I know updates have been spotty, recently, but this semester’s workload is kind of killing me. >_<;
Anyways! I got out of bed today and thought, “I’m going to have a Blair Waldorf fashion day.” And I wanted to text that to my roommate, but I realized that she has no idea who Blair Waldorf is, because she doesn’t share my deeply unfortunate addiction to ridiculous television.
So, anyways, that led me to today’s topic: my fashion icons, both in real life and fictional.
Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl
Blair is a character on the show Gossip Girl, played by Leighton Meester. While I find many of Meester’s personal fashion choices a little bit questionable, her character is known for a vintage style, and is always classy, elegant, and well put together— mostly because she’s grossly wealthy.
I am not grossly wealthy. I am a college student who tries really hard not to buy too much coffee.
The trick to referencing her look? Higher or sweetheart necklines, lace accents, cropped jackets/wraps, accent headpieces (headbands, berets, or cloche hats), stockings, and low heels. Today, the outfit that sparked this, I wore a black and brown version of this dress—
—over a crinoline, belted with a black belt, with black leggings, a black knitted shrug, a black wool beret, black flats, and three strands of glass pearls. The leggings were $5 at WalMart, the dress $6 at my local Goodwill, the pearls were five strands for $1 at a local independent thrift shop, the belt was $3 at that same Goodwill, the crinoline was $11 on eBay, the shoes were $12 at Target, the shrug was on clearance for $7 at Coldwater Creek, and the beret was $2 at Ross. Blair’s fashion is surprisingly adaptable to the curvy girl— crinolines, belts, and stockings in the right combination, with natural fabrics (cotton, wool, etc) and antique accents where applicable.
Z Berg - The Like
Z is the lead singer for the Like, a retro girl pop band. Her style is characterized by a 1960’s look, short or babydoll skirts/dresses, bright/bold colors (usually reds or yellows) paired with delicate ivory or beige, over stockings/knee socks, contrasting sharply with large and dark eye makeup.
I copy her eye makeup more days than I don’t (see my post on makeup), and I often use her technique of a delicate, vintage color/pattern next to a bold, modern pop of color. Often normal waisted dresses become babydoll dresses— short, empire waisted— on me due to my bust, and when it looks good, I forgo the belt and finish it off with knee socks and a really long necklace.
Olivia White - Lemonade Mouth
Yes, okay, some of my fashion comes from the Disney Channel. Don’t knock it. To be fair, it accidentally came from the Disney Channel— which is to say, I watched this movie and went, “…She’s wearing my clooootheeesssss, that’s weeeiiiiirrrrd.” Olivia’s fashion is characterized by, hey, wow, look at that, bright but casual skirts and dresses in feminine prints, with high and wide waists, paired with cardigans/vests/shrugs, short leggings, and ridiculous earrings. Much like my daily staples.
I don’t feel like I need to tell you how I adapt this, because… I don’t. This is what I wear automatically on any given day. Uh. Yeah.
Holland Roden - cast of Teen Wolf
Holland plays Lydia Martin on MTV’s Teen Wolf, which is, incidentally, filmed where I live. Her style is usually very 1950’s, with a lot of red lipstick and accent headbands, high but narrower waists, and bold primary colors, especially yellow.
I often go for bright lipstick and a contrasting, but equally bright, primary color when I’m wanting to draw from her look. I go for narrower belts than I usually would, and go for sheer stockings or bare legs rather than my usual leggings or patterned tights.
How do you adapt the styles you love to work for your body and your budget?