Inspired By Sing Street

I was watching Sing Street again a few weeks ago (such an underrated movie) and was suddenly inspired by the outfit of one of the characters. It wasn’t the first time I was inspired by Sing Street, but it was the first time I recreated an actual outfit from the movie.

Now, most of the clothes in the movie are in gloriously over-the-top 80s style, but the main character’s sister, Anne, has a utilitarian style that I really like – lots of cable-knit sweaters and grandpa cardigans in neutral shades. When I first watched the movie, I thought Anne was a pointless character, but after watching it again and looking at her style, I realized that she serves as a kind of foil for Raphina, the love interest – Anne is all serious and straitlaced while Raphina is colorful and quirky (though Raphina is not quirky in an obvious “manic pixie dream girl” kind of way; she is more nuanced than that.) Just another proof of how good the movie is, that this one minor character is also well thought-out and developed.

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Gingham And Floral

Like I said last week, I picked this inspiration for SIA – “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas – precisely because I already have similar items in my closet – cream-colored cardigan, blue gingham shirt, light-washed jeans. So the outfit came together in an instant. The only detail that requires some thinking is the flower part of the photo, but then I remembered my pink floral scarf and it’s done. Easy peasy. Just what I need during these crazy, end-of-semester weeks (our long winter break doesn’t happen until February, but the semester ends in 3 weeks.)

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, the deadline is tomorrow, so get to it! And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up of all interpretations.

 


The Goldfinch

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Even though I managed four books this month (or maybe precisely because of that), I was having a hard time deciding which book to interpret as an outfit. At first I thought I could do something with Kiki’s Delivery Service (a black dress, something red, and a cat would suffice), but in the end I didn’t want to be too literal about it, so I went with The Goldfinch instead – or more exactly, the painting behind the book. Believe it or not, before reading the book, I didn’t know this was an actual painting. It certainly looks very modern compared to other 17th-centuring paintings, doesn’t it?

I interpreted the painting with shades of gold and brown, and used the textures of my top and my cardigan to mimic the texture in the painting. A pair of gray jeans would’ve been perfect, but since I don’t have gray jeans, my light-washed blue would have to suffice. Top it off with a necklace to mimic the chain in the painting, and I’m done!

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Top: Mango, Cardigan: hand-me-down, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Scarf: Target, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: local shop


Tweedy

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I had a different vision of this outfit. When I first put it together, I imagined something a little preppy, a little avuncular, like something a college professor would wear (hey, I am a college professor. Kind of.) But then when I saw it was drizzling a little, I decided to switch my oxfords for my riding boots, and suddenly it became something an English country gentleman would wear instead. Hey, all I need is a deerstalker cap and a hunting rifle and I wouldn’t look out of place on a Downton Abbey Christmas special. And I am OK with that.

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Shirt: Esprit, Jacket & Cardigan: hand-me-downs, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: local shop


Weekly Capsule 50.2: Busy Bee

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OK, I wasn’t really busy at the film fest, but it’s called “The Golden Bee”, and I couldn’t pass up the chance use that as the post title, could I? The festival is hosted once every two years by our school for student filmmakers around the country, and this was my first year working it. My job was to tally up the votes for the viewers’ choice award, and mostly I just stayed inside the theater and watched the films along with the audience. Mind you, this is not exactly Sundance, but some of the films are pretty well-made (for virtually no money – they’re students’ films after all), and it’s always interesting to watch the audience’s reactions. The three most popular films with the audience won also the bronze, silver, and gold prizes from the judges, so I’d say the audience’s reactions are pretty accurate. (I’m considering using these as examples in my classes next semester.)

Anyway, I wore a variation of this outfit for each of the two days I had to work at the festival (not counting the opening and the award ceremony.) Since I was just running around behind the scene, I opted for something casual and comfy.

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Shirt: thrifted, Jeans: Mango, Boots & Cardigan: hand-me-down (the cardigan is an actual grandpa cardigan since it used to be my dad’s), Scarf: Candies