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Cracker Your Wardrobe


Cracker Your Wardrobe is a style-on-the-street magazine based in Korea that features people from all over the world proudly displaying their fashion sense and personal style, similar to The Sartorialist:






































Even though we spend the bulk of our time here discussing runway and red carpet looks, to our way of thinking, fashion is at its most interesting when worn by real people just getting through their day. That's part of what makes a city like New York such a fabulous destination for those who like to observe the trends. The bigger the city, the more likely you are to see real innovation and expression in the clothes that people wear.

Not everyone can do what these people do. Most of us either don't have the skills to interpret clothing or don't have the interest. Which is fine, we can't all be innovators, but let's salute those people who are. It would be easy and thought-free to simply look at these people and say "What freaks!" but they're what makes city life interesting and even though most of them won't admit it, the editors and stylists and designers that drive the industry look to the people on the street to tell them what they're going to do next.

We look at these pictures and one thing jumps out at us: every single one of these people are immensely proud of what they're wearing. They should be. It not only takes real thought and expression, it also takes a certain amount of bravery. They're not just putting on outfits, they're expressing their innermost self through their clothing. So let's raise our coffee mugs in salute to the fabulous fashion freaks out there. Here's to self-expression; here's to style; here's to being brave just by getting dressed and going out.


[Photos: thecracker.co.kr]



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112 comments:

I think it was Fern who said that designers no longer influence the street. The street is now influencing the designers.

TampaBay


Viva la difference!

I give props to some of these guys. They'd be harrassed to no end in my neck 'o the woods.

But then again, haute mode here is if your camoflague jacket only had one clump of deer carcass on it.


These indeed are the true innovators out there, and they all look fabulous


I see Mr. Changepurse was dressed by Chicken Diva!


I'm digging the green "chain" scarf that one guy is wearing I instantly started designing it in my head and getting the knitting needles out.

These people are AWEsome. Thanks for posting this. Bravo and Brava to those brave peeps who are proud to steer away from the grey suit and little black dress!


I love the chain-link scarf! I think I'll knit one for the upcoming winter season.


They are FABULOUS!!!! Oh my god, I love this!!!!


I wore an outfit like the No. 3 look (guy with shorts over tights) when I was little. My mom made me change out of it. I'm still bitter.

But as inspired as I am to see all this creativity, this morning it's just making me wish I lived someplace where I could dress like this ALL the time!!!


CanIGetYouAnything?

This is such a treat, I'm a huge "people watcher." I just can't get enough.


Oh, I agree with you completely.
I love them all!
But have a particular fondness for Yellow Parasol Lady.
Also Leopard Skirt, Lime Coat and Bias Cut Stripe girls and lest I ignore the gentlemen Green Chain Link Scarf boy.


OH. MY. GOD. I die. I want that chain-link scarf NOW.


I've got to say that every once in a while, everyone should pull either the most outrageous thing in their closet or the must luxurious thing in their closet...

AND WEAR IT. Walk purposefully with your shoulders back. Don't slouch. If you must, wear dark glasses.

People will turn to look at you. People will treat you differently. It's like being a different person.

Our clothes become uniforms. It's really nice when our clothes can become costumes and grant us entry into a new and different world.


OK, you guys are beyond fabulous. This is awesome!!!

You see so much more of this in Europe and Asia. Americans are still too afraid to experiment with clothes.


When I saw "Cracker your wardrobe" I was expecting redneck fashion tips.


LOVE. IT. This is much better than The Sartorialist actually, the volume here is cranked up to the max.


If someone makes a pattern for the chain link scarf, could you post it? Pretty please?


Meh. I'm more impressed with the ones who also end up looking good as well as innovative, as opposed to "That looks...interesting, in a kitchen-sink kind of way." Trust, for every daring fashionista on the streets of NYC pulling it off, there are 10 more behind them who look like desperate posers.

And I wouldn't be so confident about street-style wholly influencing fashion. Lord knows every time something becomes "the next big thing" you see the majority of fashionphiles immediately wearing it afterward. I can't tell you how many gingham short-sleeve dress shirts and nerd glasses I have seen on the boys since that whole thing got started. Just because maybe 2 people wore it before then doesn't mean they started it.


Oh, I wish I had the courage to wear something like that. It must be liberating to play so over the top.


Yes this is fun. Many of these people clealry have a sense of fun and wit in their ensemble and style. And what did Tim say-there's a fine line between witty and being a joke and they manage to not cross that line

The chain scarf is the epitome of wit. And I love that spiked satchel the guy with the baby has on.

Frank


I, too, love the chain scarf--have TLo helped this guy start a trend . . . ?!


The guy with the blue tights is my favorite : )


Hear! Hear!
Every once in a while I try to do this, but I don't think I pull it off like these folks.


I love love love the lady in yellow!


This morning, as I was walking to the subway, I was thinking about that exact benefit of living in nyc, provoked by a colorfully dressed woman I walked passed yesterday at the park by my apt who had a huge boa constrictor wrapped around her neck. As I was thinking that, at 7am, I saw a man exposing his genitalia.
Anyway, a salute to the real characters to make city life interesting and colorful. Its couture street life. However, I wonder what Tim Gunn or Stacey and Clinton would say to these people. Full makeover, or would they appreciate?


There is a version of a chain scarf on Knitty here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTmarleysghost.html

It is a much smaller scale, but it would be easy enough to scale up, I would think.

Great stuff!


I adore the parasol lady. Right at this very minute I am going to go through my old 80's sock drawer and dig up some yellow socks!!
Love the chain link scarf, too.
Thanks for a most interesting and fun post!!!!


http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTmarleysghost.html
Found that link, hopefully this works.


The link keeps getting cut off. Just go to the site and search for the phrase "link". It's an editorial win.


Look #32 with the pants and skinny slacks looks like PPS' long-lost brother.


Anonymous said...
Look #32 with the pants and skinny slacks looks like PPS' long-lost brother.

7/29/09 11:04 AM


Crap. I meant GLASSES and skinny pants.


"Tlo said: The bigger the city, the more likely you are to see real innovation and expression in the clothes that people wear."



Exactamundo. I grew up in the burbs (which are all about conformity and banality), and was constantly asked if I was pledging for a sorority (as IF), because they thought my clothes were goofy.

What a relief to move to finally New York City (as soon as I could escape) where people have brains, style & individuality.

--GothamTomato


Thanks Sara and others for posting the pattern to the chain scarf. That pattern is felted, unfelted (washed in hot water) would make the scarf bigger. But it would be easy to do--stockinette stitch naturally curls in, so if you knitted 4 x 10 rectangles using worsted weight yarn on size 8 needles, then sewed the short ends together, looping them through each other to connect them, wouldn't be hard at all.


It looks more like "Merlin Your Wardrobe" than "Cracker Your Wardrobe"...


For those loving the chain link scarf and not having the knitting skillz, there are plenty available on etsy.


TLo said: here's to being brave just by getting dressed and going out.

Love you for that.


Note to Agnes Gooch:

For heaven sake get out of where you are and come to NY - we're all
waiting for you!!!


gloria-Can we stay at your place? LOL! LOL!

TampaBay


Love it. You guys just made my day!


The green link scarf looks like it is wet felted with wool roving, certainly one way to make this wonderful piece.

And, it doesn't take a large city to see this kind of street fashion. I live in a town of 1000 and we are filled with character dressing. 'Course we're a gay resort area in the redwoods, home of Lazy Bear weekends and such.

Nancy


Wow. It seems to feature equal parts men and women. That's so unusual for any fashion magazine/website.
Love it!


"StkrShock said...Right at this very minute I am going to go through my old 80's sock drawer and dig up some yellow socks!!"

I love that you have a sock drawer like that! Fun fun. =)


What strikes me is that many of these people look as though they got up in the morning and said to themselves, "I want to shock people by wearing something outrageous", rather than, "I want to wear something that enhances me, shows who I am, and works for what I'm going to do today." Now, it is certainly possible to do both. However, the former, standing alone, suggests that you have nothing of substance to offer the world, but merely wish to call attention to yourself.


"Lilithcat said...

What strikes me is that many of these people look as though they got up in the morning and said to themselves, "I want to shock people by wearing something outrageous", rather than, "I want to wear something that enhances me, shows who I am, and works for what I'm going to do today." Now, it is certainly possible to do both. However, the former, standing alone, suggests that you have nothing of substance to offer the world, but merely wish to call attention to yourself."


I disagree, I have many friends who dress like that because that's how they feel about fashion and style and that's how they are and it works for what they're going to do that day, as you stated above.

Just because something is shocking to some, it doesn't mean that that was their main goal, just to shock.


I'm inspire by the old lady in lemon. Parasols! I also love how, as TLo observed, every single one of of these people is proud of their mode of expression.


TampaBay said...
gloria-Can we stay at your place? LOL! LOL!

Come on over!!!


Are you sure that's not just the before pictures for the next few seasons of What Not To Wear?


Trust, for every daring fashionista on the streets of NYC pulling it off, there are 10 more behind them who look like desperate posers.

And then they wind up on latfh.


Agree with Shemima and Lilithcat.

It is great to express inidividuality and being yourself, but still..

In early high school I had bright yellow patent mid calf, leather boots (with white ribbed soles) - how i loved those boots. I took crap from just about everyone, but I wore them happily - until the dog chewed one up, I wondered whether my brother smeared meat or peanut butter on my boots!

But I wore them as an accent (like with jeans, dark pants, etc), not as a costume - with loud stripes, polka dots, and a mini over shorts over leggings, in Red, orange, green and silver and dirty.

...Go, enjoy yourself, but don't be surprised if people look at you and think, that person is insane.


I think the lady with red spikes has shoe holders on the back of her dress.


Love.


StkrShock said . . ."my old 80's sock drawer"

Haha!! Love that, too. Do you have a '90s sock drawer, too?


That guy's picture in #8 has sleeves that he stole off of Leanne's wedding dress!


I dunno... the majority of these looks are as baffling, unappealing, and as randomly-strung together as the title of the journal that chronicles said wardrobe crackering.


I have a pair of long sholuder duster (and I do do mean real shoulder duster length) rhine stone earrings. They are gaudier than anything JLo ever thought about owning or wearing

I love to wear them with a whte T-shirt, jeans and jean jacket. They don't look gaudy with this outfit just too over the top. Any place I go that being too over the top is ok, I always where this outfit. Therefore, I look for places that are too over the top.

The point: Find a place to wear what you want to wear and go there as often as you can.

TampaBay


Ummmm... TLo, while I'd like to say that these people are all on the cutting edge of their own fashion, I can't.

They all look like the fashion victims from the first 4 seasons of "How Do I Look"?

Save them, Finola Hughes!

~muellersdayoff


mummy needs champagne

Amen, sisters! People like these are my inspirations. I love them not for the looks, but for their thoughts and expression.

Sometimes it's hard for me to explain to my non-fashion-oriented acquaintances (and boyfriend! alas!) exactly WHY a personal look matters. The people in the pictures, though, have so much joy in their looks. Seeing them gives me the inspiration to keep it up.

Wonderful post, TLo!


suzq said:

"I've got to say that every once in a while, everyone should pull either the most outrageous thing in their closet or the must luxurious thing in their closet...

AND WEAR IT. Walk purposefully with your shoulders back. Don't slouch. If you must, wear dark glasses. "

YESYESYES! This is a really fun game and people really do treat you differently. Even if you're wearing the most retro or craziest thing in your closet, if you just wear the hell out of it, most people give you respect.


LOVE the Lady in Yellow. Love the matchy-matchiness of her. Take THAT, Stacy and Clinton!


while I'm all for letting one's inner freak flag fly high, I also think that Lillithcat and Lisa have the right of it in that the majority of these looks do have a forced outrageousness to them that isn't always flattering or attractive.

but, having said that, part of what moves fashion forward is folks being able to think - and dress - outside the lines, so that's what makes this worth celebrating.

the name, however, "Cracker Your Wardrobe" does call to mind hillbilly overalls and shotguns....could the creativity not have extended to finding a more appropriate name for this show?

srq


Oh no, never freaks! These people are great. I couldn't pull it off and I applaud them!


Great Post, guys. I couldn't agree more. I wish I had the fashion sense these guys have.


When I was in high school, I so would have been one of these people. But then you grow up, realize you are an attorney and put on your suit or cardigan :-P. I still love funky tennis shoes and sandals though.

I too will be trying to make one of those chain scarves. Such an interesting look and I'm suprised I didn't think of it before!


I am wondering, however, if many of these people dressed this way HOPING that Cracker Yourself was out on the streets taking pictures that day, or if they called all their buds and said, "Get down to 34th and Franklin Street, dude, and wear the freakiest thing you can find! Cracker Yourself is on the prowl!" just to get in the magazine.


There is a chain-link scarf in Teva Durham's book Loop-d-Loop. It's on the cover:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1584794143/nightsandweek-20/103-7603661-6611042?creative=327641&camp=14573&link_code=as1


I like looks # 8, 13, & 15. I'd totally wear look 8 if I could get away with it.


It seems I have a thing for spikes. I love the woman with the cigarette and the guy holding the baby.

Also the guy right above him, wearing the huge scarf and the flood pants; and Parasol Woman is awesome. I want to be her when I get old.

I feel so alone. The chain link scarf is lost on me. Oh well. Whatever blows up your skirt. Or parasol.


I found this Alex Loop-n-Link scarf knitting kit at lunchtime. It has a DVD and is meant for 7-year-olds (my knitting level exactly)!
http://tinyurl.com/mgsz3u


another link to a pattern for the chain link scarf:

http://coburgchoir.blogspot.com/2008/04/free-pattern-benetton-inspired-chain.html

Check out the Wardrobe_Remix group on Flickr. It's chock full of street fashion photos.


I love the girl's outfit in the 5th row down on the left.

The pants are crazy enough, so the simple coat goes great with it.

But really, I like most of the looks, because they'll all unique and interesting.

If only I actually had a sense of style :p


Sigh...I moved from Los Angeles 2 years ago to a small town in East TN. Besides family and friends, what I miss most of all is the individuality and freedom of all kinds of expression, not just fashion...and Trader Joe's.

Auntie EC


Fabulous! I love this!!


Simon Doonan celebrated these innovators in his book Wacky Chicks. He concentrates on women in the book, but obviously he is no less a Wacky Chick than any of the ladies he interviewed.


Oh TLo, thank you! This is the spirit of fashion I love to see. Thank you for doing a blog entry on it!


I love every single one of these looks. I see people dressed up like that on occasion and I think to myself, "I want to be one." I know that it's easier for people to do in a city since it's such a grounds for self-expression and diversity. It's tougher in a suburb, where I'm at now. I'm slowly working my way to getting better pieces and building my confidence to just get out there. :)


Brooklyn Bomber said:
Love.


StkrShock said . . ."my old 80's sock drawer"

Haha!! Love that, too. Do you have a '90s sock drawer, too?

-----------
LOL!! I guess I should have said 80's-90's sock drawer!!! I collected every color and pattern of socks I could find, and I can't bring myself to toss them!!! Maybe I'll just become a parasol lady!!!!


StkrShock said...
Maybe I'll just become a parasol lady!!!!



I already am one. *giggle hairflip*


Awww, thanks guys, I'll get on the road to NYC in a jiffy. Just as soon as I pack up the kids, the hubby and the cat (she's a puker but really sweet). Off to find my shorts over tights outfit!!


StkrShock said Maybe I'll just become a parasol lady!!!!

Parasols are lovely things. I carry my white lace parasol in the summer, while dressed in white linen, and courtly gentlemen have been known to tip their hats and compliment me.


Just to let you guys know that chain link scarf is out there already. Search the internet for the pattern and check retailers like Urban Outfitters, which I believe carried it last winter.


Thanks for posting about street-fashion! I love people daring to wear whatever floats their boat and being proud of it.
I've been struggling to keep -or rather regain - my personal sense of styling and I tip my hat to anyone who can pull it off. They all look interesting and outrageoiusly fab. I wouldn't be able and wouldn't want to pull off any of those looks, but I appreciate the incredible diversity of street fashion and people's pride and happiness that comes with wearing their own unique style.


Where do these ppl work?? I always wonder that when I see the more outrageous dressers who have teh crazy hair to match. There are only so many co-ops and radical organizations avalible.

I guess because im sort of surrounded by this on a daily basis, its not very innovative. Maybe thats not the best description but lets just say its a category that most ppl aren't as exposed to. See it long enough and it becomes just as banal as Uggs.

I do think that ppl who choose to be the extreme end make it easier for the less extreme to go out and try things they usually wouldn't. There is always someone stranger than you so you feel much less self conscious. They can be inspiring in that way, but ultimatly for the number of radicals out there, only a small percentage manage to pull it off. Its very overdone.


Putting together a bunch of mismatched patterned crap is not a "style," and it does not look good to anyone other than Red Hat Lady-types a little too enamoured with their supposedly quirky individuality.


While some are really cool and original, most belong on www.latfh.com.


Anonymous
7/29/09 6:29 PM
While some are really cool and original, most belong on www.latfh.com.


Sing it, sister.


Ugh. Up close, the spikes on this dress look like dog penises up close. Why in the world would anyone wear this?!?


Cracker your wardrobe, or your wardrobe on crack...it's all a very fine line.


StkrShock says "old 80's sock drawer"

Ah, the memories. I just now have a hankering to see my 80's era coral/pink socks with palm trees. Sadly, they got tossed several moves back along with my yellow banded, beach scene Swatch Watch.

My father-in-law had an envelope that was labeled "Cars I Have Owned." Inside were snapshots of every car he'd owned and loved over the years. It was so cool.

I am wishing I had an envelope that was labeled "Clothes I Have Loved."

I love the photos - more power 'em. I do think it takes courage to look out of the ordinary. I'd much rather be the one who gives them props than be Nelson (The Simpson's character) standing on the sidelines always waiting to say "Ha Ha."


The only one fully pulling off head-to-toe crazy is this girl. What an eye she has! I would wager ten to one she works in fashion. Many of the others look very smug and amused by themselves playing dress-up.


I did a sort of mental appraisal of the women around me in the stores today and couldn't help I was better turned out ... especially compared to the one overweight lady with the black t-shirt that said,"Ask me about my tattoo."

And then I got back from the grocery store and there on the front of my cut-out "Swig" t-shirt with the big martini on it, rested the remains of a two taco order from Jack In the Box.

So don't caste dispersions if you live in a glass house.


*cast aspersions


"Sewing Siren said...

Oh, I agree with you completely.
I love them all!
But have a particular fondness for Yellow Parasol Lady."


Me too, she looks lovely.


Anonymous
7/29/09 6:29 PM
While some are really cool and original, most belong on www.latfh.com.

Sing it, sister.


Anon and Kali, I love you both! ahhhhh hipsters! I've never seen this site before, I will be passing on this gem :P


Love most of it! Parasol lady wins!


It's very similar to http://www.streetpeeper.com


I extra-specially love this post, guys! I'm surpised and inspired that there are so many men out there pushing the boundaries along with the ladies.


Some of those looks are...a lotta look. You have to admire those with balls enough to wear some of those outfits.


Did they remove one piece before leaving the house?


This is a sweet is reminder to us that fashion doesn’t always have to be serious and uptight. Thank you for the post, TLO.


Korea is wild, I love it.


I had to to check out all the photos from all the previous issues. They're awesome!


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

This is so cool. I LOVE street fashion.


You guys might know about this, but there's a similar magazine in Japan called Fruits, but the focus is on street fashion in Shinjuku/Harajuku. (Though...I remember you guys hate Gwen Stefani and she's super into it, right?) But there's also photobooks available in the U.S. (Fruits and Fresh Fruits). A lot of it is in the same vein as CYW.


Nap24f said...

Did they remove one piece before leaving the house?

BWHWHAHAHAHAHAA!


too many cats

About the chains.
Sorry, but they are not innovative.
Apparently they're a play on the real chains (that are really that massive, but in iron) that are used in strength and conditioning training.
The guy lifts the weight with chains reaching down to the floor, and the weight increases with the lift.

Just thought someone might not know this.


fashionablylate

Uh, no. There's individuality and quirkiness, and then there's bad taste and color blindness - most of these fall into the latter catagories. Sorry, next!


fashionablylate

Except for the guy in the yellow blazer and red pants - gotta admit I do like that look :)


"Agnes gooch said: Off to find my shorts over tights outfit!!"



Yes, you'll have to change into your shorts over tights outfit before you get here, as we no longer have phone booths. This sad turn of events cramps the style of many a superhero.

--GothamTomato


Some of it is quirky and and fabulous, some of it is WTF and fabulous. Loves it.


I love things like this... like books "Fruits" and "Fresh Fruits" that are collections of photos that were taken of people in Tokyo. And Style Arena which is a site that takes pictures of people walking down the street. I love wearing something that's different and in a way people wouldn;t normally wear that thing.


I never understood why people would want to look effortless when they can put together things like this. <3


this reminds me a lot of two books i have seen called "fruits" and "more fruits" they are showcases of harijuku style outfits worn in japan- they are super fun books


don't these looks qualify for a costume though?


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