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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

When I had the chance to wear my highly flammable, oversize, costume-store-purchased pirate shirt to an Adam Ant concert last year, I had a Family Guy moment. In the Family Guy episode “Boys Don’t Cry,” the Griffin family is on the run from people who think baby Stewie is possessed by the devil. Stewie dresses in drag to escape notice and Brian, the talking dog, asks, “How you holding up, Stewie?” Stewie replies, “Ummm … I feel right, Brian. I feel right.”

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Stewie feels good in a wig.

I suddenly felt right in pirate shirts. I said to Stacy Lomman, “I wish some designer would do better-quality pirate shirts for a season so I could buy a couple.” Then I realized there was no need to wait for inspiration to strike someone else. Jean of Ghost Tailor, who handles all my clothing alterations, also makes custom clothes. I hustled over to her studio to order one shirt in black and one in white. I think Stacy was trying to avoid dealing with them during our wardrobe-therapy sessions, but she recently caved and paired the black pirate shirt with a pair of gray jeans.  I wore the combination to my father GeorgeB’s birthday dinner on Friday. GeorgeB is a big Seinfeld fan, so I thought he’d get a kick out of my puffy shirt.

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A low talker tricked Jerry Seinfeld into wearing this puffy shirt.

I think the style suits me more than it does Jerry Seinfeld.

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I actually got two Seinfeld references into one outfit, thanks to the striped lining of my Stacy Lomman faux-ostrich-feather jacket. Remember when Jerry’s new suede jacket had a pink-and-white-striped lining?

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I have black-and-white striped lining, so if I had to turn the jacket inside out to protect it from precipitation, I wouldn’t feel foolish. You might think I should feel foolish regardless of my jacket lining because of my puffy shirt, but remember: I feel right in that shirt. I feel right.

pirateoutfit.jpgWhat Wendy Wore for GeorgeB’s Birthday
Jacket: Stacy Lomman Fall 2012 collection (acquired 2013)
Shirt: By Jean of Ghost Tailor (2013)
Jeans: Acne (2007)
Boots: Prada (pre-2005)
Necklace: My own IDGAF design, particularly appropriate when wearing a puffy shirt

The day before GeorgeB’s birthday was Valentine’s Day. MrB and I went to a late dinner. I decided to give my heart outfits a rest and wore my vintage Patrick Kelly bow dress instead. I was without Stacy’s styling services that day so I played it safe and wore the dress the exact same way I’ve always worn it.

patrickkellybowsWhat Wendy Wore for Valentine’s Day
Dress: ’80s Patrick Kelly (acquired 2009)
Belt: Calvin Klein (2009)
Shoes: Prada (2010)
Purse: Prada (2007)

I had my hair cut by Keith Carpenter earlier that evening. In this photo, you can really see the choppiness and asymmetry that makes me the bane of more conventional hairstylists everywhere. The very rare times I go for a blowout with someone other than Keith or superstar-hairstylist Julie Matos, I have to reassure concerned brush-wielding people that I do indeed know that my hair is extremely layered/uneven/undercut. I like it that way! It’s how all of us pirates wear our hair.

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21 Responses to “What Wendy Wore: Family Guy Epiphany & 2 Seinfeld References”

  1. Sheila says:

    I need to bust out my ruffled blouse for you – and choppy-haired women unite! I love the unevenness of my hair.

  2. Samantha says:

    Love the shirt and the hair AND the family guy and Seinfeld references! What a perfect post! x

  3. déjà pseu
    Twitter: dejapseu
    says:

    Love the pirate shirt on you. But I’ve decided I NEED one of Stacy’s faux ostrich jackets. I’ve always loved them, but I’m a sucker for a fun lining.

  4. Eric says:

    Awesome references, and you are rocking the puffy shirt in a way Adam, Jerry or I cannot. :)

  5. Tina says:

    Love those Seinfeld eps…Love the hair!

  6. Silvergirl says:

    I love the sleeves on the black top and the stripe lining is fabulous
    Love the dress you sported for V’day as well
    Brett

  7. If it feels right it must be right. The pirate shirt looks great on you and it also looks kind of cute on Jerry.

    I see you’re wearing the appropriate IDGAF necklace to go with it. Just what a pirate would say!

  8. Marti says:

    I would have never thought of brown – I like it but love the Patrick Kelly Dress. It’s funny those people that don’t often work with your hair probably think you got your hair trimmed by an intoxicated person – BTW it looks great !!
    Marti

  9. Val Sparkle says:

    Wendy, you look gorgeous in that dress, and I love your haircut! It suits you so well.

    I’ve got an Oscar de la Renta ruffly shirt that I thrifted, and I call that my puffy shirt. In fact, I was planning to wear it tomorrow! Now if only I had a jacket with striped lining, I’d be master of my domain.

  10. melina
    Twitter: melinabeeZ
    says:

    my oh my, that is funny!!!! as usual, what I love most about your picture is your big, happy smile!!!

  11. What a fun post. I am visiting via Val’s blog, Late Blooming Sparkle. Seinfeld never gets old, and your tailor has made a superb puffy shirt for you.

    Sue xo

  12. lawyerdoll says:

    I love all of your outfits in this post… you look so much better than whiney Jerry! But topping Stewies in a dress… hmmm… tough one….

  13. Miss Peelpants
    Twitter: misspeelpants
    says:

    “I wish some designer would do better-quality pirate shirts for a season so I could buy a couple.”

    Isn’t that pretty much Vivienne Westwood’s bread-and-butter? I have a couple by her anyways :)

    I love pirate shirts. I don’t think you can be a Duran fan and not, can you? I love the black version too…