Dress: Max Mara (Vintage)/ Shoes: Zara/ Bag: H&M/ Ring: Vintage
Public Service Announcement: Kids, iron your clothes before you do an outfit post on a blog.
It's highly rare that I fall in love with films that are in the vicinity of mainstream Hollywood films, seeing as I am a a self-proclaimed [pretentious] high-brow film snob; but 500 Days of Summer had me completely engrossed. It's a love story deftly built on unrequited love, and if there's anything that I've learned from my Instagram endeavors with the mens, it's that I'm destined for unrequited love.
Director Marc Webb captures the feeling of innocent, naïve love
expertly. Not since Say Anything (this is a reference to Lloyd Dobler. If you don't know what I'm talking about, call me) has a guy gone slightly out of his league, fumbled, recovered, and loved a girl so unabashedly. Anyone who has taken the lyrics of the Smiths too closely to
heart, would be moved by the idea of the person they are crushing on
sing to them: "To die by your side/is such a heavenly way to die." An incredibly charming film that captures the heartache of reality hitting a person who sees a person
through the filter of some deep-seeded emotions that where planted at
too young an age. It's an intriguingly original take on falling in love; every emotion involved with a relationship seems to be relayed; from
the strange and quirky aspects of new love to the tragedy of
If you have, like me, gotten your hearts ripped out
of your chests and stomped into a million pieces only to turn you into
unshaven, alcoholic hermits on the brink of starvation…this movie is
dedicated to you.
Aside from finding it's way into my coveted Greatest Films of All Time List, 500 Days of Summer also inspired today's outfit post. It should be no surprise to anyone that I'm a hopeless romantic (cloaked behind sheer cynicism). If you have been following my blog for while (and if you haven't, I question your sanity and unleash death upon you), romanticism is very evident in my clothing. But my inspiration comes mostly from the lead character of the film, Summer, played to perfection by Zooey Deschanel. Her clothes are feminine, flirty and reflect an element of whimsy. She looks positively lost in the 60's, and her style encapsulates everything vintage.
I took my own take on feminine and romantic by digging up my mom's vintage teal shift dress, which is a far departure from the sudden surge in tomboy inspired garb in this year's streetstyle scene (aka my last outfit post). Besides, Summer's style aids her in capturing the affection/obsession of Joseph Gordan-Lewitt, why would we not want to participate in anything that might help us achieve Summer's charm? I almost feel like the manic pixie dream girl in this attire; that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of of writers to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.
I paired my vintage dress with modern elements; such as these strappy Zara heels, because part of what makes vintage clothing wearable is mixing it up with more modern elements that adds some freshness and keeps a look grounded in the here-and-now. I purposely matched my dress and shoes because I knew it would play a key role in the art direction and formation of this blog post. This is intrinsic shit, guys. Things don't just happen.
Celebrating the importance of different generations of fashion and personal style is sometimes overlooked, even in a world where vintage clothes are far more valuable and lucrative than those brand new, so taking a few moments to highlight some of the colors, shapes and fabrics that tugged at the heartstrings of the women that came before we did just seemed like a proper way to ring in the new week :)