Friday, July 30, 2010

Challenge, Part Deux: Vamping It Up

I am a child of the 80s, and somehow, had managed to miss out on The Lost Boys until this week. Of course, I also, somehow, managed to miss out on Jaws, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, Gremlins, and Indiana Jones until I was grown. Actually, I've still never seen Labyrinth, come to think of it. I do, however, have a Thriller sweatshirt from when I was three. It's cut up Flashdance-style, and I wore it to baby ballet. My mom has it framed with my ballet shoes. And yes, I have seen Flashdance.

Anywho, Thomas Netflixed The Lost Boys for me, and I got to spend two glorious hours watching vampires who don't sparkle (except they do when they get blown up. Check out the blood on the Frog brothers. It glitters) but do kick butt. I loved it. That said, it was also two hours of horribly dated 80s fashions, so I thought I might have to gouge out my eyes. Seriously, Edward Herrmann (Grandpa Gilmore!!) in a black and white checkered sportscoat--with ginormous shoulder pads--over a hot pink button-down with a necktie. I missed the color of the necktie, sadly. The rest of the outfit and the neon surrounding it distracted me. Holy Fluorescence, Batman!

Then, lovely pre-Twister Jami Gertz shows up in her gorgeous amazing technicolor dreamskirt and makes me long for the gypsy skirts I used to wear growing up. Her skirt's gauzy and dreamy and rhinestone encrusted and I want it. Oh, my Lord & Taylor, I want that skirt. The problem is, you can't really wear them anymore. Well, you can, but people ask you for palm readings. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I just hate to disappoint them.

So, thinking back to yesterday's post, I decided to try another challenge. Update the gypsy look in a way that's actually wearable. I also don't want to break the bank, so let's keep it under $150. I'm also ignoring the fact that, as a hobbit, I should never wear maxi dresses. I may have to make an exception.

Here is Jami Gertz, and a really horrible picture of her cute skirt. There are no decent full-body pictures of her on the Interwebs, I'm sorry to report.

Photo by Infinite Coolness

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Yep. That's really the best I could do. But you can see *some* of the skirt, anyway. Yeesh.

Basically (since you can't see it), she's in a white eyelet lace tank top and sparkly gypsy skirt. It's multi-colored, but predominantly pink. Alrighty, then. Here we go.

For starters, let's go with a dress, and not a skirt and top combo. We'll calm it down to one color that we can work with. White's good. Add in some minor embellishments, and make sure the neckline is a little on the sexy side, but with a girlish innocence. How's this:
Photo by Boston Proper
I love the gold rings holding the tiers together. They add in a bit of that gypsy vibe, and show off a touch of skin without being vulgar. Also, how cute are the itty-bitty ties at the shoulders?!

Next, let's add a mettallic boho scarf/wrap to it. That way, we get the flowy material, sparkle, and a pop of color.
Photo by Rainbow Bridge Fashion

Some matching jewelry should add to the gypsy feel we're going for, as well even more sparkle. Maybe some crystal bangles?

Photo by ebay
Finally, some sandals. I like a bit of a lift, so let's go with platform. Maybe a woven texture, to keep with the earthy look?

Photo by Payless

Let's see: Dress, $89.99; Scarf, $12.99; Bangles, $18.00; Sandals, $9.00. Total: $129.98. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Anything else you want to see if we can make "real world" wearable? Let me know. It'll be fun! Also, if you've taken fashion inspiration from a movie character and would like to share with the rest of the class, that'd be awesome, too. Let me know in the comments section.


  1. LOVE that dress. and i am always in favor of sparkles. the more, the merrier.


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