Worn to WORN: Alyssa is Catwoman

What inspired this outfit?
Honestly? I would have to say it’s a tie… between my two very fashionable cats (seriously: one sports a bowtie and the other is named Coco Chanel). My shifts at WORN present rare opportunities to play with my favorite dressing concept: themes. This very cat themed outfit seemed like just the thing to keep the giddy smile my cats give me in the morning on my face all day. I mean, how can I not smile when wearing this level of cat-ness?

Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing.
This sweater has quickly turned into one of those items I will create any excuse to wear. I’m cold? Cat sweater. Bored? Cat sweater. Need a hug? Cat sweater. Since the moment I saw it on Little Doodles, the blog of one of my favorite whimsical doodlers, I knew it had to be mine. I ordered it from Indonesia in the middle of the night while vacationing in NYC. It was sold out by morning. Since ripping it from its pristine yellow envelope, I have barely had the heart to peel it from my torso for a wash. My favorite detail is the fuzzy grandma-like embroidered words.

What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
I’ll bypass my childhood favourite A House Full of Cats at the risk of sounding juvenile and take the more adult route. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is by far the most extensive, well-written animal related book I have ever set eyes on. Foer delves into the intelligence levels of animals, from cats to turkeys, and deconstructs the reasoning behind choosing to eat some but not others. This intelligent piece of literary journalism is a must-read for animal lovers and meat lovers alike. I figure if I’m going to wear my cat obsession on my sleeve (or chest, rather), I may as well do so while curled up with a great book about animal rights amongst good company.

Of course, by “good company” I mean cats.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
I’m going to go out on a limb and say Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, if she were to exist in modern times. The black ballet flats combined with her obvious love for Cat, her cat, would make her a perfect candidate to showcase this cat-tastic style.

Shopping Credits: Earrings from H&M, sweater by The Balletcats, shorts by Cheap Monday (re-appropriated from when my trans boyfriend was living as a girl), shoes from Marc by Marc Jacobs, mask from the Worn offices (as seen on the cover of issue 13).

Unbinding Binaries: A Panel Discussion on Clothing & Gender Identity (UPDATE)


First, WORN would like to thank everyone who has voiced their concerns. WORN is grateful for any and all constructive criticism, and we know that your feedback will make our future events so much stronger.

In light of all the feedback, we have decided that a panel discussion is simply too small a platform for this kind of conversation. We now believe that we do not currently have the time, the space, or the necessary resources to do this extremely important topic the justice it deserves; we ask for your understanding in postponing this panel discussion until we can do it properly.

We thank you for your intelligent commentary, your necessary feedback, and your continued support. Please send us all your feedback via email. We want to hear from everyone what WORN can do to enable a platform for this crucial conversation, and to be an ally to a community that we have the utmost respect for.


WORN Fashion Journal

Check Out How Awesome People Think We Are

Issue 13 has been popping up around the internet since its release last November (have you read it yet?).  Here’s a little collection of some love we’ve gotten lately:

We celebrated the launch of Issue 13 with a Black Cat Ball (best party ever!) and on the morning of, our latest issue found its way (courtesy of yours truly) onto the Toronto Standard, sitting pretty amongst these other feline-inspired objects.

And here, we’ve been reviewed on some of our favourite blogs: Qqueen of Hearts, Fashion is My Muse, Haute on Heartland, Little Expressionless Animals.

These pretty girls carry WORN in their bags: Anabela of Fieldguided (which is perfect, actually, because Anabela’s Thunder tote is the unofficial bag of the Wornettes), and beautiful Bernadette of Decade. We’re obsessed with her dreamy illustrations, which you can see more of here.

Our friends at She Does The City included us in their round-up of awesome publications for teens. Plus, they compare us to Sassy and Jane, which we’re pretty okay with.

Last but not least, our Editor-in-Pants, Serah-Marie, tells you what book she recommends over on the CBC and who she’s got a girl-crush on right over here.

P.S. We love seeing your posts about WORN—we’re kind of narcissistic that way. If you’ve included us anywhere, feel free to email to pr@wornjournal.com.

text and photography by Katie Merchant