Of the High WASP Style Archetypes, Artsy Cousins vary most from region to region. Which makes sense, since Artsy Cousins prioritize individual and aesthetic expression.
When Flo spoke up recently, we heard from an East Coast Minimalist Artsy Cousin.
On the other hand, here’s a Northern California version I’d assembled before Flo sent me her portfolio. Somewhat more rustic, more eclectic, more casual, as are many Northern Californians. But the common Artsy thread shows through. Kaftan is clearly the uber-meme of the species, along with sandals of one sort or another. I suppose toes are rather Artsy, if you think about it.
Now take a look at Texan Artsy Cousin style, kindly sent at my request by Jill, of Stella’s Roar. Yes, Texas does allow Artsy Cousins to cross the border. In fact I’m very fond of Texas. Houston has a great artsy culture, driven I believe by its museums, and I hear that Austin is Northern California’s spiritual cousin. But I digress.
In Texas, it’s go Maximalist Or Go Home. Some day before I resign myself to bedjackets I’d like to own a coat like that.
If a touch of Artsy Cousin makes your heart lighter in the morning, go visit Jill. She does a lot of brief posts, on clothing and house style, with pictures. For us Sturdy Gals, it’s like a secret trip to Las Vegas. Not that I’ve ever been, mind you.
What about the Artsy Cousins of Southern California? Los Angeles might seem to host an entire community. Page through any celebrity magazine and you will see page upon page of Haute Hippies, otherwise known as Boho Chic Babes. As always, when a sub-culture is appropriated by dominant culture, the original strains are difficult to trace. We’ll take a stab at it anyway, and throw in a present to boot.
Today we have a giveaway that’s the Add-A-Pearl of LA Artsy Cousin style, if you will. Put these shoes in your closet and you’re on your way to Sienna Miller-hood.
LAMO, makers of sheepskin boots and shoes, asked me if I’d do a review of a pair from their new line. I don’t do reviews of things I keep, unless I pay for them myself, but I love nothing better than a good giveaway. I browsed their site and these caught my eye.
Seriously. Sturdy Gals dream of dangling charms. They add a touch of whimsy to our practical gear. We love the softness perforated leather. And those charms are supposed to dangle in front. Oops. Artsy novices make those kinds of mistakes, but we sail on.
The leather is soft, the soles are comfortable, the metal a rose gold color. Rose gold is the new thing. Did you know? Now you do.
And there’s a little bit of sheepskin for padding, around and under your heel.
I asked for a size 7, so I could confirm their professed comfort. I believe they are comfortable, but can’t confirm the hypothesis 100% as these size 7s are the same kind of 7s as Crocs, i.e. more like an 8.5 in a dress shoe.
How to wear these? I imagine the truly LA Artsy among you will not hesitate for a moment. For those of us who tiptoe carefully around the Artsy clearing in our Sturdy forest, I’m thinking something denim. A jeans miniskirt, for example, if you’re of miniskirt wearing age or spirit. Otherwise, cropped skinny jeans and a cream-colored tee with a ruffle. Dangling earrings. And sand ahead, under an implacable blue sky and lambent sun.
What are clothes for but dreaming, when we have Artsy in our hearts?
If you want some Artsy Feet, please leave a comment below. If you announce the giveaway somewhere in your social networks, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, blog, leave a second comment telling me you’ve done so and I’ll throw your name in twice. I will draw and announce the winner on Tuesday of next week.
The shoes should work for someone who ordinarily wears an 8-8.5 in dress shoes, or a 7-7.5 in sandals. The jangle fits all. You might want to start rummaging around for the horn bracelets you got in Greece. Maybe the point of Artsy is to assemble an expansive, expressive identity, from as wide a set of sources as possible, yet root it in context. Those cousins are no dummies.