Outfit of the [Yester]day: Parasol Not Included


These full, twirl-able skirts that now comprise a good percentage of my wardrobe are such a delight to wear. They seem just about big enough to have their own gravitational field, and, for some reason, also happen to remind me of women in Impressionist paintings.

I have five straight hours of tours to oversee this morning, so anything that appears vaguely painting-inspired seems perfect for the occasion. This outfit in particular brings to mind Monet’s Woman with a Parasol: if only I too were out in a gorgeous meadow under a sky blue enough to match this skirt!


I was first drawn to vintage-inspired styles a few years ago when I realized that this particular fashion subcategory has a tendency to feature skirts that are long enough to cover my knees. As a weirdly tall and disproportionate human, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I discover a circle skirt that hovers just above my ankles.


Shockingly, I don’t actually own any crinolines or petticoats yet, but this skirt seems satisfied to maintain a puffed-up silhouette on its own.


And, to top it all off, this skirt also happens to match my wall-octopus, frequent guest star in my outfit posts! Perhaps someday I’ll have the chance to lead five hours of tours exploring representations of octopi and other sea creatures in modern and contemporary art.

Enjoy your Friday, and I’ll see you on the other side of my museum-tour marathon!


  1. Okay, I can’t stop staring at that octopus on the wall! As it happens, I made an octopus of my own this week, during a library printmaking workshop. I’ll post it at some point, snail-mail related or no!

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