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.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this post. And I love Kinderwhore. While I'm raging on about thing's I love, I also love Babes in Toyland! I can't wait to see the next instalment. :3