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Coordinate Closeup: Mana

This Bodyline skirt is an adventurer. It passed from Kristina to Mayi, then fell into my hands and was coordinated that same day. Even though I wear a wide range of styles, florals and paintings are the motifs I come back to again and again.

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These days I’ve been at war with myself. While my new job doesn’t have really strict rules regarding office attire, I did my best to tone things down somewhat, wearing offbrand with natural hair colors and simpler prints and florals.

However when people immediately assume what I am wearing is ‘cosplay’, it gets frustrating. And yesterday when my aunt idly asked ‘do you wear your costumes every day?‘ that was nearly too much.

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The comm has had to deal with such remarks and skepticism for years, but sometimes there are moments when I ask myself if it’s worth it: the discomfort, body image issues, toxicity, and harrassment I’ve endured from people on the street because of what I wear.

DSC01044_wAnd the answer?

I still do love it. I love it despite its shortcomings. To me, there is joy in every step of the process of coordination: the initial idea, building on a base, refining the small details that are a playful hint about what I will be doing that day, and how I feel about it.

Even if my outfits aren’t always successful, the process of coordination is soothing in itself. Wearing a style that I love drives my creativity at work, it motivates me to experiment more instead of settling for something passable.

And that’s enough reason to keep going.

DSC01036_wCoordinate breakdown

  • skirt – Bodyline g1122
  • blouse, shoes – offbrand
  • choker – Forever21 + church pin
  • tights – offbrand
  • flower brooch – Landmark

worn coord:

  • underskirt – Bodyline l353

 


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I’m just so fond of this print that I had to get it in both color ways. This was taken the same  day I received the skirt in black.

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