Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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I wore this last week to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off and sort-of prequel. Even before I saw the movie, I’m already in love with all of its 1920’s costumes, especially Tina’s menswear outfits (although the Aurors’ leather dusters are pretty fabulous too). So I was trying to recreate her look here – a button-up shirt, a tweed jacket, wide-leg wool pants, oxfords, a cloche, and a pendant. I could’ve added my trench coat or wool coat as well, but it was too bulky on top of my jacket. Besides, it’s not that cold yet, and this is supposed to be an “inspired” outfit, not a cosplay. Of course, that didn’t stop me from using my copy of Fantastic Beasts as a prop though 😛

As for the movie, it’s definitely fun and magical, but I can’t help feeling it was two movies crammed into one. The Grindelwald storyline was shoehorned into it and had very little to do with Newt Scamander. It’s a shame, really, because they could’ve developed it into two film series – one family-friendly series about New Scamander’s adventures in the world of cryptozoology, and a darker, PG-13 prequel series about the battle between young Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The movies would be better and the studio would’ve made twice the money. Ugh. Those foolish Muggles!

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Shirt: Topshop, Jacket & Pants: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond, Cloche: Target, Necklace: local shop


Greensleeves

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Here’s a fashion history fun fact for you guys: back in the 19th century, people used to dye clothes with an arsenic-based pigment. It created a lovely bright green color, but of course, could also give the wearer a lovely case of poisoning as well.

Thankfully we are no longer using that, because I have discovered a newfound love for green. I used to not wear green very often, thinking it washed me out. But then I bought a green coat, and a green scarf after that, and I found out that this shade of deep, forest green (or hunter green) actually has the opposite effect and make me look less sallow that I really am! So bring on the green!

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Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans & Brooch: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond


Preppy

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“Preppy” is not a word I usually use to describe my style. Yes, I wear a lot of button-ups, oxford shoes, gingham, and cardigans. But I don’t wear pearls. I think my style is a bit more eclectic than that. However, sometimes you just have to go with a cliche, especially when it’s too early in the week and you’re already running out of ideas for outfits.

Basically, this outfit started out with a pair of shoes. I wanted to wear these oxfords with my white pants, simply because I haven’t paired them together. Then I thought, “Hey, that looks kind of preppy,” and figured what the heck, I’ll be literal this time and wear my gingham shirt. A bit boring, but I’m OK with it.

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Shirt: local shop, Pants: Mango, Oxfords: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21


Glassy

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This outfit is super simple and normally I wouldn’t bother blogging it, but I just wanted to show off one of the things I bought from the flea market in The Hague – this eyeglass brooch. There were a lot of pretty brooches there, and I would’ve gladly bought them all, but they were so expensive (well, expensive for me. I limited myself to just 20 euros). In the end, I managed to find a tray filled with odds and ends, dug through it and picked out about four or five brooches, before narrowing it down to just two (again, 20 euros limit). Yeah, I wish I could’ve bought more, but I’m happy with my purchase.

One thing, though: I couldn’t find any enameled flower brooches like the ones that I often wear – and would usually find at the flea markets or thrift stores in the US. I wonder, did they not make them in Europe?

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Shirt: Topshop, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond


The Perpetual Student

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This dress is probably getting a little too young for me (how do you like the wording of that sentence? Instead of admitting I’m getting too old for the dress…) Or the styling is, anyway. I should’ve worn it with heels or at least sandals. But it’s Friday, the ground is still muddy after the recent rain, so I’m wearing my schoolgirl shoes (or grandma shoes, depending on how you look at it), and that’s that.

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Pin: Forever21, Oxfords: Vagabond


Autopilot

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This is the third sleeveless top + jeans + flat shoes outfit I’ve worn in two weeks. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I’m pretty much running on autopilot these days (so many finals to grade, so many grades to enter into the system, and I’m working for the graduation committee again this year so there are all the thesis films and scripts to take care of, argh, why is the end of the semester always so busy). That’s why I’m glad to have a uniform of sort, to make the morning a little easier.

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Top & Brooch: local shops, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond


Size Does Matter

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… in terms of proportions, that is. Take this outfit, for example. I was trying for that French look with the striped shirt and the scarf, you know. Unfortunately the scarf I selected is a bit too big, so it doesn’t look effortless and more like I had to shove my scarf out of the way to stop it from choking me.

But you know what, it’s Friday, I’m tired, and this gloomy, muggy weather is positively pissing me off, so I don’t care. I’m off to binge-watch Daredevil now (the second season was out in March, but I haven’t been able to catch up.)

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Top: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Scarf: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond