How To Dress Like a Studio Ghibli Character: Whisper of the Heart and Only Yesterday Edition

If last week we corrupted Studio Ghibli films into potential Indie Sleaze looks, this week is more in the Twee camp of Tumblr 2010-style looks. However, in classic Ghibli fashion, the fits are simple and practical enough (with engaging color play and special finishing touches) that you won’t get Z**ey D*schanel flashbacks while trying these stylings from the films Whisper of the Heart and Only Yesterday. Next post we’ll be back to non-Ghibli content, but I hope you enjoyed this week’s foray.

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Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart (1995) is my favorite Studio Ghibli movie for reasons of nostalgia and hapless romanticism, but the hero, Shizuku Tsukishima, dresses pretty boringly. Her main uniform consists of a white collared shirt layered under a coral tee, a pleated yellow skirt, chunky socks with brown penny loafers, and a flat-topped straw hat. This tween caries a briefcase. We love her, but I wanted to play a little bit with the elements of her fit to make them more interesting.

The barbershop-quartet-core hat could instead be an off-kilter or sculptural cap, still in straw, but less dorky. The first image above shows her collared shirt as orange, a mis-coloring, but I liked the idea of orange layered under red or pink – a short-sleeved sweatshirt to give the top half of the fit more structural integrity and make it more fall-friendly. Add a pair of light-wash, straight-leg jeans under the knee-length skirt (or replace the skirt entirely if you don’t like wearing them) and a boy as cute as Seiji Amasawa’s oversized tan leather jacket on top, and this outfit could be worn through November.

Sun Hat – $145
Vintage Straw Hat – $32
Straw Hat – $89 (Sale)
Straw Newsboy Cap – $145
Straw Hat – $50
Orange Polo – $134 (Sale)
Orange Polo – $18.99
70s Polo – $41
Ribbed Polo – $32.30 (Sale)
Orange Polo – $164 (Sale)
Orange Polo – $100 (Sale)
60s Striped Short Sleeved Sweatshirt – $75
90s Short Sleeved Sweatshirt – $54.95
60s Short Sleeved Sweatshirt – $68
Short Sleeve Sweatshirt – $107 (Sale)
Distressed Pullover – $49.99
Coral Short Sleeved Sweatshirt – $44
60s Short Sleeved Sweatshirt – $80.32
Pleated Skirt – $180 (Sale)
Pleated Skirt – $42
Pleated Skirt – $19.60 (Sale)
Vintage Tennis Skirt – $45
Yellow Jacquard Skirt – $99 (Sale)
90s Skort – $24 (Sale)
60s Skirt – $32
Slouchy Socks – $15.29/3 pairs (Sale)
Slouchy Socks – $16
Brown Loafers – $112 (Sale)
Penny Loafer – $39.95
90s Loafers – $32
Vintage Loafers – $20.08
Leather Briefcase – $396 (Sale)
Shoulder Bag – $90
Messenger Bag – $89.98
Handmade Briefcase – $49.99 (Sale)

Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday (1991), a criminally underrated Ghibli film, features the character Taeko Okajima as a weltschmerz-laden 27-year-old with very little drip, nostalgic for her childhood, when she did. A red-and-white varsity-style jacket or cardigan + a more tomato-red pleated skirt are the base for some childlike but sophisticated color play with her accessories: lilac socks layered over black tights and under shiny red Mary Janes, an unexpectedly dull-toned greenish-brown plaid scarf, pink gloves, a red “Randoseru” backpack, and one finishing touch that you’ll have to stay tuned to discover…

90s Varsity Jacket – $28
Letterman Jacket – $48.19
Vintage Letterman Jacket – $89
Vintage Reversible Letterman Jacket – $65
Varsity Jacket – $15
Vintage Cardigan – $44
Atomic Cardigan – $129 (Sale)
Tennis Skirt – $21.24 (Sale)
Wool Skirt – $330 (Sale)
70s Skirt – $56
Pleated Wool Skirt – $37
Tennis Skirt – $55
Vintage Gloves – $20
Vintage Gloves – $18
Wool Scarf – $67.79 (Sale)
Plaid Hoodie Scarf – $38
Lambswool Scarf – $25.50 (Sale)
Plaid Scarf ~ $251.14
Stripe Scarf – $125
Plaid Scarf – $12 (Sale)
Hemp Leggings – $37.99
Black Tights – $15
Socks – $24
Fluffy Socks – $22
Crew Socks – $8.45
Slouch Socks – $4
Ballet Flats – $50.17
Ballet Flats – $244.41 (Sale)
60s Mary Janes – $159
Deadstock Mary Janes – $22
Mary Janes – $460
Handmade Mary Janes – $99
Randoseru Backpack – $91.88
Randoseru Backpack – $67.38
Randoseru Backpack – $61.25
Randoseru Backpack – $49.99

The secret finishing touch is an adorable flower hair pin that I imagine as enamel, but could be any cheerily-colored material.

Flower Hair Pins – $18
Vintage Hair Pin – $8.17
Vintage Barrettes – $8.50 (Sale)
90s Hair Pins – $2.90 each (Sale)
Vintage Barrette – $25
Vintage Hair Pins – $5.10 (Sale)

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