10 Signs Your Wardrobe Needs a Feminist Makeover

Getting funny looks in the street? Maybe your wardrobe needs a feminist makeover–here are 10 signs that might be true for you.

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Above: Image found on Feminspire here.

1. The hardest part of your day is figuring out how to wear one of your 100 “tribal” or “ethnic” print shirts.

2. You opted to accessorize with a Native American headdress when you went to your last music festival.

3. You desperately want people to know you own one piece of second-hand clothing (which you never wear of course), because thrifting is trendy and you just have so much money leftover from your paycheque, why not?

4. You throw away perfectly wearable clothing that people could use because you’re too lazy to take it to a thrift store, donate it, or call a service to pick it up.

5. You like to accessorize with the body parts of people of colour.

6. You would never be caught dead wearing X item of clothing, but can’t think of why someone else would be wearing such a thing.

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Above: On Wednesdays, we wear pink.

7. Your wardrobe and style rules are like those of the Plastics.

8. You consider slut-shaming to be par for the course if you wear a miniskirt out (see #1 on this list).

9. The hardest part of your day is figuring out how to justify to the greater public why you can wear one of the items mentioned in points 1, 2, and 5.

10. The hardest part of your day is when you look at your “Made In…” label on your clothes and can’t remember where the country mentioned actually is in the world.

Gloss over This: Zooey Deschanel

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The whole point of gender equality is not to see things as female entertainment. There’s just good entertainment and bad entertainment. Tina Fey wrote about that in Bossypants, and it rang so true for me. I mean, I certainly found in [New Girl writer/executive producer Liz Meriwether] Liz’s voice something very true and special, but I truly believe that it’s not about chick stuff.

-Zooey Deschanel in “The Happiness Project” by April Long in Elle February 2014

Screen Style Stills: The To-Do List

If you haven’t seen The To-Do List, call your girls and make it a get together evening ASAP–just don’t watch it with your parents, whatever you do. It was written and directed by a woman, Maggie Carey, and stars Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat, and Rachel Bilson among others. The whole movie is based in the ’90s, the summer of 1993 to be specific, and everything from the clothes to the house decorations reflect that time and place. Plaza’s character, Brandy Clark, is a feminist, a go-getter, and isn’t sorry about it. It’s awesome.

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Killer ’90s style at the aftergrad party

IMG_1199 IMG_1204 IMG_1205 IMG_1208Above: Brandy dismayed that her first date outfit isn’t cutting it. Below, an obligatory aerobics outfit.

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IMG_1211 IMG_1213Above: Stealing a push-up bra from her sister
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IMG_1221 IMG_1223Above: Amber (Bilson) approves of Brandy’s outfit for her big night.
IMG_1225Above and below: Singing our feelings out.

IMG_1224Below: LOVE Amber’s outfit. So perfect. 
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Gloss over This: Retta

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As the BS sniffer in the Pawnee Parks Department, Donna regularly snake charms the camera with a single, slyly cocked eyebrow that says “Seriously?” Explains the actress, “Sometimes a director will say, ‘You made a look. Do it again. We’re going to get it.'” So why all the Donna stankface? According to Retta: “She doesn’t suffer fools.”

-Retta on her character Donna in Parks and Recreation in “Every Little thing She Does is Magic” in Elle February 2014

Gloss over This: Issa Rae

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Networks are too fearful of ostracizing people and aren’t willing to fully address race. I’ve always had an issue with the [assumption] that people of color, and black people especially, aren’t relatable. I know we are.

-Issa Rae in “Awkward” by Nona Willis Aronowitz in Elle Feb 2014

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