It’s funny how my style is coming back full circle to the vintage-inspired looks of the blog’s early days. Luckily, trends are coming back, too – it’s now all cottagecore and dark academia, which are just different versions of twee (not that my style was ever that twee.) I was looking at my archive and found this outfit, which I’d be happy to wear today (yes, including the big collar, which is trendy again). So here I recreated the outfit with what I have now, and added some current touches – blazer and suspenders. The suspenders are bit much, but the skirt is slightly large for me and the suspenders are the best way to hold it up, plus they added a dark academia/menswear touch to the outfit, so I’m not complaining.
(Sorry, Cake. I don’t do short skirts.)
Usually, when I wear vintage pieces, I try to balance it with more modern pieces to avoid looking like a cosplayer. However, during this past year, as my vintage collection grows, I sometimes find myself going all-out, just for fun. Like this outfit, for example. The skirt is a bit longer than I expected, but I decided to keep it as it is so I can live out my Edwardian fantasy in my head. I did get some funny looks as I biked to work in this, but I didn’t mind. I was busy imagining myself as Anne of Green Gables (I probably look more like Marilla, but that’s OK, she’s a badass lady too.)
At the risk of sounding really basic, I’m totally channeling Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday with this outfit. The general feel of the outfit is there though my skirt is not quite right, my shirt (a hand-me-down from my mom) has a camp collar rather than a normal button-up, and I’m missing a neckerchief. Actually, I built this entire outfit around the shoes. I don’t often go for such obvious inspiration, but when I saw that Aundrey was wearing lace-up flats in the still image (I didn’t pay much attention to her shoes when I was watching the movie – I only remembered the shirt and the skirt), I immediately thought of my lace-up mules and the rest of the outfit came together from there.
It’s April Fools, but I think the time we’re living in is a massive joke already so there’s no need to dwell on that, right? Anyway, this was my last proper “work outfit” before I started working from home. It’s simple, so I added some interest with my ladybird pin.
And because there is nothing else in the outfit to talk about: I finally got around to watching Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women (I was reminded of it because, of course, Lady Bird is also a Greta Gerwig movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chamalet.) Maybe I’m partial to the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale (even the 1949 version with June Allyson and Peter Lawford isn’t bad), but I found this version kind of… boring. I appreciate the attempt to make Laurie + Amy make sense, but I’m still not entirely convinced (I’m a steadfast Laurie + Jo shipper), and I think the non-linear structure robs the story of its emotional impact. Plus I absolutely hate the costume design (just because the Marches are poor doesn’t mean they have to be dressed like a bunch of ragamuffins and running around with their hair down and their pants showing.)
The other day, my students asked me why I kept saying “When you get to my age” so much, as if I’m 50 years older than them instead of 15, and I didn’t even realize I was doing it. But I do feel like I’m getting old, if not mentally then at least physically. My knees are really creaky these days, and I can’t handle heels much anymore. I still wear them occasionally, but usually when I know I won’t have to be on my feet. Take this outfit, for example – just last year, I would’ve worn it with heels, but now, these sensible shoes are a much better choice. At least they’re fun, right?