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ClaustroClothic #31: Halloween Fashion

It’s October! Can you believe it’s still in the sixties here? I’m trying to whip out all my Halloween fashion looks, including this one in my new fur bomber jacket gifted to me by Keeley and Megan, but… Well goodness, it’s still freaking toasty outside! It didn’t stop me though. I had to serve this look.

ClaustroClothic #31: Halloween Fashion

Everyday is Halloween

I’ve only had a handful of Halloween costumes my whole life. I think that contributes a lot to the style I have. I was Tickle Me Elmo in Kindergarten, complete with a vibrating one piece suit that didn’t run out of batteries. I think I was Esmerelda one year too. By the time I hit my senior year, my entire aesthetic was Halloween fashion. People would walk past me and say “It aint Halloween yet, girl!” and I’d scoff and say “Everyday is Halloween!”

Speaking of Halloween, let’s talk about this headpiece.

Kalika, a model you’ve seen on my Instagram a thousand times, and will see again in just a few weeks is a woman of many talents. She’s a model, she’s a spooky movie enthusiast, and she’s just an all around creative gal.

She made this crown.

Look at the diamond eyes. LOOK AT THE EYES!!! I couldn’t have formed something this creative if my life depended on it, but let’s be honest… I’d probably hot glue my hand to my face by accident if I tried. In case you didn’t know, it takes me forever to craft things.

Underneath that is a ton of my favorite SKG Gear.

I wear my Jasemine harnesses everywhere. Yes, I have two of them, and yes. They are named after me. That’s not bragging. It’s literally the biggest honor ever bestowed upon me because SKG’s leather line… Ugh. HEART EYE. Remember that you can get a discount on your SKG orders anytime by using my code JasemineDenise.

The one I’m rocking on my chest in this outfit, is a custom colored one. Half red leather, half black… because yes. SKG makes red leather options now.

I’m obviously a huge Shop Kinky Girly supporter. I love the way I can style almost every single thing I own with anything. It always seems like there’s an accessory for every outfit. For instance, the Lina collar… Went perfectly with this outfit. All the O rings!!

No outfit would be complete without my boss socks. I had been looking for them for ages and Ray finally found the missing one. Though they don’t exactly match the outfit, they still fit into the fur coat badass woman aesthetic so I threw them in.

Have you been waiting for October to show off your Halloween fashion?

I want to see! Comment this blog post with your favorite Halloween fashion look, your outfit of the days, or pretty much just anything that screams spooky fashion. I love checking out other outfits!

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ClaustroClothic #32: Back To School Alternative Fashion

Looking back, I started the fashion portion of this blog back in what would’ve been considered my freshman year of college. I wanted so desperately document how my alternative fashion would be affected by going to college and starting a business. I didn’t think that three years later, I’d be photographing women slaying so many fashion looks, working with designers, etc. Today, I celebrate by doing yet another back to school look.

Flashback to one of my older ClaustroClothic looks. 

ClaustroClothic #32: Back To School // Alternative Fashion

Back in September of 2014, I let you know that my back to school looks have never been modest. Stepping out, I always wanted to let my classmates know that I was eclectic and that it’s probably in their best mind to get used to having that 90s goth girl aesthetic in their classroom. It’s also worth noting that my freshman year of high school was spent at an all girl’s catholic school, so I was no stranger to plaid skirts.

Now, present-day, I’ve ditched the plaid skirt and went for a more grown up look.  The plaid is still in there but it’s topped off with a Deviant Harness from SKG Designs and a Fiona Leather collar all underneath my new favorite red leather jacket from Forever 21. Honestly, it’s very seldom I’m trying to do something major with alternative fashion and can’t find some SKG to throw in there.

What Inspired this outfit?

I’ve actually been trying to find a way style that Fiona red leather ever since I saw it on my girl V during a shoot!

V’s look 

Mine

I’m also rocking the Dita bottoms because I was definitely not trying to hunt down a pair of stockings. It’s still kinda warm here in Chicago so I felt like I had the chance to show a little leg.

You can’t see them, but I topped the entire look off with an updated pair of boots from my last Back to School look. The ones I have now leave room for thigh high socks which keep my feet warm!

What advice can I give to anyone trying to achieve this look?

Don’t be afraid to be bold! I hear so many women say “I wish I could dress like that but–” There is no but. There’s a time and a place for every single look you can serve. Find an environment to rock your edginess. We only have one life and I don’t wanna spend it looking at clothes on a rack saying “I wish I had the confidence for this.” I’ve sewn clothes down, changed things around, bought things and worked out until I had the body I wanted to wear them… Fashion is a passion. It’s a state of mind. It’s something that calls to you and you deserve to wear it the way you know how! Like I said, there’s a time and a place. Though I wouldn’t have worn this my freshman year of college, I’ll definitely rock this outfit to a party now!

Till next time, what are you wearing?

 

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ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang

Girl gang, girl gang! It’s not secret that I want to start a girl gang with myself and all of the powerful women of the world. It’s even less secret, wearing it as a statement! ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang. There’s a video teaser that goes along with this because Ray has been getting deeply invested in his original passion of video again.

ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang

What inspired this look?

I don’t wear t-shirts too often. I feel like it’s always limited the perspective of clothing. There’s little to no durability and it’s hard to coordinate but sometimes, I make exceptions. T-shirts are like my bold statements. When you’re writing and you wanna emphasize something, you capitalize, boldface, and italicize the important things. It’s like saying “Hey, look at me.” T-shirts are like my personal way of boldly defining my personality. For instance, if you see me walking around with a Guns N’ Roses t-shirt on, it’s safe to say you can chat me up about the bassline of Rocket Queen, and I’ll start fan girling. It’s all in the look.

 

Get yourself a Girl Gang t-shirt: white // black // pink

Something Old, Something New.

Girl Gang

You’ve seen my shoes. The moment I got the shirt, I ventured back in my head to a ClaustroClothic past, and was like “Where are those shoes. I need to be wearing them for this look. Even despite having changed my hair, red and black is always something that stays constant in my wardrobe. I think if I started a girl gang, that would be the colors. Badass women (all women including trans women and women of color) rocking powerful colors and proudly walking around in their heeled boots.

The watch is a new thing. I’ve been trying to rock watches not for sophisticated reasons but because I’m trying to become less and less involved in my phone as time passes. Girl gang goals are to stay present when your girls are dishing on some iconic secrets. I don’t know about you but my MAIN reason for checking my phone is typically to see the time. As soon as I catch sight of it, I start scrolling through my notifications and then in seconds… I’m no longer present.

girl gang

What’s your favorite part of this outfit?

Girl. I have an SKG Designs item on for almost every single outfit I’ve worn this summer so far. These leg garters though? Spiked, studded, amazing! They’re leather and they’re strong. I’ve got pretty decently sized thighs and most leg garters either squeeze my thighs too hard or fall off. I vibe with them so much, and it’s already obvious I love SKG. I even have a discount code “JasemineDenise” that you can use to get discounts on things you buy.

Would you join the Girl Gang?

Seriously! I wanna know! We’re stylish, we’re badass and we’re coming to a city near you. Would you join the Girl Gang? We can make cool videos like this one and the slow motion version of this that’s chilling on my Instagram! If you’re ever in the mood to peruse my daily outfit looks, feel free to scroll through my tumblr tag for daily outfit inspiration! It gets updated daily.

Photos by: Ray Collins // Check out other shoots he’s shot for JDP. 

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ClaustroDIY #38.5: DIY Guns N Roses BodySuit

You know the feels are real when you don’t just wear a band tee but you make yourself a Guns N Roses bodysuit. Welcome to the JUNGLE BABY, you’re gonna DIY!  Okay that was a little corny but I can promise you that this photoshoot featuring a DIY Guns N Roses bodysuit I made myself is not. In celebration of the AXL/DC phenomenon, I couldn’t resist showing off my fan girl in style! If  you have no idea what AXL/DC is and you’re a GNR fan, check this Youtube link out and get with it! (and yes that is the full version. You’re welcome.)

Alright, you guys ready?

ClaustroDIY is a special edition of ClaustroClothic featuring an item I may have created myself. Keep in mind, I’m no professional. My DIYs are hand sewn and this one’s no exception.

ClaustroDiy: Guns N Roses Bodysuit

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How did I make it?

I bought the Guns and Roses from Target for about $14. I didn’t really shop around for bad ass GNR shirt because I didn’t want any pressure my first time. I wanted it to perfectly, and to be honest… It wasn’t easy. The leather trim is devised from an old pair of pants and I bought the studs from Michael’s. I had no set plan in stone for this. I just knew. Shirt. Bodysuit. Let’s do it. I remember like getting some paper from a sticky note and just started drawing it out, ideas, measurements, etc.

That’s something I’ve never really had to do in the past with making vests so this was a trial and error for me. Nonetheless, I drove like a bat out of hell to Target and picked up the first GNR shirt I could find promising myself that if it went well.. I would be back.

What was the hardest part?

The bottom of it. The only thing I regret is not trying to measure the most important part of the bodysuit. It’s a tussle with trying to make sure that the snaps are all aligned in a way that you can click it in comfortably. It also is note-worthy that if you’re body shy like me, it’s a real struggle to try to figure out how much butt is too much butt. I watched a lot of tutorials before just deciding to wing it, so I know that next time I do yet another Guns N’ Roses Bodysuit, I’m gonna eye my measurements.

I also sewed myself into the suit and had to cut myself out of it. Don’t ask.DIY Guns and Roses Body Suit - Jasemine Denise - Afropunk-4DIY Guns and Roses Body Suit - Jasemine Denise - Afropunk-5

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Where / How would I wear this?

Uh.. where wouldn’t you?! Okay, let’s not not get too cheeky. A bodysuit can attract the wrong types of crowds although I’d wear it to a concert of a festival. The summer’s coming up and it’s getting to a point where it is perfectly okay to wear something comfortable. Unfortunately, not all spots allow such delicacies so it can be paired with a dope pair of shorts and a leather jacket. (Jacket is optional but the shorts make this look)

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AND, if you’re a fly girl… Get your nails did. Mine were done up all fancy that way by Saint Mortis, who is now working on very creative nails here in Chicago. So if you live here and you ask her nicely enough, she might hook you up!

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Which is my favorite Guns member?

I’m a sucker for the original band. Like the original before Steven wasn’t the drummer anymore. Admittedly, Duff is swoon worthy but Slash is what I really came into the band-dom (Like fandom but more fancier) for. I stayed for Axl. I know everyone has their differences with him but I just can’t get over the way he can make his voice sound like the missing link you’ve been searching your whole life for.

Where can I get one of these?

I swear that eventually I’m going to open a store of original designs but right now.. I can tell you that you are going to need two sew on snaps,  your own band tee, at least 50 studs (I used about 50 nailhead studs) and whatever else you want to make it fancy. If you specifically want a Guns N Roses bodysuit, feel free to click the ish below and GET YOU SOME!