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).