Internet! Wake up! I have risen from my torpor for another edition of Boyz Noize!!
The summer heat has finally arrived at the Astral Boutique headquarters and it's time to re-evaluate our wardrobe choices. Just a few blogs ago I was espousing the virtues of vests, ponchos and sandals with socks- now I must recant! It's too damn hot to wear anything but a shirt and shorts! Maybe keep your vest nearby in case it gets chilly at night and a poncho is good since it doubles as a blanket but socks are officially on The List until further notice. Let those toes breathe!
While we're talking adequate ventilation, it's time to take the ultimate plunge- we must boldly go where no well-dressed human has ventured before- set the controls for the heart of the Muu Muu Zone!! Yes, the ginormous, eye-bursting, utterly tropical Muu Muu will become a staple in the summer wardrobe of the truly adventurous. Trust my prescience, dear reader, and begin to feel breezes where you've never felt them before.
A Google image search of "Man Muu Muu" yielded exactly ZERO images! That kind of pioneering fashion spirit can't be bought, people, it can only be embraced by the truly brave. While caftans and dashikis ride high on a wave of ethnocentric largesse, the playful Muu Muu retains it's outsider status. I'll start with a few images culled from Etsy for how ladies can embrace this much-maligned article then move on to the lads. By the way, Muu Muus are all over Etsy- if you need one, you can find it there. Curiously, they're almost all displayed on mannequins and showroom dummies- as if the store proprietors were scared to rock these things. Give them life! Make them move and sway in the air-conditioned breeze!
First off, the dread sistren of Rogue Retro knows color when she sees it- this is just one of the many Muu Muus on offer there-
It's amazing to me that society was once so playful and carefree that these fabrics were ever mass-produced. Come back, 1967! All is forgiven! If this is too psychedelically ethnocentric for you city folk, perhaps you can take a swing at a more sophisticated, tiki-oriented vibe like this young lady from FabGabs-
Now, for the lads, it's time to take yet another lesson from cosmic jazz pioneer Sun Ra who publicly lamented the dearth of loose, flowing garments for men. Thus, he had custom robes made for the entire Arkestra- hand-made from sparkly metallics and glittering rayons. Just look at this picture-
Doesn't he seem to be saying "Take my hand- follow me to a magical land of music and fabric!" In all things from music to fashion to philosophy, it is good to follow Sun Ra's lead- you will not be disappointed! I even took some PhotoShop liberties to see what I would look like in a Muu Muu- I think you'll find the results very enticing.
Boys Noize out! Peace to my beaches.