Meet Lizz: She’s Naked Underneath Her Clothes

Oh hai, I’m Liz, and I want to talk to you about fashion. For instance: I look good in high heels but they hurt my feet and skinny jeans sit too low on my hips. I know. Big fat first world problems. But what can I say? I like to think about what I wear. A lot. Also what you wear. And everyone else. That’s right, I care just a little too much about fashion. Believe me, though, you’ll care soon too. I know, it’s scary. Fashion? What? Are you saying I can’t wear my Chucks and American Apparel hoodie every day forever ever? I understand your trepidation. Fashion is hard, and sometimes people who talk about it are annoying and intimidating. Also, you might be sitting there squinting at my user icon wondering “Is this chick even remotely qualified to be writing about this?” What great questions! Luckily I have answers for them.

LILO-ESQUE FASHION STATEMENT

First of all, let’s get real: flannel is a fashion statement. Birkenstocks are a fashion statement. Alternative hairstyles are fashion statements. And that’s AWESOME. Life would be so damn boring if we didn’t get to wake up every morning and costume ourselves in new and interesting ways, and those things all fit that description. However, even something as simple as dressing can start to get complicated if you’re a lesbogay. There’s all this weird pressure to “dress like a lesbian,” because otherwise you’re “dressing like a straight person,” which is weird because you kinda just wanna dress like you. Moreover, the undeniable truth is that many of us also want to telegraph our queerness to other gay women. But what if you want to wear 50s style dresses and make sure other women know you’re gay? Is there a kind of queer fashion that isn’t based in combat boots or flattops? And what if you also work a 9-5 job where you’d rather not start a lengthy conversation about sexual orientation with your 65-year-old male boss? Well, I guess you’d be in the same position as me.

So for me, fashion matters. Sometimes it’s goofy, sometimes it’s a complicated reflection of our inner selves and sometimes we just want someone to tell us how we’re supposed to wear those goddamn infinity scarves. But regardless of how you slice it, we are all affected by the fabric we choose to wrap ourselves in. Well… except nudists. Nudists can ignore my writing.

In conclusion: fashion matters and I’m going to write about it here at “Liz’s Latest Thing.” Am I qualified? Hell no. I’m a research tech in a genetics lab. Luckily, I’m completely self involved. I spend nearly all of my time thinking about making sure other people see me the way I want to be seen, which means I spend a lot of time online shopping and reading magazines. Okay, and full disclosure: I’ve done a lot of costume design so I am a tiny bit qualified when it comes to the structure/color/fabric part. But that’s not the point. The point is that I’m writing about style for young queer women without a stake in looking “butch” or “femme” but who are interested in looking “hot” and “awesome.” Because no one else is and I always wish they would.

Of course Autostraddle already has awesome fashion coverage on a variety of fascinating topics, and therefore I’m excited to join a team that includes such wonderful writers and guest-writers and am going to do my very best — which is pretty damn good — to bring something new/consistent to this very stylish table.

DOESN'T LOOK THAT GAY UNTIL YOU REALIZE I WORE IT AT A WOMEN'S FRISBEE GAME

But seriously, the infinity scarf… do I just loop it twice around my neck? Really? That’s it?

Lizz is a consumer, lover and writer of all things pop culture and the Fashion/Style Editor at Autostraddle.com. She is also full time medical student at Brown University in Providence, RI. You can find her on the twitter, the tumblr or even on the instagram.

Lizz has written 276 articles for us.

39 Comments

  1. Preach it, sister!!!! <3<3 I love fashion too… luckily, i live in Japan so ALL the lesbians here are fashion conscious. even the plaid wearing grrls smother themselves in louis vuitton or gaultier hommes. but yes, being a queer femme is always a tricky business, and i love people who tackle the topic with wit and sass. i can't wait to read more of your thoughts!!

  2. excited!!!!

    what do you wear to lab? i always end up with basic shirt/v-neck + jeans cause i dont want to ruin my other decent clothes that i wear when i go out. also, what about shoes?

  3. I totally agree with the wanting to telegraph your queerness without starting a lengthy conversation with the boss about sexual orientation. I wish we had a super duper secret accessory like some sort of wristband that only queer women knew about. le sigh

  4. This will be a fun column. I look forward to hearing more about it! Love the dress, too.

    I do not get made for gay. That fact just galvanized my assertiveness – always had to make the first move rather than wait around to get picked up.

    My wife and I just had a fashion moment over the Tevas she purchased. Umm, yea, cannot stand those things, and apparently silence and a smile is not the OPTIMAL choice when voice-activated shopping affirmation is needed. I realize their practicality, mmkay, but at our ages (40s), they scream “middle-aged Mom who has just given up” when one is not battling the Amazonian rapids. Blegh.

    I will not be surprised when the zinger comes for me after that one … it will probably be pretty sundress-related. Ha!

  5. First and foremost I want to make sure to tell you that I love your energy! A girl can only handle so much of the everyday politics and latest gay bashing news before she goes bazurk. Secondly I hope to be able to benefit from your posts becuase I wear jeans and hoodys day in and day out and I dont even know what an infinity scarf is….PLEASE HELP!

    P.S. I blame my lack of fashionable knowledge on my lazy older sister. It is becuase of her I didnt even learn to apply make up till I was 17. Still not sure Im doing it right!

  6. LA FASHION WEEK!

    Sorry, that’s been repeating itself in my head the whole time i was reading this article. Homegirl must have been super excited for the real L Word!

    Regardless, rock on with your fashionable self! I couldn’t understand a single thing you were talking about. I feel like i’ve achieved “fashion” success if I have my pants on with the zipper in the front!

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