outfit of the [yester]day: return to the sea

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Two years ago today, I published my first cautious “outfit of the day” post, showing off what would become two classic staples of my personal aesthetic: Peter Pan collars and nods to marine biology. At the time, I possessed only that one vintage-style dress, and I wore it so often that I ended up buying its twin in another color. I’d never identified as someone who was Into Fashion, but there was just something about that dress–as soon as I zipped it up, I felt like a cheerful, quick-witted girl detective equipped to handle anything with anachronistic flair.

In the time since, acquiring pieces for my quirky wardrobe allowed me to feel more confident and more myself than I’d ever been in jeans and sweaters or Young Professional Workplace Wear. Now, if I so desire, I have the ability to wear colorful retro dresses literally every day. Even a skirt decorated with galactic, bioluminescent mermaids and sea creatures is at my fingertips! But — as my absence from this blog might have suggested — over the past few months, I’ve begun to lose confidence in my bold fashion. In some moments of confusion, I’ve almost wondered if I might have to abandon the style that I love and start showing up in slacks or skater skirts!

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outfit of the [yester]day: “a Moth the hue of this”

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One’s sartorial taste can change and evolve for many reasons: lately, I am tempted to decree that all future clothing purchases must match this beautiful moth pin, which was given to me by someone very special for my birthday. I don’t really have much that complements the “kinda Art Deco insect” aesthetic at the moment, but in an ideal world I’d be able to wear it every day!

(Does that mean I’ll start wearing black for the first time in like five years? Probably not! Luckily, it seems I can get away with golds and creams for now!)

Update: I had some comments wondering about this pin’s provenance – and I too wanted to know! – so I consulted with my boyfriend and he pointed me in the right direction. Check out this store for all your celestial moth needs!

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What to wear when…cosmic & canine


Dogs in spaaaace! I’d like to imagine that this retro-futuristic cosmic fantasy is the quirky afterlife in which an ascended Laika explores the universe with other astro-pups. (Rest in peace, little cosmonaut.)

With this dress, I think I have finally reached my novelty print apotheosis. How much weirder and more specifically tailored to my odd interests could you get? (I’m going to keep saying that and tempting fate until someone comes up with a space-whale fabric.)

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Outfit of the [Yester]day: Rabbits & the Moon


And to feel that the light is a rabbit-light,
In which everything is meant for you
And nothing need be explained;
Then there is nothing to think of. It comes of itself;
And east rushes west and west rushes down,
No matter. The grass is full
And full of yourself. The trees around are for you,
The whole of the wideness of night is for you,
A self that touches all edges…
-Wallace Stevens, “A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts”


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What to wear when…flocking together

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If you’ve ever studied heraldry or early Christian art, you may have encountered a surprising symbol appearing again and again–the “pious” pelican! Europe, however, wasn’t the only place in the world where people captured these great birds in their art and culture. The Moche (a.k.a. the civilization whose artists created my favorite ceramics works of all time) included images of Peruvian pelicans on their famous stirrup-spout vessels!

All in all, you could say that my new pelican-print dress is rather a good fit for an art historian like me…

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Time-Traveling Review: Nishe Dress

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Could there be anything more futile than reviewing a dress that isn’t even sold anymore?

Luckily, that’s a strictly rhetorical question, and I will neither answer it nor obey its intimations. I bought this gorgeous secondhand dress by Nishe through a fellow blogger’s closet sale a little while ago, and am now wishing like crazy that I had snapped a few of them up when they were released several years ago.

Consequently, my words of praise for this dress won’t exactly be that useful for your future purchasing plans; on the other hand, time travelers who can pop back to 2010 are welcome to enjoy this review!

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What to Wear When…Spirited Away

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Sometimes I dream in the landscape-language of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, imagining train tracks submerged in a shallow sea that seems endless. This strange, surreal fairy-tale of a film enchanted me in my childhood and will retain its place among my favorite Miyazaki films (Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke) forever, probably.

Apparently I’m not the only Spirited Away fan, though, because this dress exists! It’s decorated with the soot sprites, enlivened little dust-balls that also put in an appearance in My Neighbor Totoro. I found it secondhand after eyeing it eagerly on instagram, and decided it would be the perfect outfit for my birthday last Friday!

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