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Sarah, straight #3.
Lo-res 120 film scan.

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Sarah, straight #3.

Lo-res 120 film scan.

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Clothes are politicized objects, a sartorial billboard, a manifesto on your back. You can still be arrested for wearing the wrong thing in the wrong place — and, beyond the laws of basic public decency, that’s because people often don’t want to hear what your garments are telling them.

— Alexander Fury

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POC Queer Cuts

When I received guest blogger Abbey Gapko’s submission “HAIR: Updated Queer Cuts,” I immediately had the same reaction that many of our readers had when we published it: WHERE ARE ALL THE STYLES FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!???? I let out a big sigh, gave the draft the “side eye,” and started to write an e-mail to Abbey asking her to include more recommendations for QPOCs.

But, then I stepped back and looked at the post from a different perspective. As a black woman, I only get my hair done in black salons by stylists who personally understand and have experience with afro-textured hair. Like other black women, I have had negative experiences when trying to get my hair done at white salons, – ranging from stylists telling me that they don’t know how to “deal” with my hair, to getting a style that I was completely unhappy with because of the stylist’s lack of competence in working with a variety of textures. Further, I haven’t invested much time into looking for a white stylist who knows how to do my hair  because I also just simply enjoy the safety and comfort of black salon culture.  Black salons are places where I can speak freely about news, culture, family, etc. without feeling like I have to censor myself, lest I be labeled an “angry black woman.” This excerpt from a CNN article about the role of barbershops and beauty salons in black culture reflects some of my feelings about my preference:

“Barbershops and beauty salons are perhaps second only to black churches as institutions in the community,” said Ingrid Banks, an associate professor of Black Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and author of a forthcoming book on contemporary black beauty salon culture. “It’s not about hair per se, it’s about what hair means, particularly for black women in terms of racial identity, identity based on gender and ideas about power,” she said. “On one level, hair matters because race matters in our society. For black people, our hair has been infused with these racial politics.”

via Collectors Weekly

So, I paused on asking Abbey to submit a more inclusive post because I recognized that Abbey was writing from her own experience; and, maybe, for a variety of reasons, she does not have the expertise to give advice on QPOC hairstyles. Instead, I reached out to one of our guest contributors T’kay, a QPOC who had written a piece for us before on cutting  and styling her own afro-textured hair, and asked if she would do a follow up post with additional recommendations. T’kay agreed, but, in the meantime, I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorite  QPOC hairstyle inspiration:

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Photo by Jannatul Pramanik

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In an effort to up her style game, S.F., our Editor in Chief’s fiancé, swore off snapbacks to avoid the lesbian style cliché. But with streetwear becoming the new high fashion trend, some garments and accessories that were once considered the antithesis of fashionable – snapbacks, sweatpants (now dubbed “joggers“), and sneakers – are taking center stage in runway shows, fashion blogs, and celebrity closets. This summer, S.F. took the snapback plunge and was instantly hooked on the updated haute hats that have taken the cap from cliché to couture. We spent the day with S.F. in Coney Island, Brooklyn, where she modeled some of her most recent snapback purchases and shared with us what’s next on her snapback wish list. Check out the rest on our main website - www.dapperQ.com

Brad & Angelina’s Daughter Sports Suit to the Brangelina Wedding

All images by David James/Getty Images via People magazine In spite of Hollywood’s cruel criticism of Shiloh Jolie Pitt’s “tomboy” style, parents Brad and Angelina have supported their daughter in dressing however she feels comfortable. The pop culture frenzy that was Brangelina’s wedding was no exception; Shiloh sported this amazingly adorable short suit ensemble as she served as one of the ring bearers. Bradgelina 1edits According to People magazine, “…ever since Pitt proposed to Jolie, at their children’s urging, in spring 2012 – the celebration offered each child the opportunity to play his or her own unique part.” brangelina 3edits “The children chose their roles and their clothes,” says Jolie. Additionally, Jolie has stated:

I think she (Shiloh) is fascinating, the choices she is making. And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting… Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth. Society always has something to learn when it comes to the way we judge each other, label each other. We have far to go.

Brangelina 4edits Back in 2012, Jada Pinkett Smith defended her daughter Willow Smith’s hair from the fashion police trolls who questioned Willow’s sexual orientation and Jada’s parenting skills when Willow debuted a short cut. Pinkett’s response to the haters: “This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain.”

Amber Valletta, Interview Magazine, September 2014
 

Amber Valletta, Interview Magazine, September 2014

 

A Dapper Affair
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File under: Street Style, Blazers, Fedoras, Trousers, Monk straps, Oxfords, Briefcases, Androgyny

A Dapper Affair

via WWD

File under: Street Style, Blazers, Fedoras, Trousers, Monk straps, Oxfords, Briefcases, Androgyny

Benjamin Bayle Pocket Squares

Benjamin Bayle Pocket Squares

Our femme Editor in Chief was stressed about what to wear to our dapper New York Fashion Week event. But, Silki Harris, founder and designer at queer owned and operated Ambiance Couture Bow Ties, handmade a special femme-tastic adjustable bow-tie necklace / choker for her. Check them out! They’ve got ties for feminine, masculine, androgynous, and every style in between and OUTside of!

Our femme Editor in Chief was stressed about what to wear to our dapper New York Fashion Week event. But, Silki Harris, founder and designer at queer owned and operated Ambiance Couture Bow Ties, handmade a special femme-tastic adjustable bow-tie necklace / choker for her. Check them out! They’ve got ties for feminine, masculine, androgynous, and every style in between and OUTside of!