SUMMER STYLE: MONDO TRASHO AND GIRL GANGS



My mother should be concerned.

With every seasonal shift, I inadvertently go off in search of new inspiration for my clothing, home decor, art, and attitude. In previous years, it's always been seemingly harmless: one summer I was obsessed with everything that reminded me of Lisa Frank. Another summer I was Betty Draper. Another summer I created my life to match the "Rabbit Fur Coat" album. Another summer I cut off my hair and replaced all of my clothes with black skinny jeans and white v-necks to channel Elvis from "Jailhouse Rock". Yes, that actually happened. Yes it was awesome. No it didn't last.

This summer's inspiration is far from clean cut and I have no intention of shying away. This summer is kitschy, bizarre, brash, unapologetically tacky, mildly unnerving, charmingly disturbing and strange as only the transition from 60's to 70's can be.

This summer is all about cheap beer, gaudy cat eye sunglasses, John Waters on VHS, stale sprinkled donuts, Aqua Net, and motherfucking girl gangs.






I really am starting a girl gang. Wanna join?







If I was going to be totally honest, I'd probably just tell you that I want to be Divine from Female Trouble. Period.

Many of these images are from the astoundingly talented Nadia Lee, and sources for all other images can be found here.

Do you have inspiration this summer? Is it themed? What about it caught your eye? Do tell.

36 comments

  1. Ummmm you are perfect. That is all I can say.

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  2. Oh dude, I am so freakin' on board. I can't wait to see outfit pictures!

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  3. I'll be in your girl gang!

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  4. I'm so happy that you have Cry Baby up there! When I was younger I watched it and ALWAYS wanted to be in a gang like that.

    I don't think I have a theme this summer, it'll probably be my "save the Earth" stuff some more, but I'm down with that 'cause Mama Earth is pretty rad. OH! I'm a part of her gang!!! =D

    I can't wait to see your summer, it's going to be awesome.

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  5. Let the Divine Summer begin!

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  6. this whole post is pretty much perfect.

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  7. I just started reading your blog about a week ago and I love it! This summer I am trying to learn about wicca and paganism. I want to plant a garden, and use the things I grow in the food I make. As for clothes, I'm not quite sure. I want to try to get things I wouldn't usually. But always colorful.

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  8. John Waters yes! Love it! I'm currently obsessed with high waisted jean shorts and chambray, so my inspiration is the 90s. It may be on trend, but I don't care.

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  9. Love, love, love! These photos are bloody brilliant! Also I'm ready and willing to be in your girl gang, any time! :) xx

    Lemon-freckles.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. YES, I call Tracy Turnblad.

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  12. I think I need some budgies to walk around with hanging out on my hoop earrings...

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  13. I am feeling this inspiration so hard. For me, this summer's all about adventure shoes (just kidding, chunky black booties) and sundresses all the time, and everything geometric, and things that dimly remind me of Arizona and the rest of the Southwest. But come fall, I might start channeling that Girl Gang Look.
    And, for the record, I will TOTALLY join your girl gang.

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  14. Don't know if you know Kate Nash in the states but her latest style incarnation totally fits this! She's even started a 'Rock and Roll school for girls'... shes amazing x

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  15. You swapped me! For a milkmaid! I heart John Waters and I would love to join your girl gang!

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  16. I am in Love with your theme!! I am a new follower and if I didn't love you before I do now. I definitely want to join your gang.

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  17. Yes!!!! I wanna be part of the girl gang! I found a straw pork pie hat that has inspired me this season. I think brass knuckles and eye liner will go perfectly.

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  18. I love me some gaudy cateyes!

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  19. I love that you had an Elvis phase, that sounds so cool. Are there pictures of that? I can't wait to see some outfit pictures in the next few months. I want to join your girl gang!

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  20. I love this! I can't wait to see where you take this <3

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  21. Ain't nothing wrong with this.
    I'm a huge Divine & John Waters whore.

    LPM

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  22. Please let me into your gang. I will draw a John Waters mustache upon my face and be the mustachioed Frida of the team.

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  23. What the fuck. Everything about this post is perfection. Can you come to LA so we can watch John Waters movies on VHS together?

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  24. I love cat eye glasses. I want them. Now.

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  25. 1) Divine AND CryBaby (both with Ricki Lake!) in the same post? Too fucking awesome for words!!!

    2) I *NEED* - and I do mean ABSOLUTELY NEED - those silver glittery platform boots in my life. I would rock those things like no one's business!!

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  26. The only thing this post needs and I mean REALLY needs is Ricky Lake in the pink dress with the bugs all over it. All time favorite dress ever worn by anyone ever..

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  27. I am abso-frickin-lutely down for a Divine summer!

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  28. Sign me up! There can never be too much kitsch or trash!

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  29. YES! I want to join your Girl Gang! That would be sooooo much fun! Im so looking forward to where this goes...

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    1. Probably another fatty who wants society to end the war on obesity. It's hear to stay, deal with it!

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  30. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS PERFECT.

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  31. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST IS PERFECT

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  32. SIMPLESMENTE FANTÁSTICO !!!...

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  33. This post is just trash. You want to wear A&F, huh? then lose some weight or you can always shop at the Dress Barn, which seems more appropriate for your size.

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  34. There are all sorts of shops that cater towards different body types, Lane Bryant would be your shop. Do you think Big & Tall men's shops should change their marketing to gear towards 5'3" 135lb men? That is absurd. Posting these photos speaks volumes to your issues with weight control so perhaps you should address the REAL issue!

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