I have a soft spot for fashion that looks like it may have one day been someone’s sofa. This can include items of clothing, handbags, or shoes. Basically, if it could have just as easily been the fabric destined for an armchair or victorian draperies, I’m sold (Seriously, those Von Trapp’s had it right). I love brocades and tapestry and heavy, luscious fabrics. There’s just something about the weight of them that speaks to bygone eras…
I can’t help but have an affinity for the Sound of Music, which was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1965. I can really get behind the whole twirling on a mountaintop, randomly bursting into song thing. If, on occasion, I want to frolic in the garden singing “I feel pretty” with reckless abandon, I just go for it. There was something so charming and resilient about the Von Trapp family. Even during the most serious points of the film, where they flee Austria on the rise of Nazi Germany, the family finds their escape in song and journey to safety over the same hills where they learned to twirl. They endured an awful lot, but never lost their spirit (or their fashion sense, for that matter).
I can’t seem to stop singing wherever I am. And what’s worse, I can’t seem to stop saying things — anything and everything I think and feel.
Maria, The Sound of Music,
I‘ve had this incredible jumper for years now – and every time I pull it from the depths of my closet and slip it on, I can’t help but feel like I’m dripping in royal draperies. The skirt is a bit too short for work, but I happily don this weighty beauty on the weekends. In true Sound of Music, Julie-Andrews-twirling-on-a-mountain-top fashion, I decided to just go for it with this look. From the sparkly knees to the gauzy delicacy of a sheer 1950’s ruffled blouse, combined with an opulent quilted bag and my new favorite shoes I expect you’ll see a fair bit of, sometimes you just have to have a more-is-more approach to fashion.
Speaking of more (as in more food, more shopping, more more more), Christmas is fast approaching. Brace yourself people, but there’s only 13 shopping days left until Christmas! Did you all see my Christmas Gift Guide? It’s definitely good for inspiration for those hard-to-shop for people in your life (of which I have several. I’m married to one of ’em). Other than a few last minute gifts to buy, we’re keeping it fairly low key as we slide into the weekend. We have a barefoot bowls game tonight with a few friends (I’m not Australian. But I’m going to go with it). Tomorrow involves tackling my never-diminishing sewing pile and catching up on the final two Star Wars prequels in anticipation of the new movie release next week. And, if I have time, I may just try to sneak in a little garden twirl…
Are your outfits ever inspired by movies? Enquiring minds want to feel less weird!
Jumper: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony (similar here, here & here)
Blouse: Beleza Vintage (similar here, here & here)
Necklace: Modcloth (similar here & here)
Ring: Gift (similar costume jewelry)
Tights: House of Holland via Modcloth (similar here & here)
Handbag: Adeline’s Attic Vintage (similar here, here & here)
Shoes: thrifted from Mo-Mo’s Vintage (similar here, here & here)