Sunday, October 12, 2008

Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!

For our AP English class, we were required to read The Great Gatsby. Unlike most of the other students in our classes, we both thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic piece of literature. Not only did it include some of the most well written character development I've ever read, but it was a great period piece (now, I do, in fact, realize that it was written in said period. But even to this day, it continues to remain a classic).

However, being the fashion-crazed girl I am, I could not help but notice the clothing sported by the characters in the book and the movie (which, by the way, was terrible). Something about the elegance of elbow-length gloves and fancy cigarette holders was completely alluring.

Now, despite the appeal of these outfits, the actual labor of producing one would wear tired after a day or two, don't you think? The hair and make-up alone would take up to an hour. I don't know about you, but I don't have the time (or patience) for all of that gussying up. Not to mention that full flapper clothing would become such a costume.

So it made me think. How would one interpret such a style into a modern-day ensemble? Well, here we go.
Corset top. This brings an alternative to a loose-fitting trapeze-y dress. (I found this top for $7.00. It's quite a steal, too).

You have to have some movement in any flapper outfit. Thus the airy skirt.

Black pumps (with the gold accents-- nice) are timeless.

Feathered headbands are what you can get away with.

If you happen to have the time and patience for bothering with hair and make-up, by all means, go ahead. Any curly hairstyle is perfect for this presentation. Pin curls are a plus.

Dramatically long lashes and bright red lips. Go for it.

- Chloe

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Swan Lake

We've been planning this little fashion excursion for a while now. Since summer, to be exact. I believe the date was August 9th, 2008. So here we are, October 11th, actually starting our own fashion blog. It's taken us a while, but we've finally gotten around to it. It's exciting. Let's see how it goes, shall we?

On the last Friday of every month, our snazzy little town hosts a "block party". It's a pretty fun time. Most children of the town use the festivities as an excuse to wear tube tops and shorts (as opposed to their T-shirts and shorts combos worn to school.) But we aren't most children. And while everyone else may think a breast-bearing tank and cuttoffs might be the most vixen-like ensemble out there, we agreed that nothing projects sexy, cool, and serious confidence like a tutu.

I know what you're thinking. Who (outside of toddlers and proffessional ballerinas) wears tutus out in public? But think about it. People are likely to notice you wearing a tutu. And they're either going to think "wow. what a crazy!" or "wow. I wish I had the guts to do that!" And as for the first group, I don't really hold their opinion in high regard.

If you're not yet convinced, here are some really well-worn tutu ensembles.

This one was taken from Doesn't she make you want to put on a tutu, pick up a floral umbrella, and go marching about in a grassy field?

This one's not even being worn by anyone. But wouldn't you assume that someone who has a tutu hanging on their clothesline is an interesting specimen of fashion?

So here's how we wore them. Yes, these were from the elementary school era, and yes, they were a bit of a squeeze, (and yes, we had to edit the heck out of them) but I think it was well worth it.

Chloe's tutu getup.

and Amelia's.