First: I’m not a fashion-type person. Yes, I love watching Project Runway, but you wouldn’t catch me dead in just about any of the fashion on that show. Usually, I’m a wear-whatever-feels-comfortable person, but since I got to college and realized I need to grow up at some point, as well as realizing that the dresses and skirts that I shunned for most of my life were actually quite fun to wear, I have started attempting to develop my own personal style, learning to pay attention to what I like, what looks good on me, etc. My roommate, being a rather fashionable person herself, has certainly influenced this, though we, ahem, differ on certain points…
Anyway, the other night, my roomie and el boyo watched the gorgeous, quirky, and all-together fabulous movie Penelope, which is sort of a modern-day fairy tale. In a way, the costumes in the movie reminded me of my other favorite quirky and fabulous inspiration, the far-too-short-lived show Pushing Daisies (but that’s for another post…)
So, what do the last two paragraphs have in common? Well, Penelope, for whatever reason, became some sort of a catalyst for me. It’s the first movie that has ever inspired me to actually do some research on the fashion choices, with a direct eye towards adopting it for my own use.
Penelope’s personal style is full of rich colors and intricate details, every outfit bursting with character:
I love how many different colors are in this outfit, colors that could clash horribly, but somehow work together in this outfit. Also, I never would have noticed on my own, but some other blogs that I found that discuss the fashion in Penelope pointed out Penelope’s colored Mary Janes that she wears throughout the movie, which I absolutely love. Looking at my current shoe collection, it is quickly apparent that I, too, am a huge fan of rounded-toe shoes, though I probably would never have considered a pair of colored Mary Janes before this movie. And yet, now I’m on the lookout (if you find any — reasonably priced! — please let me know! Merci!)
I’ve never been a layering person, mostly because I like to just put something on and have it work, rather than having to figure out what could work together, but I love the combination of the striped shirt with the ruffled dress! It’s something that I never would have put together, but plan to learn how to do. Any tips?
Another example of lovely layering… sigh…
This coat has to be one of my absolute favorite pieces as well as one of my main inspirations: personalization! The buttons (oh, the buttons!) and the red piping are just so fabulous and whimsical. And they are personalizations that can be added to just about any piece of clothing! What a revelation! The hard part now is trying to find a fabulous coat to attack with my needle and thread. Well, and to attempt to remember how exactly to sew on a button…
So, to sum:
Any other suggestions as I work to expand my wardrobe? Any advice on how to go about this, or places to go, people to see, etc?