Outfit of the [Yester]day: Adventure is out there!


If you want to keep me entertained for hours on end, just put me in front of a map. I’m not sure quite what it is about these weird, flat representations of our spherical Earth that fascinate me so much: but in the age of GPS and iPhone navigators, I’d still prefer an atlas any day. (Especially if it’s an equal-area map and not the Mercator projection! SIGH.)

Even if you don’t care about my map nerdery, though, you should appreciate my vintage-map-print dress from Bonne Chance Collections. You might remember it from an earlier post in April, when I complained about how the bodice/waist was awkwardly too big for me! Luckily a cropped cardigan like this one seems to offer a good solution.


This outfit marks two major accomplishments for me–not only did I figure out how to style this oversized dress, I also managed to conquer this vaguely 40s-inspired hairstyle! Essentially, I pinned up two oversized, backwards “victory rolls,” creating an illusion of height that made me about three inches taller.

The kids on the tour I led yesterday were very impressed with my hairstyle, to say the least: and their compliments allowed me to segue into a conversation about how artists use perspective to create illusions of depth!


Why not study vintage maps while wearing a vintage map dress? I received this map as a gift over the summer: it’s just a vintage-inspired reprint, but very cool nonetheless!

My favorite part is the chart of Western Hemisphere mountains–can you spot my own beloved Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea among them? They both look pretty short on this chart, since it’s comparing heights from sea level, but as you know, Mauna Kea beats even Everest when you measure it from its base on the sea bed!


Who else out there has a favorite map? My #1 is the Hereford “Mappa Mundi,” one of the largest and best-preserved medieval maps. I’m also fond of the Cantino planisphere. And…maybe I’ll stop now. Happy exploring!


    • Isn’t it amazing? Looking at old maps is a voyage of exploration all on its own. I look forward to every chance I get to work with some of the cartography holdings at the museum where I work!

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