Into the garters now, funny enough I didn’t expected it to be this big of a deal, I mean I live in New York..

but strolling around in midtown I just realized how anal some are… they need to get fucking over it cause I’m planning to wear these babes many many times more, and I don’t fucking care.. I can zone out sleazy men like i can zone out commercials, unwanted advertisement, same shit…

this outfit is not about sex and I don’t dress for guys either, I mean whats up with that? its okay to have billboards of 16 year olds modeling underwear and bikini’s..

so I had this discussion with my boss she said no matter how I would try the garters stand for sex, I kind of disagree..

now I got my inspiration from this last photo by Ellen von Unwerth, I’m not sure how to name what it means to me but it doesn’t mean sex, maybe voyeurism?

according to the dictionary voyeurism means sex, but I feel there is this different voyeurism, playing hide and seek but not per se related to sex…. more related to identity to keeping some things secret, sacred and shaded.. ???

the white shirt is from Zara, the skirt is a cut off aa dress (yeah.. I cut up the aa dress I loved so much…) the studded vest is a gift from Wicked Plum Vintage, I got some amazing amazing amazing things, cant wait to show you all:) garters and stockings from the H&M as well as the white sneaks, no need to say that everything is yet again dirt cheap..

74 Comments on Ssssht, its a secret

  1. This is style through my eyes.
    May 15, 2009 at 7:49 am (10 years ago)

    Garters are a way to keep your stockings from falling down around your ankles! Hurray for garters!

  2. inu
    May 15, 2009 at 8:17 am (10 years ago)

    i had exactly the same reaction for my garters. but i live in a city way smaller than NYC. some old ladies were bout to faint on the street.but i’m not going to let them go too.

    I absolutely love your interpretation of them – with dresses, vest and sneakers they look so cool!

  3. h
    May 15, 2009 at 8:34 am (10 years ago)

    aww this outfit is completely perfect!!

  4. ribbonsandruffles
    May 15, 2009 at 8:47 am (10 years ago)

    Dear, don’t worry about those stupid people who don’t understand anything about your outfit! I love the outfit and the garters are a very cute and original touch to it. You look great!

    Love, E

  5. the_kitten
    May 15, 2009 at 8:56 am (10 years ago)

    I personally think the un-sex-ing has been well executed in this case. especially paired with white, innocent sneakers and a general very neutral outfit. i really like this, but be sure that i wouldnt have the guts to wear them.

  6. Clare
    May 15, 2009 at 9:17 am (10 years ago)

    I like the garters, they add a fun element to an otherwise quite plain outfit. Underwear is outerwear is all over the place, why can’t that mean garters too?! Go for it!

  7. miky
    May 15, 2009 at 9:18 am (10 years ago)

    i had the same sort of look some days agò i even posted it on my blog and let me tell you i love it!

    you looked stunning in it!!!

    i’ltray it with sneackers us whell now!

  8. setyourselfonfire
    May 15, 2009 at 9:53 am (10 years ago)

    wow you are completely gorgeous! love your style too πŸ™‚ very happy to have found your blog!

  9. sophielina
    May 15, 2009 at 9:57 am (10 years ago)

    gosh this is so amazing !! and all of your outfits have some rad detail in them, love that !

  10. Eden
    May 15, 2009 at 10:43 am (10 years ago)

    nothing wrong with a little bit of “sex”. it doesnt necessarily mean sleazy, right? don’t pay them any attention. you look fantastic, as always!

    much love


  11. Gabriela
    May 15, 2009 at 11:41 am (10 years ago)

    oh man, i NEED garters if i want to wear thig-highs! i never even considered the fact that there’s lameheads out there who’d have a problem with it, but they’re not worth the consideration πŸ™‚ YOU LOOK GREAT BTW

  12. miss a.
    May 15, 2009 at 11:50 am (10 years ago)

    Americans have this strange obsession with sex. I forgot who said it, but there was a theorist who said that it was due to the fact that sex has been placed upon a pedestal in the U.S. to a point where people feel as if they can’t be public about it in any way. I suppose one way to determine this is to consider how much public displays of affection are frowned upon – even in such a liberal and open minded city like NYC. Personally, I find it annoying, and I tend to have this discussion with anyone who has issues with the way that I dress.

  13. E
    May 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm (10 years ago)

    I agree. I think you wore them so tastefully, too, with the cute tennis shoes. And I would have expected that kind of reaction here in DC, but now in NY – how sad!

  14. Sophie Takes Pictures
    May 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm (10 years ago)

    hum hum hum seriously don’t complain, because in my city I can’t get out without receiving annoying remarks by guys when I wear slim jeans and (very very low heels) boots.So imagine when i’m wearing a dress,imagine when i’m wearing a dress/skirt AND heels,as low as they are.I always get remarks.So NYC looks pretty …cool and open minded for that.Exept for garters apparently :s But remember that if you wore garters in MY city,you would almost cry to see how peaple are mean and narrow minded… (i talked about guy’s remarks,but it ALSO works with girls staring at you thinking you’re a b***h cos you wear a skirt…)

    sorry for this long long depressing comment haha :,)

    PS: love this outfit of course,even if i could never wear this ,i’m way too shy!

  15. Isquisofrenia
    May 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm (10 years ago)

    i love it, i hate it when you wear something that shows leg and guys are all over you, yes, who cares you wear them , oh but i love how your wearing it with tennis shoes, i really like it.
    and yeah, hahah
    i might change my name to scissors’s child hahah or something like that!

    much love!

  16. Robine
    May 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm (10 years ago)

    Love your look πŸ™‚

  17. Sushi
    May 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm (10 years ago)

    I don’t dress for guys either and you actually look perfectly innocent and gorgeous! Unfortunately there are always going to to be some close minded people around.
    I had an experience with this too while walking home the other day – some middle aged creep drove by and yelled at me that I was a slut and told me to put some pants on when I was rugged up in my leather trousers, long sleeved shirt and long cardigan… *sigh*

    xoxo Sushi

  18. Vanessa
    May 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm (10 years ago)

    your outfits are always genious! i looove it!

  19. Jules
    May 15, 2009 at 12:51 pm (10 years ago)

    love this! you look great coco!

  20. Jennifer
    May 15, 2009 at 1:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Brilliant outfit! Love the vest!

  21. thischicksgotstyle
    May 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm (10 years ago)

    Gorgeous outfit!
    I think they are very sexy, but not neccessarily about sex, especially if you dress them down a bit, like you did!
    And the vintage vest is adorable!


  22. thischicksgotstyle
    May 15, 2009 at 1:41 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh, ik vergeet helemaal dat je nederlands bent omdat alles in het engels is hahah!

  23. Simply Me
    May 15, 2009 at 1:43 pm (10 years ago)

    yayyy….i love love love thigh highs and garters. there just so….hot. you look great as always. and your smile is beautiful

  24. poppedytart
    May 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm (10 years ago)

    Well, the first thought that hit me was that the outfit looked so kick-ass and awesome! I really, really liked it. The garters and sneakers added a nice touch. I stared my eyes out at the photos. You look preetty, and I think the garters look fine to me!

    Btw, I know what you mean about the voyeurism thing. I know it could also mean observing quietly without being noticed, right? But somehow I just can’t get that definition from or anything! It’s frustrating but I like you so much. So keep going!!

  25. Isa
    May 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm (10 years ago)

    you´re my muse now.
    I love your take on the garters and that you´re so inspired and have deep thoughts instead of just throwing them on because they´re ‘fashionable’.
    not to mention you look wicked! sexy but not sexual. you actually made the garters look casual, if that is even possible!

    and that lovely shade of blonde is enviable, please don´t say it´s natural! I actually have a trauma of having highlights done because I always feel like paris hilton did my hair afterwards.


  26. Dana Davis
    May 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm (10 years ago)

    you look great. don’t let those rude boys get you down!!!

  27. Wicked Plum Vintage
    May 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm (10 years ago)

    YAY! So glad you got it, that vest looks awesome on ya, I KNEW you’d rock it!

    I think the garters look cool, it’s not like you are wearing ONLY garters and looking like a prozzie! I used to do the same in HS, wearing them under shorts, and yeh, I got stared at too, so I guess some things never change!

    Thanks hon for wearing my stuff, I will keep an eye out for more interesting things for ya!

  28. anna g
    May 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm (10 years ago)

    I saw some girl rocking garters at a concert recently. I should of taken a pic.

    I wore a top that totally showed off my bra and guys would stare. It was awkward but I got over them. I mean come on guys!! But the girls are worse, if I show my bra strap they say things.

    I hate being judge by them. That’s why I want to move.

  29. johanna
    May 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm (10 years ago)

    some just seem to mix sex up with everything. i hate that way of thinking.

    i think your look is amazing, there’s nothing else to it. garters give a unique touch to the whole combination.

  30. Mcmaris
    May 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm (10 years ago)

    You look awesome. You know I understand people getting the “sex” vibe from garters b/c that just how they were introduced and have been portrayed thus far, but change the game girl. You don’t look overtly sex’d up. You look rockin and trend setting!!!!!!! Stick to your guns!

  31. kathryn
    May 15, 2009 at 7:18 pm (10 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting garters since I saw Charles Anastase send them down the runway for Spring (I think…).

    P.S. Just turned my laptop off mute and heard Goodbye Horses playing. LOVE IT.

  32. Ele
    May 15, 2009 at 7:22 pm (10 years ago)

    I love your t-shir and its pocket. It’s beautiful

  33. Tariro
    May 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm (10 years ago)

    The garters look nice, forget what everyone says

  34. Hanako66
    May 15, 2009 at 9:00 pm (10 years ago)

    you look amazing…though very sexy (sorry!!!!)

    have a great weekend:)

  35. noirohio vintage
    May 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm (10 years ago)

    damn if i had you legs i would love to wear garters too!! look how cute your smile is!!!

  36. Krystal
    May 15, 2009 at 9:58 pm (10 years ago)

    no! never give up your garters, you look amazing! when i get back to ny we’ll go strolling around in them together and cause the Midwest American tourists to have heart attacks! sound like a plan?


  37. Shin
    May 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm (10 years ago)

    I’m not sure if garters my thing but I will never be rude to someone just because of the way they dress! I think you look very cute and your smile is just so radiant! Just ignore crazy people and laugh at them πŸ™‚

  38. Marla Singer
    May 15, 2009 at 11:53 pm (10 years ago)

    oh wow! i love the studded vest! it’s freakin awesome. i think i’m gonna DIY. hahah =D

  39. Mega
    May 16, 2009 at 1:02 am (10 years ago)

    I am so freakin in love with your blog.

  40. REread
    May 16, 2009 at 1:07 am (10 years ago)

    yeah people are such wankers … I love the looks it rocks

  41. Christine
    May 16, 2009 at 2:37 am (10 years ago)

    Hmm, I say screw what they think! You look amazing, and that’s all πŸ™‚

  42. cali vintage
    May 16, 2009 at 4:58 am (10 years ago)

    gah! i finally figured out how to leave you a comment! apparently it doesn’t work on firefox. now i know. anyway, you look lovely and i think the garters are just fine. people are nuts, you keep on wearing what you love and i’ll keep on admiring you! hehe! πŸ˜‰

  43. Jessica
    May 16, 2009 at 6:10 am (10 years ago)

    i think that you wear those garters very well and in a tasteful manner!! some people just don’t understand individual style!! i love the studded vest too!! πŸ™‚

  44. Rey
    May 16, 2009 at 7:31 am (10 years ago)

    i love the garter-belt look. i agree, i don’t think garter = sex. it’s SEXY, but those aren’t necessarily the same thing. i think of the 20s… the ol’ so beautiful, classy ’20s…

  45. Amandine.
    May 16, 2009 at 10:50 am (10 years ago)

    Lovely outfit πŸ™‚

    May 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm (10 years ago)

    please use the garters, it’s called inspiration! the whole outfit and the simplicity of it is an inspirasion. hey, and you got a beautiful smile:)

  47. KATIA
    May 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm (10 years ago)

    I love this outfit. I’ve seen a couple bloggers pull off the garters look, like you do but I don’t think I’d be able to..
    I think there is a small line between it and sex but I don’t think your passing it at all. I just think you look great and rocker-ish πŸ™‚

  48. Boubou
    May 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm (10 years ago)

    i love your ties ; there are so inspiring !!
    j’adore ton blog πŸ˜‰

    ill be back for sure !

    a très bientot !

    Boubou xx

  49. Urbanite
    May 17, 2009 at 1:37 am (10 years ago)

    I don’t think anyone will ever get over the garters & sex link. Causal Americans don’t really get fashion unless when it’s trying to look better in the same thing everyone else is wearing. OH well, you pull these off amazingly I don’t think it looks sleazy AT ALL.

    Anywho featured you in my blog so people can finally see the RIGHT way to pull of certain outfits (Ha, just kidding…sort of?) so I hope you don’t mind.

  50. LHFC
    May 17, 2009 at 2:29 am (10 years ago)

    i was just doing a post on how much i love lingerie as outer wear! i wore my garters the other night and you can imagine the looks i got! i felt like a prostitute. you pull them off big time. fuck what people think. you look slamin! xx

  51. Mads
    May 17, 2009 at 3:21 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for your comment!! I kinda got starstruck when I saw your comment because I’m such a fan of yours in chictopia! You look sexy chic, not sleazy BTW=) Hope you stop by my blog again soon..=) will link you..


  52. Carlotta
    May 17, 2009 at 7:00 am (10 years ago)

    love the vest very beautiful outfit!!

  53. withasianstereotypes
    May 17, 2009 at 8:27 am (10 years ago)

    Obviously your blog is everyone and their mums bible, and it’s mine too haha. This outfit is brilliant, I love the vest and the garters. + Honestly, vulgar men can shove it. Do they really think with a “damn/hey sexy” you’ll go jumping into their arms with a “take me now”?

    Kisses, China L

  54. Iris
    May 17, 2009 at 9:46 am (10 years ago)

    Dankje voor je comment op mijn blog <33 je stijl is zooo geweldig πŸ˜€
    ja ik doe inderdaad modellenwerk! jij ook? volgensmij ben jij er ook erg geschikt voor :)!

  55. macyaverage
    May 17, 2009 at 10:03 am (10 years ago)

    who cares?
    I think you look unbelieveably cute. And I love the simplicity of your outfit here πŸ™‚

  56. SwanDiamondRose
    May 17, 2009 at 10:48 am (10 years ago)

    they’re perfect with your outfit. the simple white sneakers give them a new context. it feels like 1920s tennis garters or something. i love that series of photos. those for sure are racy though.

  57. voguemanie
    May 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm (10 years ago)

    this is a quirky, fantastic outfit

  58. loft in soho
    May 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm (10 years ago)

    You look amazing as always, I take one of your first photos to one of my next posts, if you do not care,


  59. stilettostetico
    May 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm (10 years ago)

    I always like when “Alcôve aesthetic” declines itself into “day to day Reality” . . . AND I truly can assure you that your secret will be carefully kept !!!!

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  60. Christing
    May 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm (10 years ago)

    i love the garters and vest! i hate when ppl assume girls who wear “pretty” or “sexy” things are dressing for men! you can make a fashion statement without trying to be a sex symbol…i think you pull it off so well!

  61. Yuka
    May 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm (10 years ago)

    people do just need to get over it. girls are haters and men are dogs. (sometimes)

    anyway you look great. keep wearing them! they suit you well.

  62. Miss V
    May 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm (10 years ago)

    You look great in it. I do not think I would have the curage though;-)

  63. lauren
    May 18, 2009 at 1:16 am (10 years ago)

    I think you wore the garters perfectly! I completely love how you paired them with little white sneakers. you’re making me want to buy a pair of both! ^_^

  64. panda love
    May 18, 2009 at 10:23 am (10 years ago)

    I know what you mean.

    I get dirty looks only by wearing over knee socks… crazy people out there.

    great outfit <3


  65. Heavy Metal Fashion
    May 21, 2009 at 2:35 am (10 years ago)

    You look totally awesome!

    I would love to rock the garters but I live in a rough neighborhood…


    Yeah, unfortunatly our society has a one track brain…I think in Europe we would be able to get away with these things much more easily. People don’t ask as many questions there!


    Best, Anastasia

  66. cOffee dèlice
    June 27, 2009 at 7:04 am (10 years ago)

    Beautiful pair of socks!!! That rocks!

  67. Maggie
    August 2, 2009 at 10:11 am (10 years ago)

    I m in love with ur outfits, so rad!


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