Friday, September 24, 2010

Stars and Stripes

I found this little tunic at Goodwill just before we left for Burning Man. Out on the playa I wore it as a super-short minidress, with just a bikini bottom underneath. Back in the real world though, it's relegated to the role of tunic, and will be worn strictly over skirts or pants. The starry scarf came with the tunic and is actually designed to be used as a belt, but for this outfit I wanted the contrast of a black belt, so I swapped in one of Mark's designs and wore the original belt as a scarf.

One thing I noticed about this tunic is that while it's really comfortable for normal wearing, the sleeves are a little too tight for the hunched-over position required for riding a mountain bike. Which reminds me that I really hate riding mountain bikes. So if this tunic goes back to the playa again, it'll either be with cut-off sleeves or, preferably, I'll be riding a cruiser bike instead.

Burning Man bikes are a whole phenomenon in and of themselves. First of all, the alkaline playa dust is highly corrosive, which means you really don't want to take a nice expensive bike out there. And then, with the thousands of bikes scattered all over the playa, it's important to be able to readily identify yours, as well as light it up thoroughly for nighttime visibility. So what you'll see out there is an amazing assortment of lavishly decorated, incredibly beat up and rusty bikes, many wrapped with EL-wire, which can be used to create all sorts of spectacular effects against the black background of the desert. Every year as August approaches, beater bikes become a hot commodity in and around San Francisco, which is good to know if you're looking to unload an old rusty bike.

Shirt: Target
Tunic: thrifted
Belt: Audra Jean
Jeans: Acne
Boots: All Black


Healthy and Homemade said...

Get a cruiser cos those sleeves are awesome. Love this whole look.

jungleworldcitizen said...

It is beautiful!
Have a great Saturday!

C said...

Yeah, I'm a huge fan of this tunic. And the striped sash as a necktie/scarf is fantastic.

Oh, and the more I hear about Burning Man, the more I HAVE to go.

Raquelita said...

Do I recall correctly that you aren't a fan of riding bicycles of any sort?

I love the tunic!

Sara said...

lol that tunic is so you.

Tina said...

A minidress?! Damn, girl. If I had your legs I probably would too.

Audi said...

LHdM: You're correct, although riding bikes at Burning Man is tolerable because the terrain is perfectly flat. I'll still never love it though.