Rougher, Tougher, Realer

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

Since I was a teenager, I’ve been enthralled with the idea of becoming a reality TV “star.” I think the concept of sharing yourself with the world on such a giant platform is really cool, and it’s amazing that something like this is such a staple in our society now.

As soon as I hit the age of 18 I tried out for as many reality shows as I could. Usually, I never heard anything back. I waited and waited for responses, getting disappointed every time because “I was a real character and so interesting and they were missing out!” I just wasn’t what they were looking for. This year, I decided to take a new approach, to write as many crazy things as I could on my application and see where it gets me. This approach apparently worked, because I advanced two rounds to the first interview round. I was pretty stoked to actually be getting somewhere with this process, so my friends and I hopped into the car and took a trip to Paddy Whack’s Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

I knew we should have arrived at Paddy Whack’s earlier because the line for the auditions was wrapped around the block. I can’t go into a lot of detail, but because I had a specific time scheduled for the audition, I didn’t think I would have to wait. However, I was apparently wrong, because one of the other people there auditioning told me that I had to wait in line like everyone else. I had a very strong feeling that because of the size of the line that I wouldn’t be able to audition, so I turned this negative into a positive.

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

There were a lot of big personalities at the audition, but one fashionista really stood out to me. While a lot of the Real World hopefuls were dressed more conservatively, like they were going on a job interview, this fashionista came dressed ready to impress.

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

This outfit screamed “current” to me. The outfit could easily be pictured walking down the streets of any major city or on the pages of your favorite fashion blog (does this make my post meta?). One of my favorite parts of this outfit was the severely ripped jeans. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for deconstructed fashion, so seeing this made my heart flutter. However, lets be real; ripped jeans aren’t for everyone. Some people just don’t feel comfortable wearing them. When they are worn though, they can make any outfit that much cooler. Ripped jeans say “I don’t care what you think, man!”

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

Another nice touch to this outfit was the long flannel button up. Complementing not only the ripped jeans but to the outfit as a whole, this garment really added to the roughness of the overall look. It was that one pop of color that was totally needed to take this outfit from really cool, to amazing. Flannel, to me, is really associated with this “I’m cool without trying” movement in fashion these days. I really enjoyed it, though!

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

Shoes can definitely make or break an outfit and I think with this fashionista’s choice in shoes, this outfit was totally taken to the next level. Combat boots are almost always associated with being tough and rough around the edges, so they really fit in well with this outfit and tied it all together.

Rougher, Tougher, Realer -- fashion I saw while waiting to be on the Real World | gutterfashion.com

Have you ever tried out for a reality show? Was it everything you thought it would be or was it a complete flop? Let me know in the comments below!

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3 comments

  1. I love the fringe! And it was interesting reading your blog post…hearing from a different perspective. We read a lot about people speaking negatively regarding reality tv, but yours was positive. Great blog!

    Lauren

    1. Thank you Lauren! I think that while there are some negatives to going on reality TV, it truly is a wonderful platform to speak and spread positivity when it comes to certain subjects.

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