OOTD :: of anime, angst and adrogyny




from Wikipedia

Nana (ナナ?) is a Japanese josei manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa, serialized in Cookie published by Shueisha. The manga derives its title from the name of the two main characters, both of whom are called Nana. Nana Komatsu is a small town girl who goes to Tokyo to follow her boyfriend and college friends, with the hope of having her dream life. Nana Osaki was in a popular punk band in her home town. She goes to Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a singer. The two Nanas meet on the train ride to the city. Later, they run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment, and the girls decide to become roommates. The series chronicles their friendship and their lives as each chases her dreams.


Nana was a seminal anime for me out of all the titles I’ve consumed (and trust me, I’ve consumed hundreds!) because it was the one that helped shape my personal style. If I hadn’t already whole-heartedly identified with punker Nana Osaki’s brand of wounded cynic, then the badassery of her wardrobe would’ve cinched the deal.


Because plaid and combat boots and moto jackets are so right up my alley. And I may be tone deaf and may not be able to play an instrument to save my life, but I can certainly rock the look. Watching Nana – both the anime and the live-action drama – was what got me into Vivienne Westwood and rendered me penurious for an entire year as I acquired Viv Westwood swag, not the least of which is the knuckle ring that would eventually become my signature piece.

I did and do still bemoan the fact that my well-endowedness mars the whole rail-thin, adrogynous anime silhouette. And sometimes, in the wee hours of the dawn, I still have a hankering to chop off my hair, strut around with sneering 20-something angst and chain smoke while clutching a bottle of vodka.

A gal can dream, right?

Sadly, I am no longer blinded by the invincibility of youth. And I have to be a responsible grown up with responsible grown up responsibilities.

Style blogging is my escape from all that minutiae. So how fortuitous is it that this week’s Blogging Besties components consisted of “cognac bag, a white sweater, a statement necklace, an A-line skirt, wedges, and plaid”? Guess which elements I’m choosing to pass-on? Because guess who is using this linkup as an excuse to channel her inner anarchic punk rocker?

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Jacket – H&M
Skirt – Boohoo
Ring – Vivienne Westwood
Boots – ASOS

:: Linking ::
Blogging Besties @ Whitney a la mode and Undergraduate Style

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15 thoughts on “OOTD :: of anime, angst and adrogyny

  1. […] I’d put this whole look together, however, I realized it was practically identical to this one and I almost redid the whole thing because we all know how I hate being derivative. But I really […]

  2. Ada says:

    Your skirt and moto jacket are fab, Maricel. Love the gangsta yet feminine vibe you got going, here. =)

  3. jenortega says:

    Hmmm…I wonder if C would like that series : )

    • mtsedwards says:

      There are a few adult themes like sex and its unprotected results but I think it would be a good companion title to Cancino’s sex ed class. ;p

  4. Val S says:

    Shame on me for staying away so long! You look awesome, and you are full of badassery, and you inspire adult women to live their dreams! You rock (or whatever the current slang is).

    I’d love to work on your book! In fact, I can’t wait to read it and would love to be the first! 😀

    • mtsedwards says:

      I’ll take “rock”. Current slang or no, it’s high praise indeed.

      Well, lemme get through writing Part 1 and the stamps of approval from my 3 betas and then we’ll talk. ;D

  5. I really really enjoyed this post. It provided such a great window into your personality and personal style. I love how passionate you are about the things you love and that it really shines through in your clothes! I aspire to have my personality represented in what I wear as well as you do! P.S. Thanks for linking-up!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Wow! 0_0 Thanks, girl. You made my day. As I mentioned to Debbie, I’ve been questioning my validity and relevance in people’s lives lately (mainly my current students), so it’s heartening to hear I can inspire other people in other ways besides in my classroom. Thanks to you and Alex for such a fun, accessible linkup!

  6. You and I were both all punk rock looking this week! Do you realize how lucky our students are to have the coolest teachers everrr!!! LOL! You know I would absolutely wear this outfit, down to the last detail.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ha! Can you come to my school and tell them that? Because I think they think I’m boring and old and not very relevant in their lives. But I think I just have a bad batch this year…

  7. Kezzie says:

    I really like the look!!! X

    • mtsedwards says:

      Thanks so much. I actually ended up wearing red plaid skinnies instead in deference to the weather, but the vibe was totally the same.

  8. See, I’m always glad that I have curves when I wear tomboy clothes, because I absolutely, 100%, could not be mistaken for a guy, no matter how masculine I dress. I think masculine clothes on feminine curves are sexy!

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