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Shopping from the movies: The Shining (Kubrick 1980)

October 31st, 2013

I’m not a huge fan of  horror.  I prefer the first thirty minutes of a horror film before all the mayhem begins.  For example, my favorite scene in Psycho is when Marion Crane buys a used car.  It’s more pleasurable to follow Marion around shopping than seeing  her get slashed to pieces at the Bates Motel.   Against my better judgement, I revisited Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining this weekend.  However,  to my surprise, I found some  unexpected shopping opportunities that distracted me from the film’s signature gore.  Here are a few of my favorite outfits from the film.  I’m planning to remix my wardrobe this season to riff on The Shining.   I’m stocking up now on denim dungarees, cotton sweatshirts, henleys, plaid shirts, red parkas, kerchiefs and corduroy gauchos.
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Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.16.53 AMWool whipcord Forest Service garb

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Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.28.58 AMLee dungarees over a cotton sweatshirt and plaid shirt

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.29.11 AMI love this yellow jacket with embroidery detail.

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Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.45.38 AMPreparing for the final showdown – in corduroy, bib gauchos

Knicker (Plus Two) Madness

December 3rd, 2006




Ever since I saw Liza Minnelli perform the Bye Bye Blackbird number in Liza with a Z, I’ve had knickers (or more accurately, plus twos or britches or breeks) on the brain. Now, as it turns out, knickers are re-emerging as a major fashion item on the cycling/bike messenger scene. On bike listservs like the I-bob list, references to knickers (knicker glories, knicker styling, knicker fabric selection/preferences) abound. Folks are sporting italian military issue “alpine trousers” scored at army surplus depots and a fine fellow in Los Angeles is designing a new, all gabardine, “dress” knicker manufactured just for him by an LA garment maker.

I’ve always liked the idea of knickers but shied away from actually wearing a pair due to my short height (fearing that the plus two or plus four look–two or four inches below the knee) might have the optical effect of cutting me into funny tear- away pieces. But now, emboldened by all this internet chatter and fixed gear hipster posturing, I’m breaking out my own carefully archived stockpile of wool and cord breeks (plus purchasing the necessary color neutral knee high socks to wear underneath). Today, I shall honor tin cloth Mondays by sporting a pair of vintage Filson ladies Whipcord climbing breeches (a necessary transgression since Filson didn’t bother to manufacturer tin cloth trousers in plus two or four dimensions).