Thursday, 23 August 2012

Kinderwhore, Part 5: Put that slap on!

According to many articles I've found about Kinderwhore makeup, all you need is some red lippy to slap on.
Wrong! In fact, kinderwhore makeup is just as varied as the dresses! The trick is to mix and match; this will possibly give an air of improvisation and creativity. Also, application should generally be more along the lines of properly-done than children playing with mommy's stuff (though feel free to make it look a bit uneven or lazily-done!)

Where should you get your makeup? Ideally drugstores or supermaket own-brands, though I know you can find cheap makeup in markets and charity shops. However, if you prefer a high street or designer brand, keep in mind that you'll have to make some sacrifices to get it; the original kinderwhores were too busy trying to survive off what money they had to afford nice lippy!

Courtney Love, rocking her ever-present red lippy and smudged eyeshadow.
Common lip colours:
  • Red: be it firetruck or deep crimson, this is without a doubt the most popular shade.
  • Pink: pale pinks are ideal for casual wear and for more childlike lips, whereas a bright pink will make you look like a junkie Barbie doll (which is a good thing!) Also, bright pinks make a great alternative to red!
  • Peach: again, good for low-key and childish lips.
  • Brown: a deep brown, or maybe maroon, is perfect for kinderwhores of colour who wish to be a little more on the subtle side.
  • Nude: bare lips are great if you're feeling a bit lacking in confidence, or if you'd rather emphasise your eyes/cheeks.
Common eye colours:
  • Black: ideal for making a statement with dark, smoky eyes.
  • Brown: ideal for giving the impression of tiredness or extended drug use. Browns can also be a subtle alternative to black smoky eyes.
  • Grey: from silver to glittery to bold, grey is a wonderful all-purpose colour!
  • Pastel: these can give your eyes a cutesy charm, and can be used to make some adorable pastel rainbow eyes!
  • Blue: like brown, a deep blue is a bolder alternative to black!
Common blush colours:
  • Pink: childish charm at its best!
  • Peach: for subtler cheeks.
  • Brown: ideal for kinderwhores of colour wanting subtle cheeks.
  • Red: only for the most daring!
In addition, black eyeliner and mascara are perfect for completing your makeup bag/drawer, though don't be afraid to look for other colours!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Kinderwhore, Part 4: Hair, Hats, and Accessories, Oh My!

Yes, it's a three-in-one! This is due to, again, similarities, but also because hair especially is too short for it's own part. So, let's get to it with common hair styles!

The Blonde Bombshell: platinum locks curled to be near perfect! Ideal for the high-maintenance kinderwhore. Think Marilyn Monroe, Britney Spears, or Barbie. However, the grunge aesthetics make this a rare find.
Christina Aguilera rocks the Blonde Bombshell.
The Blonde Bomb: Similar to the above, but messy and with the roots showing. Works best with hair naturally quite dark. The idea here is to bleach it, then ignore it completely aside from the occasional wash.
Kat Bjelland
Au Natural: Put down the bleach and rock your natural colour!
Tickle Me Pink!: Or red, or green, or blue, or purple! The trick here is to make sure it's faded and the roots come through.
The Black Bob: Perfect for more gothic or flapper-like kinderwhores! I have this style, and, for someone with naturally straight hair, it's very low maintenance!
Christina Ricci with a bang-less bob.
Bunches or pigtails are a very popular and childish style that's friendly to most hair, be it coloured, messy, or curly! These can be high or low, symmetrical or to one side!
Babydoll from Sucker Punch. She's pretty much a pristine-perfect styled-up kinderwhore, but we love her anyway.
Plaits are also a common-ish feature due to it's childish appearance, but are not for the low maintenance or lazy!
Mary-Kate Olsen, with a pretty (and scruffy) fishtail plait.

Next comes the hats and hair accessories, which come in a few varieties:

Hair/head/Alice bands: These come in lots of shapes, colours, patterns, and styles, so wild! Just keep in mind that it should look childish or cute.
Bows/Ribbons: These often look childish by default, so you really have an endless choice of styles to choose from here!
Lady GaGa. A really creative/bored kinderwhore could go one step further and make her hair the bow!
Plastic Barrettes: A very cutesy style of clip. They can be hard to find online or in charity shops, so attack those kids stores!
A barrette for every day! Source
Crowns or Tiaras are great for daring kinderwhores, and plastic ones are cheap and easy to find!
Courtney Love
A Sunhat will be perfect for hot weather, and could make even the most destroyed outfit look posh!
Babes in Toyland
Other options include army helmets, regular hair clips, hair flowers, bobby pins, slides, and even berets!

Next time, we'll look into the make-up of kinderwhore!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Kinderwhore, Part 3: Leg it!

This is going to be a two-in-one part, due to the closeness of legwear and footwear. This is often a part where childish and whorish are brought together, and can offer greater variety and chance for individuality than the dress.

First, the legs. There are various styles used, so how about a few common examples?

Knee-Highs are popular due to the childlike look they give and are ideal for those who wish to dress their legs without covering the knee up. These come in all sorts of colours and patterns, but plain white or cream ones will go with everything. Also, don't be afraid of darker or brighter colours, as they could give a fun pop of colour to a pastel dress!
Tights are another popular look, and are ideal for colder weather! These are typically seen in white, black, or maybe nude, though go crazy here! Some of the most kinderwhore-friendly patterns are striped and polkadot, though I own a lovely pair of heart-patterned ones! Tights are usually worn to the point of death, with lots of holes and ladders being common.

Stockings, like tights, are commonly torn, mainly by accident, but are a lot more restricting in terms of styles available. However, if you find a nice pair of patterned stockings, be sure to hold onto them!
Ankle socks are a rarity, but are just too lovely to skip over. These, like knee socks, come in all sorts of patterns and colours, so feel free to experiment!
Hole, again.

Now to the feet. footwear is often just said to be Mary Janes and Doc Martens, though there is sooo much else to choose from!

Mary Janes are the most obvious choice, given their childish appearance, however they come in so many styles! Flats, heels, platforms, wedges, black, white, red, pink; anything is possible with Mary Janes! Try and stick to relatively cheap ones, but if you're like me and adore Demonia's shoes too much, save up and get a pair!
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Combat boots are good for those times when your pretty shoes are inappropriate, such as when it's raining  snowing, or just too cold! For these times, combat boots come in handy. Docs are a clear winning in the hard-wearing department, though don't underestimate cheaper brands! Get them in leather, pleather, suede, faux suede, floral print, polka dot, plain, pre-worn. The options are endless!
Oxford shoes are that sort of shoe that is both common and uncommon. Whilst Courtney would always be in a pair of Mary Janes, Kat seemed to love Oxford shoes. These can come in flat or heeled styles, and are usually just in plain leather or pleather, but are great for when you tire of that pair of smart MJs.
Kat Bjelland
Other less popular looks include regular courts and heels, pumps, and maybe a pair of cheap flip flops in the summer.

Next time we'll delve into the depths or kinderwhore hair!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Kinderwhore, Part 2: Dresses Galore!

Dresses to Kinderwhore is like caffeine to a blogger, or strings to a guitar; that is, absolutely necessary. I believe that if Courtney and Kat never wore those peter-pan collar dresses, kinderwhore would be virtually non-existent. When you think of the style, the dress is typically the first thought.

However, I'd like to clarify that a peter-pan collar does not always make a dress kinderwhore. A kinderwhore dress has to be something other. I'd agree that the collar is a major element, but not every kinderwhore dress needs one. Mostly go for dresses above the knee and that are either floaty or shapeless, and have a childish feel to them. Material is usually no issue, but be aware that velvet, faux leather, and other typically costly and/or fashionable fabrics are not a good idea; cotton, polyester blends, wool, and satin are good ideas, and are often very cheap. So, how about some common, and not so common, types?

The Peter Pan collar

The most common type. The collar is typically associated with children's clothes, which is probably why it's so popular. Also, they have had a recent rise in mainstream popularity, so it's easier to get one off the high street. However, a truly kinderwhore peter-pan dress will come from a charity shop or thrift shop, and will hopefully have that funky old smell. Also, avoid ones with a bold or non-floral/spotted pattern. There's nothing really childish about Aztec designs. To be honest, I'd recommend that every kinderwhore have a black dress with a white/cream peter-pan collar. It'll go with anything and everything!
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The lace collar

This is similar to the peter pan collar, however a lace collar can come in a variety of styles, from a small ring around the neckline to a huge Puritan style collar. If you want to have a lace collar of any sort on your dress, it's a simple case of sewing some on; neatness and consistency is certainly no issue! If you want to be very daring, sew different pieces of lace to the collar to create something completely individual!
The Tea Dress

Tea dresses are another popular, if less seen, style worn by kinderwhores. Floral prints and spots of any sort are welcome, though you should typically stay away from the big bright coloured florals in favour of softer, or darker, styles. Finding these outside of those costly vintage shops can be hard, but they are just too pretty to give up searching for!
Courtney Love
The nightdress

This is an uncommon and sometimes tricky style to pull off. A nightdress can be a slip or nighty made of either lace, silk, satin, or chiffon. Typically, these come in creams, whites, and pastel shades. They make for perfect summerwear, as just the thought of wearing a knitted peter pan dress in such heat would make even the most dedicated kinderwhore sweat! Also, this look gives a nice contrast to the childish dresses, and could let you reverse the look a bit.
The plunge

This can be a common look, and is actually quite easy to pull off. It's even a very plus-size friendly style! Like the nightdress, It's ideal if you wish to reverse the look, too. This is basically just a low cut dress, and is very much a style that relies more on patterns, colours, and details than many of the others. Just look for something that's got a floaty skirt, faded colour, and has that secondhand smell and you'll be fine.
Ms Love again. She's the poster girl of kinderwhore for a reason.
The maxi

A rare find, but a find nevertheless. The maxi dress is a tough one to pull off, as it is neither really childish or whorish in appearance, put is pefect for summer and casual wear, so let me guide you through this. Simply, does it look like something a middle-aged lady would have worn a couple of decades back? If yes, then you're on the right lines. The key here is that it should look dated, and have a typically old lady pattern, such as florals and vine-y sorta patterns. Colours for these will typically be pastels and white, though you can find some in more daring colours that could easily fit the look you're going for. As for the shape: I'd recommend something loose and almost shapeless. This really gives off the traditionally grunge-y vibe.
My own maxi dresses (sorry about the quality). Note the dated design and lack of real shape.
Next time, we'll be looking into the socks and shoes of kinderwhore fashion!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Kinderwhore, Part 1: The basics.

Gah, apologies for not being active, but life (or lack of) has drained me of all motivation.
This is going to be a series of sorts defining and explaining Kinderwhore fashion in detail. When I first gained interest in the style, I found some basic articles that didn't really explain much, so I have decided to give a degree of detail typically unseen or overlooked.

Firstly, let's discuss the basics, i.e. everything that should really be covered before jumping into the whole dress conundrum!
Courtney Love: Queen of Kinderwhore?
Kinderwhore was a style created by either Courtney Love or Kat Bjelland (lead singers of Hole and Babes in Toyland respectively) circa late 1980s; the rise of the grunge era. The look can be described as a cross between childlike innocence and drunken whore, which could mayyybe in turn mock the whole basis of virgin/slut shaming? (I may be looking into it too deep or with a too modern view)

Now, the bit many guides don't mention is that, due to its deep grunge roots, hygiene is no priority when it comes to Kinderwhore. Hair is often left unbrushed and unruly, showering is more like a monthly ritual than a daily chore, and bath and shower gels are pretty much rejected. Instead girls would wear tons of deodorant or cheap perfume, though quite a few would prefer to smell of smoke and/or booze. This look is certainly not for neat freaks!

Another thing often ignored is where you should get your stuff. Let's be blunt: the high street's too mainstream, knockoff clothes break too easily, and vintage shops are just a rip off! So we're really just left with three options, all of which are perfect! First, charity shops. They're cheap and often durable, and it's better when you get used to the initially icky smell of old clothes just pulled out of a binbag and steamed. Secondly we have thrift stores. They'll probably cost even less, as stuff is priced based on its weight, and you could find some real gems. Only downside is that you may have to learn how to fix and adjust pieces with tears, holes, or broken fastenings. Finally, you could just steal some stuff from your friend, sibling, parent, ect. This does come with the risk of angry people, but if they too dress in a Kinderwhore style, you could both live off each other's wardrobe! eBay may also be an option, though be wary of the price. If it costs more than £15/$30, leave it. You want something that you wouldn't care so much about if it got torn or stolen.
Babes in Toyland. Note the messy hair.
The next post will be discussing dresses! Expect it up sometime this week.