Femme Feature – Dannie
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Dannie is a librarian, dog mom, creator of Fashionably Femme and so many more things than will fit in an introduction. Zoë met her back in 2014 when they both still worked in theater, and she has slowly collected the rest of the Fashionably Femme team to build her passion in to more than just a closet haul. You can find her … well, here! Check out her Instagram and Twitter and always follow this site to see the newest look she’s got brewing.
How do you identify?
I identify as a cis femme lesbian or simply a queer femme. It really depends on who I’m with but I use the two relatively interchangeably.
When and how did your style journey start?
I can almost pinpoint the day I began caring about my style. It was October of 2014. Honesty, I couldn’t tell you what happened that day just that I woke up and decided I was tired of looking at my closet and saying “This’ll do.” and moving on with my day. I wanted to feel confident in what I wore and how I looked and I wanted it to reflect my personality more than it previously had.
What were some of the key moments in your journey?
One of the most pivotal moments in my style journey was attending New York Fashion Week for the first time. I’d been following it online, obviously, but being there is an entirely different experience. All the fashion around you, not even what’s on the runway, is so inspiring. I’d planned outfits for my whole trip and ended up remixing them in the hostel trying to make entirely different combos just based on what I saw other folx around me wearing. It really made me challenge everything I’d learned about style up to that point.
Who are some of your queer style icons?
At the risk of sounding like every other queer in the world right now, I genuinely love Jonathan Van Ness’ style. Did you even see his look from the GLAAD awards? Iconic. Truly though just knowing that he identifies as a femme and lives that every single day just makes my life. Outside of him, Kate Moening from The L Word is such a mood. I love how effortlessly she can rock a loose tee. Call it a throwback but dang that’s my style.
Talk about your favorite pieces in your closet
I have so many closet pieces that I’m just dying over. I tend to make myself have a rule that if I don’t love it and wear it, it goes somewhere else so I’m loving everything I wear always. However I’ve got these leith brand boots that are just past ankle height and they’re sock-style, pointy, and have this amazing witchy vibe that I’m just all about always. I put those on and instantly feel like any look I’m rocking is super elevated.
Has any outfit or aesthetic you really liked surprised you?
Honestly, jumpsuits. I adore them in a way I never thought I would. Sure anyone who wears dresses knows the magic of putting on one single piece of clothing and being set for the day but add in the glory of pants and it’s a whole other ballgame. Sure going to the bathroom is awkward but otherwise I’m so into them. My favorite is one that appeared in a past post. I honestly cannot remember where it came from for the life of me but I’m obsessed with it.
How does your style reflect your queer identity?
Outside of wearing rainbows, my style is my queer identity. I’m a super girly femme with a touch of butch and I’m not afraid to show it. When I make a bold outfit choice, it comes from a place of showcasing my identity to the world and saying “I’m here, I’m queer, I love my look!”
Could you talk about your relationship to femininity and style?
Femininity is where I feel my happiest. There’s something wonderful about jeans and a t-shirt but when I add glam accessories or a stellar pair of shoes, I feel like a whole new person. I feel like I’m showing off my truest self. Makeup is fun and my heart sings for earrings. It’s those little feminine touches that truly show my personality.
What advice would you give for someone who is just starting to explore their femme style?
Don’t be afraid to try something. It doesn’t have to be explicitly femme. Explore what makes you feel like the truest version of yourself and the rest will fall into place. Also, there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a stellar lipstick.
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