alternative curves | your lyrics are dumb like a linoleum floor

riot grrl // margot meanie

I’m just squeezing this in before the time is up to enter this months #alternativecurve blog hop, phew!!

This months theme was “riot grrl heroines” and this one is pretty dear to my heart as riot grrl had a hefty hand in shaping my early self.

I came late to riot grrl, by the time I was aware of it, it was 2000/01, I had just graduated high school, I was 18 or 19 and just moved into the city, I was just getting into the internet as it wasn’t accessible out in the country where we lived {remember the glories of dial up?!} I had finally started downloading music and had found a treasure trove of goodness.  But, by the time I found anything “riot grrl” it had already packed up and gone home, or grown up, or what have you.  But, the music endured and I found it.

I loved nothing more than finding the loudest, angriest, nosiest rocked out all girl bands and making mix cds with Monty Python soundbites in between tracks, to listen to for my morning commute.   I discovered the music first and the movement second and I was swept away with both.

Sleater-Kinney, Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, Babes in Toyland, Bikini Kill Huggy bear, The Red Aunts, L7 {though they pre riot grrl, and more grunge, but I freakin loved them!!} the list goes on and on!  I just wanted to consume as much all grrrl rock I could handle.

riot grrl // margot meanie

But this post is about the fashion of riot grrl.  I have to admit to being a bit stumped on what I was going to wear.  I thought about all the popular styles of the time, but didn’t want to look like I was sporting a costume.  Then a few things donned on me.

  1. Riot grrls didn’t have one look, everyone wore whatever the hell they wanted to wear.  Some girls were super femme, others were tomboys.  Some put a lot of effort into their look, while for others it was an afterthought, or not a thought at all.  There was vintage aspects as well as modern {for the time} clothing.  There was a heavy grunge influence, because it was happening at the same time.

2.I am still a riot grrl.  I am just a grown up riot grrl.  In fact, I think what’s going on in the whole “fatshion” scene is very riot grrl!!

So, I just decided to wear what I want.  And what I wanted to wear is this super cute, pink plaid diner style dress.  I think it definitely nods to the era, which is probably why I bought it in the first place.

You all know I don’t wear a ton of colour.  So this dress is not something I rock often, I have to be in the mood, but goshdarnit, it is cute! I liked to give it a bit more edge with the knee socks and platform boots.  I also couldn’t find my black cardi I was going to wear, but my husbands showed up in the search, so I wore his instead! riot grrl // margot meanieriot grrl // margot meanie

dress – dress911{sold out} cardigan – my husband’s, knee socks – DIY, boots – thrifted

did you listen to any riot grrl music? were you into the scene or was it before your time, like me?  Below is a quick documentary on riot grrl, it’s 39 minutes long, but once you start you won’t want to stop it!

As I mentioned, this is part of a blog hop, organised by Miss Kobi Jae, if you are a blogger and are interested in joining the hop, join us on our fb page  or you can always join the community on instagram by using the hashtag #alternativecurves and following the @alternativecurves page!


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the song the lyrics are from this week is Le Tigre – Deceptacon 

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5 thoughts on “alternative curves | your lyrics are dumb like a linoleum floor

  1. Yes! I feel the riot grrl mood in this outfit! You look fantastic, and pink looks amazing on you!
    I loved using the riot grrl,and, punk scenes in my Sociology presentations, as they were what I considered myself apart of.
    Also I used to use clips from the Muppets, &, movies in my mix cd’s!

  2. Tee hee hee you DANG CUTIE! I love you in this dress. Well, I mean I loves you all the time – but this dress is HOT STUFF! You look good enough to mosh with 😉

    Also, I freaking adore the idea of your mix tapes with Monty Python soundbites interspersed. I hope you’ve still got some of them in the archives somewhere! ❤ xx

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