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Fashion Fever Heats Up Wisconsin

Aug. 18, 2014
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I’ve always been considered one of Wisconsin’s top fashionistas. OK, well, I’m a top fashion diva in West Allis. Cudahy? How about my trailer park? Regardless of where I strut my insatiable stuff, fashion comes naturally to me. From my feathered hat to my jelly shoes, I consistently think outside the shoebox to view myself as the Captain of Wisconsin’s Fashion Police.

That’s why I’m excited to see so many sexy, swanky events going on this week! Whether you’re a style-driven maven, a hip trendsetter or a vogue provocateur, there’s something for everyone going on in the state. Before we check out the social calendar, however, let’s read an email about a fashion disaster taking place in Milwaukee.


Dear Ruthie,

I’m mortified at how my partner dresses. She’s a great woman with a smart head on her shoulders and someone who has her life together in every way but her clothes. Wearing pajama bottoms around the house on a Sunday is cool. Wearing them to work with a sweater is not. She actually tried to wear dress pants, a sports bra and a hoodie to a family wedding this summer. I love her, but her dress code is embarrassing.

Help Me!
Girls Got Style


Dear Style,

Burn her clothes. Seriously. Wait until that bitch takes a shower, and then torch every thread she owns. Once she’s without a stitch to wear, a pencil skirt and silk blouse doesn’t seem so bad.  If dangerous flames and lawsuits aren’t your thing, however, simply talk to her. Let her know that it bothers you when she doesn’t look her best. Let her know that when she goes out with you, you want others to see her as you do. Ignore what she wears to work and whatnot, but suggest her fashion sense meet you in the middle when it comes to leaving the house together.


August 20: Refashion for Life at the Callen Grounds (S63 W13131 Janesville Road, Muskego): Get your cocktail on with a little schmoozing, a little boozing and a little cruising. Your $40 ticket benefits CommonGround Ministry/Elena’s House, providing support for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The night kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, food, music, a silent auction and more. At 8:15, take in the Fred Astaire Dancers, a fashion show and a live auction. Dessert stations conclude the night. Visit refashionforlife.com to learn more.

August 21: Fashion Forward at Montage (801 S. Second St.): The gang at DIX teams up with the kids at Montage to bring you a night of fabulosity! Emceed by Kidd O’Shea of 99.1 The Mix, the fashion show is only the tip of this elaborate iceberg. The swanky soiree includes a silent auction, giveaways, appetizers and swag bags for those with seated tickets. Proceeds go to AIDS Walk Wisconsin, so visit fashionforwardteamdix.brownpapertickets.com for tickets to the 6 p.m. event.

August 22 to 24: Mr. Wisconsin Leather in Madison: From the Sweat party at WOOF’S bar and the puppy pound to the Mr. Leather 2015 contest and farewell tea dance, this Madison weekend has a little something for the kink in everyone. Don’t miss the leather market, Victory Ball, fetish workshops and more throughout the city. See mwlevent.com for a detailed schedule of events and locations.


August 23 and 24: Pride Day/Bear Day at Bristol Renaissance Faire (12550 120th Ave., Kenosha): Grab your sword, fasten your corset and head down to the border as the Renaissance Faire goes Gay. Whether your inner “faire-y” is a knight in armor, a damsel in distress or a whimsical sprite causing mischief, let your pride flag fly during this day of fantasy. Passes start at $23.95. Visit <renfair.com/bristol/ or call 847-395-7773 for more.


August 23: “Sexy & I Know It” at The Down & Over Pub (2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.): Here’s a change-of-pace night! This male burlesque show features singers, dancers, comedians and enough boy booty to keep your tongue wagging for days. The 10 p.m. show is for those over 21 only and requires $5 at the door.


August 24: Tailgate at Miller Park (1 Brewers Way): As the saying goes, “If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.” Now you can practice what I preach at a tailgate co-sponsored by Milwaukee’s LGBT Community Center and Wisconsin Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf. Tickets to the tailgate and Brewers vs. Pirates game are $35, but if you bring a dish to pass, you get in for $30.  You must reserve a spot and pay in advance by emailing gpuhlmann@wi.rr.com or svgaray@wi.rr.com.


Have a question for Ruthie? Email her at DearRuthie@Shepex.com, and don’t miss her cooking show at RuthiesBitchinKitchen.com!


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