“Don’t just admire…study beautifully-gowned women” Helen Gurley Brown, Sex & The Single Girl.
I never leave the house in just any old thing. For me, fashion is such an art, a way of saying “This is who I am today.” It’s a trait I share with Olivia, the fictional pig in Oliver Falconer’s children’s books. And much of my fashion inspiration comes from beautiful women (and occasionally, men) in movies. It’s hard not to feel glam when you’re pretending to be, say, Geena Davis.
My first outfit for this stunt week of dressing in the study and style of others is inspired by the late, very beautiful and very darling Brittany Murphy in Sin City: The Big Fat Kill. Now, putting aside the fact that I used to refer to one of Catch’s girlfriends as “The Barmaid” (as in “The one who never shuts up,” to which he would, with equal parts affection and irritation, reply “Damn it Gail, not now”) I have always liked Shelly and always felt a little sorry for her, even if I liked Gail more. However, I cannot go out dressed in a series of belts and assorted pieces of fishnet, so Shelly it is.
The cowgirl shirt my dad bought me for Christmas is my essential white shirt, just barely covering the very tiny shorts underneath. I am also wearing a Siouxsie and the Banshees tank top (rather than just a bra) and the fedora rounds it out with a little playfulness. If you get a fedora, ladies, make sure it is a full fedora and not one of those weaslely little short-brimmed ones from Hot Topic that guys wear to announce the world, “I am a date-rapist & Reddit misogynist”
This is a specific variation on a uniform of mine; with dark eyeliner and pale lipstick it has a certain “Up All Night With a Man” vibe to it. If you can borrow one of his shirts, well, all the better. And if he won’t let you borrow his shirt, well, then, why are you even with him, what a jerk!