Today, with a sickening crunch, my brain excreted the idea that Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle and San from Princess Mononoke could both be inspiration for Indie Sleaze looks. These magical films have meant the world to me my entire life.
As a high schooler, I’d listen to Joe Hisaishi’s soundtracks for the films on my iPod every moment that I was not actually supposed to be listening in class, trying to pretend my life could be magical. And now, I’m desecrating the good name of Hayao Miyazaki by imagining Howl and San as 2008 club kids. Oh well, this is my blog and therefore my hell. Welcome, everyone!
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Howl’s Moving Castle
My favorite of Howl’s looks is the simple, white, elbow-length peasant blouse he pairs with black cigarette pants and pointyish boots, always wearing his signature teardrop jewelry, green on the ears and turquoise around the neck. This look is so easy to imitate with any slightly floofy or bachelor-looking white shirt, tight black pants, and boots (ballet flats would also work perfectly here), with simple, meaningful jewelry (hopefully cursed or blessed because that would be sick).
It is especially a slay (ew, I blame all of you for making me start to talk like this) with his blue-black, chin-length messy bob with bangs. Howl was the first character I ever saw on film where I was like… yeah… I wanna be a boy but like THAT, please!!! Sexiest wizard of all time, and you can too with the following bits and bobs.
Now, just hear me out,
If San heard me say the words “Indie Sleaze,” she’d stab me instantly, and it would be the right thing to do. Tried to not accidentally go “tribal” or sketchily appropriative here, let me know if I’m canceled or not!
Her look reminded me of the two shows above, so I tried to go with a simple, straight-line silhouette featuring a navy dress or skirt (shorts would work great here too) and some kind of white or tan top affixed in an interesting way over it. A shaggy coat, of course, an UPPER ARM CUFF (this is insane, I know, so I want to be on record predicting it will be all over TikTok within the next 7 months), and slouchy boots, baby. This is such an insanely good clubbing look. You will meet the love of your life wearing it and they will be afraid of you. Also, this fit works even if a little bit of blood gets on it. So utilitarian.
Stay tuned for the next Ghibli movies I violate, Only Yesterday and either Porco Rosso or Whisper of the Heart (my personal special favorite). Let me know which one I should ruin on on HR’s Instagram, where if you liked this post you can show support by by sharing (tag me if on IG so I can see and thank you!), liking, saving, and commenting, if you really liked it by subbing to the HR Patreon for as little as two bucks a month (extra posts, personal styling, and more available on there!) or tipping me on Ko-fi.
I’m moving to Argentina today. Wish me luck.