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An Appreciation of the Emily Kaldwin Aesthetic

I LOVE playing as Emily Kaldwin. I just … I need to tell you guys that. She’s such a rare sort of video game protagonist, a lady who’s not sexualized. 

Shit, she’s even WEARING CLOTHES I WOULD WANT TO WEAR. That NEVER happens in games! Like, I think Lara Croft in the new games had a couple of cool, optional outfits, and some of Commander Shepard’s outfits were all right (boob plate though). But Emily’s clothes are a power fantasy for me. 

Obligatory disclaimer: there is nothing wrong with super feminine or revealing clothes, and if that’s what you like, more power to you. But as someone who has complicated feelings about gender, who enjoys dressing androgynously, Emily’s clothes are a damn revelation. 


The black boots! The long, dark coat with gold detailing, shiny buttons, and high collar! The hint of a crisp, tailored white shirt underneath. Pants! A big ol’ belt! It’s so cool. It’s how I’d dress every damn day if I was a literal empress. 

AND SHE GETS TO FROWN. Sweet Jesus, she gets to sound tired, and frown, and grunt in a fight. 

Look at my girl, RIGHTEOUSLY PISSED. 

She’s taken seriously by the story, by her enemies, by everyone, as a real threat. And she gets to look damn good taking back her throne. 

*swoon* 

Dolman, ca. 1735, probably France or Hungary, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest.

To say the truth, I don’t even know what is going on here but I love it. All of it: the colour, the fabric, the pattern, the details, the buttons, the silhouette. Everything.

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oop, i haven’t put anything up here in forever, but birdburg is still alive and well and i might even feel like putting up a dream address soon! in the meantime, here is a simple button-down plaid, in red and blue, feat. a pocket and some cute button details on the sleeves. hope u enjoy~

Pro-tip if you want to help your infp to get into something new: excite their Ne instead of scaring their Si. For example, if you want them to go to a restaurant with you:

“Hey, I found this super-cool restaurant that has this dish you like so much and also it’s in agreement with that important value of yours, also they have this super-creative thing!”

infp: WHEN CAN WE GO THERE, DO YOU THINK I SHOULD WEAR THIS?

Don’t do this:

“You never go out with me, why can’t we just go to any restaurant for once? I’m sure it wouldn’t be so bad!”

infp: *locks self in room*

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Doris Day’s costumes in Midnight Lace (1960)

My clothes for Midnight Lace were every bit as stunning as they had been in Pillow Talk. In this case the couturière was Irene, darling Irene, who was one of my dearest friends. And one of the most talented designers of Hollywood. Irene was a very classic designer, not of a French look, but of an elegant American look. Irene’s choice of fabrics, the attention to detail, the buttons, beading, use of chiffon – what a super gown she created! She also did imaginative and creative things with fur which suited me terribly well – of course; that was back in the days when “fur” had not yet become a dirty word. - Doris Day