit? Dish, daps, dish…
P.S. Thanks to Candice who did an absolutely terrific – also volunteer – job of editing this video into a fun piece