My Style Heroes: Round Björk

I’ve been going through another Björk phase lately after 7 years astray. This time around, I’ve been paying more attention to her biggest misses (can we please collectively pretend Volta and the line about the “suicide bomber made to look pregnant” was a fever dream?) but have been ever more impressed by her biggest hits (Vespertine has been a renewed revelation for me these past few weeks), including the fact that she basically has not stuttered, style-wise, since she emerged out of utero.

Below, style and outfit tips from the past 30 years of Björk’s illustrious sartorial career for you to ponder, enjoy, and/or apply while I go try to forget the fact that she’s billed lower than Travis Scott on the Argentine Primavera Sound billboards. Has anyone ever died at a Björk show? Just wondering…

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There is nothing cozier than Yung Björk in what appears to be a crocheted, hooded onesie. I couldn’t find a dupe (uhhh have one made?), but there are plenty of knit and crocheted separates to pair with hiking boots and layer insouciantly with whatever necklaces you happen to have lying around (hopefully they all have talismanic properties or mystic charms).

Knit Hoodie – $60
Crochet Hoodie – $63.80
Cardigan – $695
Knit Hoodie – £255.00
Crochet Trousers – $170.67+
Crochet Pants – $185
Crochet Trousers – $525
60s Crochet Set – $250
70s Set – $125
Hiking Boots – €450
Mountain Hiker – $75
90s Hiking Boots – $98

The simplest tip that B has abided by since her Sugarcubes days is that any dress, in any color, can do with some bright, solid-colored tights underneath. I think it’s so cool to brazenly pair red and green as if you are not already an elfin creature and top the ensemble off with incredibly unbrushed hair. This look is more punk than wearing all black, somehow.

For fall/winter: enough of the chintzy, nostalgic guilt coats. Swaddle yourself in a neutral-colored puffer coat with sculptural elements such as a cocoon shape, shawl collar, asymmetric construction, or what have you. You can literally wear skinny jeans and a neon muumuu?? under this and people will still be like yeah. They look great. This is fine.

Vest – $32000 ARS
Angel Puffer Jacket – £1,965.00
Down Jacket – $135
80s Shawl Coat – $65.60 (Sale)
Down Coat – $215.20 (Sale)
Structured Coat – $197.10 (Sale)
Quilted Puffer – $98

My current white whale is this pair of Reeboks Bjork seemed to wear literally every day of the 90s. If anyone can figure out how to get them to Argentina, let me know. I have never lusted after architectural, hypebeasty neon sneaks before, but when paired with a maxi skirt or big pants + tiny top combo, they work so ineffably well, especially with thermal oranges, reds, and pinks. The last look, with a neon sweater, lurex-y maxi, woven tote and look of utter determination is how I hope I look traversing the city at all times. I need to remember to stick my tongue out with intensity more.

Instapump Fury – $132 – $253
Instapump Fury – $103 – $139
Instapump Fury – $103 – $200
Air Huarache Low-Top – $170
Air Huarache Low-Top – $150
80s Sweatshirt – $38
90s Sweater – $33
The New Mariniere Top – £70.00
70s Lurex Skirt – $42
Vintage Sparkly Skirt – $42
Vintage Sparkly Skirt – $14 (Sale)
70s Macrame Purse – $25
Vintage Raffia Handbag – $40
Raffia Tote Bag – $115

I couldn’t find anything even close to duping this Viktor 7 Rolf number, but I think we should all just keep “layered collars” in mind, like a mantra.

Thanks, if you’ve read this far. Sorry my posts have been a little terse lately, I’ve been having quite a time adjusting to living in a new country, learning a new language, trying to find work, and dealing with having a body and all the joys that entails.

Please feel free to hit me up on Instagram with any wuestions, comments, or Björk trivia you may have skittering around in your brain.

❤ HR

Looking Like a Yankee: Buenos Aires Style 1/?

This is the first of any posts I choose to make about my impressions of Buenos Aires’ (more accurately, CABA‘s) style scene as someone who lived in New York City for seven years prior to moving here three weeks ago.

My perspective is relatively uninformed (I barely speak Spanish [yet]), novice, and is based mostly on my personal observations and opinions. I’m happy to learn more about Argentina’s fashion world/history and change my perspective as I continue to live here, so if you have any insights to share, please do either via DM on Instagram or to hr@humanrepeller.com.

Also, if you’re a new follower, I’m non-binary and use they/them pronouns so if I ever misgender anyone or myself, haha, while writing in Spanish, it’s because of my lack of grasp on the language and I would appreciate being corrected!

This post begins with a few general thoughts on the ~vibes~ of the fashion world here and continues into more specific material trends I’ve observed.

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Confusing Williamsburg 2010s Vibes… But Fashion is an Exception

When I told people I was going to move to Buenos Aires for a while, the first thing most of them questioned, aghast, was how I would survive there as a lifelong, gold-star vegetarian. I figured I’d live, but I never could have guessed that there would be vegetarian, if not vegan options at virtually every restaurant and cafe I encountered (as well as the crunchy equivalent to a bodega, a ‘natural food’ shop, every two blocks in the notably bougie neighborhood I’ve been privileged to stay in thus far).

This would be excellent if the veg options were varied and/or consistently good. Instead, I have been subsisting, to a dangerous extent, upon avocado toast. It’s virtually omnipresent and affably affordable here, averaging around four bucks on the expensive side for a substantial, meal-sized slice of toast, the avocado usually accompanied by welcome (jammy eggs, tomato slices, basil leaves) or incredibly unwelcome (olive tapenade so salty it burned my tongue for hours, cream cheese, wine-soaked and VERY sweet onion slices) accoutrements. Below, the former vs. the latter.

This is just one simple example of the ways in which many of the newer/’trendier’ BA establishments skew, in both content and aesthetic, towards the infamous ethos of 2010s Williamsburg in all its slick but cloying Millenialism. A bar that would otherwise have felt romantic and classic was made mawkish by its mood-killing, decade-old dubstep soundtrack, which didn’t even jibe with the other jarring factor of the pseudo-steampunk decor that evoked aggressively waked mustaches, bespoke decorative hatchets, yadda yadda.

There is certainly an economic factor to this apparently arrested aesthetic development, which I am not qualified or willing to dissect, especially because after all that yammering I will happily report that though one has to go to great lengths to escape this phenomenon in the food and music scenes, it is not a defining factor of the fashion world here.

Notable Earnestness

A protective agent against the pull of twentyteens fashion cringe is the earnestness with which people seem to approach dressing in Argentina. Maybe it’s simply in comparison to NYC where everyone is blackpilled into twenty meta-levels of irony that cake every sartorial gesture, but I’ve noticed here that it seems accepted and encouraged to dress on theme for theme parties and reference past decades with far less cynicism than what, say, Y2K has morphed into entailing in the states. Most notably, the coolest dressers are, as everywhere, the queer fashion plates (who I will hopefully feature in upcoming posts!), but here, classic aesthetic signifiers of queerness have not (yet) been eschewed in favor of the knowing subtlety/cheekiness that has characterized queer high fashion in NY these past few years.

Roxy Shorts – $3500 ARS
Cure Trousers – $25390
Body Suit – $9590

At first, I interpreted the popularity of leather, lace, serger seams, and the below microtrends as retrograde or, less generously, influenced by a Eurotrash aesthetic I couldn’t relate to. As I have continued to research on Instagram and at parties, however, I think this is more due to a wholesome resistance to the assimilation-oriented aesthetics American queer influencers have adapted in the 2020s. I want to emphasize that I don’t think either tack is superior and that there is no “queer way” to dress, just that the Argentine fashion community seems to pull more influence from classically queer materials and modes of dress than their US counterpart, which, though potentially more innovative for it, has been inflected many times over with cynicism due to the heavy-handed commodification of more traditional queer aesthetic cues (e.g. leather daddies on a Bank of America-sponsored Pride float, or something of the sort) as well as the influence of mainly Northern Hemisphere trends such as…. “Clean Girl.”

Though most people I’ve seen in BA have been dressed innocuously, mostly in the name of pragmatism (again, probably in no small way due to economic factors I will not get into here and now), I don’t think I’ve seen a single person who has adapted the “Clean Girl Aesthetic” that so dominated the past year’s style M.O. in the States. People here seem to either not care about fashion or care a lot and have no desire to present that care as understated. The aforementioned earnestness is incompatible with a trend predicated upon a studied minimalism and a je-ne-sais-quoi almost always backed up by either the existence of or the aspiration towards wealth. This particular brand of “Clean” is very Nordic, and upon arriving to Argentina I realized its colonial history means its Spanish and Italian influences define the brand of Eurocentrism that exists here. “Clean Girl” exists in opposition to the “messiness” of the “Eurotrash” look that, for all its heavy-handedness and emphasis of new money, I value for its earnestness and enthusiasm over Clean Girl’s glassy-eyed amenability.

Last general note: a ton of anime-inspired or derived clothing is readily accessible here. Thank god. More on this later.

Evangelion Bike Shorts – $8300 ARS

Sheer and/or Printed Fabrics

One of the first trends I noticed as a common thread through my favorite independent Argentine brands was the usage of sheer fabrics, photo prints, and combinations of the two. Below, two of my favorite pieces I’ve bought so far, a now sold-out Björk dress by ARXE and Anemone “Second Skin” pants by LOW. Basically, showing ass and nips is very acceptable in the party circuit right now, and surprisingly non-provocative amongst the general populace (I have worn both of these pieces outside to no chaos. Granted, I have spent most of my time in fairly artist and expat-heavy areas). Below my ass, more selections of sheer and/or printed garments I like.

Second Skin Top – $5900 ARS
Second Skin Pants – $8000 ARS
Trash Shirt – $5540
Arg Gloves – $2390 ARS
Psychedelic Shirt – $5000 ARS
Heidi Shirt – $9280 ARS

Sleeves, Tights, Hoods

Accessories-wise, sleeves for your arms (sleeves), legs (tights), and head (hoods) are frequent additions to outfits.

I got these reworked sleeves via Instagram and am not quite sure what to pair them with, but I loved the swishy cuffs and neutral but eye-catching plaid. Suggestions on what to pair them with are welcome via DM.

Sleeves via The Market Shop

Tights here feature unique details like foot straps, twisted cut-outs…

Ghost Tights – $8650 ARS
Tights – $2890 ARS

…and more of the aforementioned photo prints such as the sacred/profane combos made by Nina, which I am wearing below. I told her she should expand to Judaic imagery, because though I have moved countries, my commitment to Yentacore has remained steadfast.

Via @ninaxscout
Tights Vva @ninaxscout

Lastly, hoods ranging from simple swathes of fabric worn by my friend Nani below to sculptural, structured headpieces, are a utilitarian trend: they are perfect in both cold weather (in lieu of a balaclava) and hot weather, as they block out the sun beautifully.

Camel Hood – $1800 ARS
Out of stock hood by J2
Shelter Hood – $4100 ARS

Come back later for more yankified thoughts on Argentine fashion + interviews with people I consider fashion icons down here, and let me know at hr@humanrepeller.com or on IG if you have any specific questions about the sartorial culture in Buenos Aires you want answered.

Buenas + ciao!

❤ HR

My Skullcap Fixation: Tragic or Visionary?

The title of this post is clickbait in that I am pretty sure my skullcap fixation is visionary and if you think it’s tragic, that’s your damage. But I am no more a portion of god than any of you skullcap haters out there, so I manufactured some humble ambiguity.

Note: Some of this writing on skullcaps is taken from one of August 22’s Patreon bonus posts. Subscribe for $2 or more per month to get two bonus HR posts a month and be the first to know about my obsessions and prophecies. I can’t guarantee their prescience, but I can strongly believe in it 🙂

Another Note: I recently wrote a polemic re: how much I hate fashion week for my Patreon subs (again, 2 bucks a month for shit that could get me in trouble if the right/wrong style editors found out) and all that still stands. I am using fashion shows in this post to illustrate my conception of the skullcap as a garment with specific aesthetic and symbolic implications because they are the easiest way to do so and are the most pointed historical texts I know of to support my fervent claims. I still hate the runway show rigamarole, I just love skullcaps. Ok, let’s get on with it.

You may recall (how presumptuous of me, wow, you might have no clue what I’m on
about and that’s fine) my… some would say “unhinged”… proclamation that Jewish
aesthetics should be made fashionable in competition with the Catholic stylings that
have been prevalent amongst Gen Z since, it seems, the Heavenly Bodies Met Gala in 2018.

It may have been a little wild at the time, but I seem to have been on to
something, as a certain accessory has been popping out from behind every corner of
the internet I pass by in my Hebraic wanderings: the skullcap.

For a goy (non-Jew) (I’m Jewish, if you couldn’t guess thus far) wearing an actual
yarmulke/kippah as a fashion statement would not only be the bad flavor of cultural
appropriation (kippot are sacred accessories meant to strengthen the connection of the
wearer to god) but also, in my opinion, not a great look. And of course, Judaism is not
the only religion with a skullcap-adjacent accessory: some Muslims and African
Christians wear kufi caps, the pope wears a zucchetto, others wear a taqiyah, kufi, takke, etc. etc.

But I think the skullcap as a secular garment will soon be coming back after its more recent resurgences in the 1920s, 60s (doing the 20s), and 2000s in different variations on the crocheted cloche. I much
prefer these iterations to the 20teens fuckboy’s brimless cap. Think of it as an evolution of the crocheted chapeaus popularized in the past few years by brands like Emily Dawn Long and Memorial Day. This trend would align with the resurgence of late-oughts, post-Y2K (maybe “Bobo“-ish?) style, manifested in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear show in tastelessly orientalist style:

Styled independently of the weird para-pirate theme that characterized the show, these caps would rock. More tightly-knit skullcaps did rock at the GmbH Fall 2022 Menswear show, styled with oversized and stiffly draped garments, qualities that seemed to mock their own traditional masculinity when contextualized alongside details such as chunky fur cuffs that referenced the hand muffs typically coded as a feminine accessory.

The skullcaps functioned to expose the levity in what could otherwise be experienced as a self-serious collection: one of their aesthetic qualities is their emphasis of the size and shape of the head. Pressing to the skull any hair the wearer might have, the skullcap is a visual reminder of the relative smallness and vulnerability of a human skull, incredible when considering what it contains. The exaggerated shoulder slopes and low hemlines of many of GmbH’s coats exacerbate this impression: see the center image above, where the model in red’s head appears cartoonishly tiny.

At the same time, the aforementioned religious connotations of the skullcap come through in this collection, encouraging the viewer to imagine the clothes as an alternate universe’s religious vestments (an interpretation supported by the simple color palette largely comprised of greyscale and crimson, hues that evoke the solemnity and vitality of sacred imagery, the priest’s clerical garb and the blood of martyrs) and balancing the levity with a sacrosanct undertone.

Looser-woven skullcaps look great studded with jewels, as in the Saint Laurent Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear show, where they light sparks atop what I otherwise feel are not noteworthy looks:

A similar effect can be achieved by weaving metallic threads into the fabric itself, as Gemsun did with their Sunset Cap, which I own and have espoused the virtues of many times over.

They look great on long hair. They look great on short hair. They are one of the rarefied pieces of headwear that people with buzz cuts look great in. They can run the gamut from grungy and magical to hippie-twee, even within the purview of a single design house, as can be seen in the contrast between Anna Sui’s Spring 1993 (below left) and Spring 2011 (below right) Ready-to-Wear collections.

They can add softness to a look:

via Dazed

Or sportiness, as with this Boca Juniors cap I picked up today at keak vintage, the best vintage store I’ve found in Buenos Aires by FAR thus far (more on it later) (ignore the awful lighting, we are in a temporary apartment right now):

Or they can simply be deployed to negate a difficult/cowlicky hair day (this one is from keak as well):

In conclusion: The crocheted/knit skullcap is perfect for people whose fingers itch to slap a beanie onto their heads in the height of summer, looks ineffably mod and charmingly vintage at the same time, simultaneously profane and holy, can be handcrafted or bought from a hand-crafter on the relative low, and is genderless and flattering to all.

Here are just a few skullcaps you can find online, but the coolest, most visionary vintage store near you might have a few.

Here’s an affordable, vintage, and extremely sweet option. Please wear it as shown below and not pushed back like a fifth grader in ‘08 as shown in the other photos on the listing. ($23.49)

I own and love the Gemsun take on the crochet skullcap in white with silvery threads (it also comes in black with gold threads) woven throughout and think it will be a seasonless staple in my wardrobe–the white will wear well in winter, the shimmer is festive enough for holiday garb, hell, I could even wear it to (a more liberal) synagogue on the high holidays. ($90)

I shouted this cap out in an HR post back in March. I’m not bragging that it was
prescient, but… ($123.25)

Lastly, Olivia Irja creates amazing handmade caps and bonnets and would be the perfect person to commission one of these from. (Price on request)

I’m inserting my spiel, in an unadvisable fashion, at the end this time, because there were so many notes up front I didn’t want to clog up the works, but if you made it this far: te quiero. Estoy encantade contigo. Besitos, besitos, besitos.

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❤ HR

Fall Outfit Concept: Steal From Children

Hi! Most kids dress better than I do, including Child Me! Today, I’m sharing some concepts to fall back on this fall (or spring, if you’re in the same hemisphere as I am at the moment), inspired by kids’ fits (mostly mine) (I feel weird about sharing pics of children on my blog but I feel ok about sharing pics of myself so). One unimpeachable outfit recipe, one color, and two items that will carry you safely through whatever transition you are entering at the moment.

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This Exact Outfit

Via @napkinapocalypse

Everything about this outfit (on a random child who was publicly shared on Instagram and passed on to me by similarly impressed fashion lovers) is perfect. The knee-high, cherry-red, patent boots. They should be rubber in case of spring or fall showers. Then, the confounding bottoms: ARE THOSE SHORTS?? A SKIRT? A SKORT????????? I could not find anything that seemed to match the perfection of these bottoms, but either long shorts or a short skirt, pleated and plaid (any colors), would do.

Then, it’s time to dig out the ol’ tie-dyes from summer 2020. You know the ones. You also, if you have been following this blog for a while now, know I won’t link any recs for a tie-dyed top, because I believe the magic of tie-dye lies in its hand-making. This would be even better, as above, if the tie-dyed tee/long sleeve/sweatshirt had an insouciant logo already printed on it that the tie-dye reclaims as part of an almost neutral pattern. I swear that you could pull off this combo with literally any colors as long as you have the red boots. I don’t know why this works, but don’t look a gift outfit in the mouth.

90s Shorts – $49.99
Vintage Shorts – $34
Vintage Skort – $22
Vintage Skort – $30
Mariposa Skirt – $129 (Sale)
90s Bermuda Shorts – $36
Miniskirt – $250 (Sale)
Vintage Shorts – $40 (Sale)
Knee High Rain Boots – $20
Hurricaine Wellie – $31.90
Monogram Boots – $80
Tall Rain Boots – $49.95
Rubber Rain Boots – $29.99
Rain Boots – $47.50 (Sale)
Rain Boots – $25

Purple

Purple was my favorite color as a child, but for some reason I have eschewed it almost completely in dressing since then. I think it’s time to return, abashed, into the always-welcoming arms of this secondary color. I’m not sure why, but I think it’s the color of the second half of 2022, as I mentioned a few posts ago. I am being really vague about the rationale behind this post, but that’s just because I’m going by instinct like a KID with this stuff.

Water shoes are back, much to the vindication of my Keen-wearing high school self. Gingham is cool too, especially on shoes, as seen above left. This baby was me, by the way! I guess I had multiple pairs of purple overalls. I like a rich, blueish purple or a greying, faded purple, not as big a fan of the more magenta-inflected variations.

Purple Fleece Pants – $62 (Sale)
Tattoo Socks ~ $5.83 ($820 ARS)
Overalls – $145 (Sale)
Saya Undies ~ $18.49 ($2600 ARS)
Purple Clogs – $38 (Sale)
Tights – $16
Water Shoes – $49.99
Water Shoes – $22.22 (Sale)
Vintage Romper – $48
80s Joggers – $49
Vintage Jeans – $68 (Sale)
80s Sweatshirt – $39
Vintage Dress ~ $113.81 ($16000 ARS)
Gingham Low Tops – $28

Striped Long Sleeve Shirt

Effortlessly cool, perfect companion to jeans (and again, GINGHAM SNEAKERS), looks great on monkey bars. Don’t get too precious or French with the cut or stripe pattern. This is sandbox shit.

Striped T-Shirt – $66 (Sale)
Striped Shirt ~ $29.87 ($4200 ARS)
Striped T-Shirt – $56 (Sale)
Striped T-Shirt – $163 (Sale)
90s Thermal Top – $28
Striped T-Shirt – $17.60 (Sale)
Vintage Striped T-Shirt – $40

Mary Jane Flats

Preferably in an unexpected color or pattern! I don’t have any pics on hand, but trust that I wore MJs for 90% of my prepubescence. My mom can corroborate if you don’t believe me, just send me an Instagram DM and I’ll connect you two.

Mary Janes ~ $96.04 ($13500 ARS)
Deadstock Vintage Mary Janes – $25
90s Mary Janes – $79.99
Vintage Mary Janes – $48
Blue Velvet Flats – $89
Mary Janes – $184

Thanks for making it to the end of this post! Here are some pics of me in the Argentine Mary Janes, Striped Shirt, and Saya Undies mentioned above.

Hit up HR’s Instagram for more BS.

❤ HR

Buenos Aires Fashion: First Impressions

As everyone is tired of hearing, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina this week, and since moving have been exhausted, still in pain from my sardine can of a flight, and very confused as to what the Argentine fashion scene looks like. One reason it’s harder to unearth than in NYC or Berlin is that Argentina has been in severe economic crisis for basically the entire past century, so the fashion industry has not been as high-priority or culturally potent as it is in other countries. This is reflected in the fact that most clothing in Argentina is so incredibly cheap on the “Dolar Blue,” the unofficial exchange rate of USD to ARS (Argentine pesos), that I have had to triple check prices many times in disbelief.

In this first impression of Argentine fashion, I’ve done some deep diving into the cool CABA (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) kids’ Instagrams and found a few boutiques, artisans, and vintage stores that I either have already liked or plan to check out soon and review more thoroughly. I’ve listed prices in their current USD approximation (not on the Dolar Blue, on the official exchange rate, so a little less cheap but the rate one would have to pay for international purchase) and in ARS, because I hope some Argentines find my blog and report to me on Instagram or via email (hr@humanrepeller.com) where the real cool places a Yankee couldn’t discover even in 12+ hours of fervent research are located. If you have any questions about why I’m here, or live in CABA and want to hang out, contact me via the above routes!

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Thank you SO MUCH for your support, whatever you are able and willing to do to help is extremely valuable to me and I’m honored to be a small part of your life on the web.

Boutique Clothing

Unitivo – Bright, saturated colors that buzz together (their socks are the best deal, I got 3 pairs!)

Parallel Shirt ~ $26.18 ($3640 ARS) (Sale)

Justa Petra – Miu Miu-esque buckled flats and deliciously shiny bags

Flower Purse ~ $261.83 ($36400 ARS)
Penny Moccasin ~$158.25 ($22000 ARS) (Sale)
Susan Boot ~ $186.45 ($25920 ARS) (Sale)

Anushka Elliot – Breathtaking lacy dresses and cowboy-inspired clothes in great color palettes

Ara Dress ~ $226.59 ($31500 ARS) (Sale)
Morgan Vest ~ $80.56 ($11200 ARS) (Sale)

Protesta – Pants printed with sick collages in innovative color combos

Remote Pants ~ $54.67 ($7600 ARS)

Low Low – Jersey or mesh loungewear printed with sea flora and fauna (translate their clothing descriptions, they’re well worth reading). I am going to try to buy some stuff from them soon!

Medusa Shirt ~ $30.21 ($4200 ARS)
Second Skin Pants ~$57.55 ($8000 ARS)
Fanny Pack ~ $20.86 ($2900 ARS)

Canela – More masculine bags in various styles (the mini “Envel” bags are the coolest, but the fanny packs have the best colors)

Mini Bag ~ $17.98 ($2500 ARS)

Underwear/Lingerie

Mas Amor Interior – Well-structured and romantic pieces in both basic cotton and tasteful florals! This is where I’ll get underwear when I inevitably run out of laundry one day

Cotton Pack ~ $35.89 ($4990 ARS)
Echinacea Thong ~$12.16 ($1690 ARS)

Très – Brightly-colored undergarments that I thiiink can be used as swimwear, unless I’m mistaken?

Agnes Bodysuit ~ $50.35 ($7000 ARS)

Vintage Shops

Tienda Lelouch – A super solid selection, I’m excited to check it out and see how it measures up quality-wise!

Editado – The highest-end resale store I’ve found based in AR thus far, with the highest prices but some excellent curation skills at play

Cropped Flowers Jacket ~ $37.40 ($5200 ARS)
Miu Miu Purse – Price on request

Rulos Vintage – I got a great deal on some accessories from Rulos and the person, Mariana, who met me to drop off the package was so lovely and kind! I look forward to ordering from them again. The below sandals are so reminiscent of Toga Pulla, for like 1/16 the price

Studded Sandals ~ $28.05 ($3900 ARS)
I bought this bag >:)

Planeta Vintage – Some wild shapes and patterns that truly made my brain feel good

Coat ~ $32.37 ($4500 ARS)

Hand Knits

Mushi Stitch – I love the knit sleeves and the single-armed sweater situations (and it seems like the creator loves manga so that’s a huge plus)

Manga Heaven ~ $27.34 ($3800 ARS)

Handmade by Mech – The color combos are impeccable, the quality looks amazing, and the designs aren’t tired or too trendy – I want the vest so badly!

Obsession Vest ~ $47.48 ($6600 ARS)
Ocean Bucket Hat ~ $25.18 ($3500 ARS)

Jewelry

Glaucus Blue – Anyone who makes Kurapika earrings gets a big stamp of approval from me

Chains Earrings ~$3.38 ($470 ARS)

Chainss – Extremely affordable, simple, but perfect jewelry (I thought the key necklace was the perfect size to copy Tony Leung in Happy Together, the quintessential Argentina film [I’m kind of joking])

Chain Rings Set ~ $3.96 ($550 ARS)
Mini Key Chain ~ $5.75 ($800 ARS)

Eren – More simple pieces that drape perfectly (from what I can see in the photos)

Beginner Choker ~ $4.32 ($600 ARS)
Law Necklace ~ $3.24 ($450 ARS) (Sale)

MQM – I’ve never seen tattoo gun earrings before and these look sick!

Tattoo Earrings ~ $6.47 ($900 ARS)

J.J. – My favorite jewelry store so far, the colors, shapes, and designs of these pieces make me so happy. I love their use of baroque pearls

Love Necklace ~ $50.35 ($7000 ARS)
The Way Necklace ~ $71.93 ($10000 ARS)


Muchas gracias por leer este blog, les mando mucho amor y inspiración desde Buenos Aires. Lo siento, apesto en español.

❤ HR

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)

This post was a fun one for me, hope it was for you, too! Let me know 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, PROVE 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 am writing this to you from Buenos Aires! If you’re a new follower from CABA, please be my friend, cause I have none in the city yet and I wanna know where all the fashion people are lurking!


Muchas gracias por estar aqui.

❤ HR

How To Dress Like a Studio Ghibli Character: Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke Edition

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.

Vintage Blouse – $52.55
White Cotton Shirt – $203 (Sale)
Off-White Blouse – $135 (Sale)
90s Peasant Blouse – $54.50
Peasant Blouse – $22
White Blouse – $435
Vintage Peasant Blouse – $68
Vintage Linen Shirt – $63.06
Pencil Pants – $98
90s Stirrup Jeans – $60
50s Style Cigarette Pants – $59.99
Vintage Cigarette Pants – $33
Chelsea Boots – $150 (Sale)
Apple Leather Boots – $194 (Sale)
Double Function Boots – $192 (Sale)
Ankle Boots – $208
Leather Boots – $50
Ballet Flats – $39
Black Flats – $90
Black Flats – $74.99
Jelly Earrings – $325
Bay Earrings – $71 (Sale)
Eloise – $60 (Sale)
Vintage Teardrop Necklace – $18
Topaz Pendant – $150

Now, just hear me out,

Swirl Drop Earring – $80 (Sale)
Single Chain Earrings ~ $176.24
Hoops ~ $162.14
Oyster Ear Clips – $344.26

Princess Mononoke

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.

White Gi Top – $30.98
Thea Blouse – $207 (Sale)
Antique Dickie Top – $56.25 (Sale)
Cotton Blouse – $215 (Sale)
Crepe Top – $84.08
Tank – $200
Crop Top – $175
Tank Tunic – $12.99 (Sale)
Tank Tunic – $9.99 (Sale)
60s Dress – $95
Linen Tunic – $46
Linen Dress – $54
90s Dress – $1,095
Asymmetric-Seam Sleeveless Dress – $395
Mariana Skirt – $300
Fur Coat – $599
Vintage Shag Jacket – $220
Vintage Coat – $51.55 (Sale)
80s Boots – $86
Slouchy Boot – $43.99
80s Boots – $40.99
90s Boots – $27.50
Jayne Boot – $59.99
Bleeding Hearts Necklace – $325
Shark Tooth Necklace – $38
Isa Necklace – $69 (Sale)
Arm Cuff – $37.83
Leather Arm Band – $19.99
Gold Arm Band – $25.01

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.

❤ HR

Designer Off Duty #2: Anamaria Morris

Pieces sold at Sandy Liang via Anamaria aka @all___kinds

If you have an Instagram account, you’ve almost certainly seen the work of Anamaria Morris, an artist/sculptor/visionary who creates pieces in polymer clay that have been written up in Architectural Digest, sold at Sandy Liang’s storefront, and lauded across every corner of home decor social media niches.

Via @all___kinds

Anamaria’s work first blew up through Instagram’s appreciation for her detailed, fantastical, typically functional dessert pieces like the above cake clocks (she has also made cake slice candle holders, pie clocks, and many more hunger-inducing pieces). The reason I fell in love with Anamaria’s world was how she chooses to share her inspirations with her Instagram followers in such a way that you can track her thought process, shifts in her creative M.O., and even spot new interior design trends months before they are realized, all by following her sharp eye.

Some Instagram-based artists tend to be stingy with their inspirations, fearful of another maker swooping in to usurp their concepts before they can be realized, but months before Anamaria posted the cake clock that kindled thousands of obsessions, she posted this image:

Via @all___kinds

By using her Instagram as a creative journal/collage/mood board, Anamaria’s generosity allows others to glean from her rich bank of references, inciting chains of creativity that make her the most valuable kind of “influencer” possible: one who influences people to join her in the act of creation. This is how we met–one of Anamaria’s inspiration posts showed up on my feed and was the generative force behind my late summer/early fall moodboard that has since launched the Fall Film Fashion Follies series here on HR. I was so enchanted by how compelling Anamaria’s vision was to me that I decided I wanted to explore how she dresses on a quotidian basis as part of the Designer Off Duty series.

Via @all___kinds

I was not surprised to find that her dressing takes a similar tack to her artistry: attention to detail and an ineffable sheen permeate all four of the looks I’m sharing with you today. Anamaria’s outfits generally start with a simple base–a little black dress, a white blouse, a t-shirt–and focus attention on carefully chosen accessories with repeating motifs that make her entire wardrobe feel cohesive and easy to mix-and-match: bows, the color red, gingham, lace.

Below, I’ve broken down the accessorizing strategies for four looks Anamaria kindly shared with me, easily achievable at reasonable price points. There are some details that I wasn’t sure about from these photos, such as the material of the necklace in the first fit, but instead of asking exactly where she copped her accessories (though stay tuned for a few specifics she sent me after I wrote this post!), I found it a fun challenge to work with what I saw. The shapes, colors, and sheens of each accessory inspired the below recs, but I went beyond trying to replicate her looks and once again, Anamaria’s ingenuity led me down rabbit holes of creative thought that far transcended literal interpretation.

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Thank you SO MUCH for your support, whatever you are able and willing to do to help is extremely valuable to me and I’m honored to be a small part of your life on the web.

The Coolest Aunt at the Ballet Recital

I immediately thought of Sandy Liang’s new “Recital Bows” (below) when I saw this look–the dancer-ly Mary Janes, the coat that could be a vintage peignoir or robe, the tiny pop of a bright red handbag–and though the necklace might be a beaded nameplate, its shape reminded me of a string of elegantly lumpen Baroque or Keshi pearls (edit: stay tuned till the end to see where her actual necklace came from!).

Recital Bows – $88
Velvet Bow – $12.60
Oversized Bow – $24
Baroque Pearl Necklace – $82.99
Keshi Pearl Strand – $32
Baroque Pearl Necklace – $35.82 (Sale)
Anything from the fast-to-sell-out Afternoon Apricot would work wonders here!
Ash-throated Flycatcher – $53
Lacto Necklace – $295 (Sale)
Vintage Top Handle Purse – $75
Shoulder Bag – $96 (Sale)
Vintage Leather Purse – $20
70s Sheer Duster – $92.37
50s Lace Overcoat – $40
Vintage Peignoir – $54
60s Lace Robe – $36.99
Pebble Toe Mary Janes – $360
Twiggy Mary Janes – $410

Picnic in the Garden

With this look, I zeroed in on what seems to be a COA gingham bag in the sold-out baguette style, though they have similar bags still for sale (below) and vintage comps are simple to come by. There seems to be a huge scrunchie on Anamaria’s other wrist, which could be cute in plain lace to match the lacy tights or even as a continuation of the focus on gingham. Lastly, depending on the formality desired in the look, anything from flowery Crocs to ankle-strapped clogs like Anamaria’s would be a perfect finishing touch. Though there are no bows in the above look, they would not be out of place in her wardrobe in general and I LOVE the bowed tights at two different price points below.

Reversible Mini Tote – $180
Gingham Shoulder Bag – $200
60s Gingham Purse – $32.08
70s Gingham Bag – $28.80 (Sale)
Queen White ~ $53.12
Wilder Red Seersucker ~ $41.31
White Lace Scrunchie – $11.65
Large Whiter Scrunchie – $20.40 (Sale)
Bow Tights– $13.59 (Sale)
Floral Tights – $13.59 (Sale)
Bow Tights – $19.06 (Sale)
Bow Tights – $50
Lace Fishnets – $7.19 (Sale)
Wedge Sandal – $69.99
Miso Embroidered Mules – $290
Daisy Clog – $33 (Sale)
Trippe – $119.95
Leather Clogs – $59.99
Floral Crocs – $54.99

Bleeding Heart

Literally any mostly-white blouse + any mostly-black miniskirt or shorts would work with a tiny purse that, to me, looked like a ruffly heart and nearly knee-high black boots with just the right amount of shapeliness. Slicked-back hair and any earrings your heart desires would finish the fit off perfectly (red lip optional but perfect).

Red Velvet Drawstring Bag – $850
Vintage Red Leather Satchel – $110 (Sale)
Red Ruffle Shoulder Bag – $183 (Sale)
canyon Boot – $798
Vintage Boots – $149.40 (Sale)
90s Boots – $169.20 (Sale)
Vintage Boots – $95
Knee High Boots – $65.70 (Sale)

Cinderella 2022

Any white dress or tee + midi skirt combo would be perfect to layer under a bespoke vest by my friend Bailey (who miiight make an appearance in this series sooner or later) and make into a fairytale with clear plastic heels or sandals and lacy socks. I can’t believe it took me writing this whole blog post to process how Cinderella this look is. Completely in character for Anamaria’s looks.

Vest by Bailey Goldberg, price upon request
Lace Socks – $15
Lace Socks – $12
Lace Socks – $4.99
Olympia Wedges – $444
Vintage Plastic Heels – $260
Clear Strap Heels – $59.97 (Sale)
Vintage Lucite Heels – $80
Vintage Clear Heels – $34.99 (Sale)
Vintage Wedges – $78
Lilah Clear – $69.95

After I wrote this post, Anamaria was kind enough to send over links to a few of the actual items she was wearing in these photos, made by artists she supports.

Her “A” necklace was made by Floating World, and now I unfortunately need about 17 items from them:

And I was right, that ruffled bag was a heart, by Camille Albertine! Now sold out, but I’m holding out hope.

Thank you so much, Anamaria, for gracing the web with your creations and inspirations that we can all, in turn, be inspired by. Everyone! Check her stuff out and let her know if her fits ignited something in you today.

As always, you can show HR and the featured artist support by sharing (tag me if on IG so I can see and thank you!), liking, saving, and commenting on HR’s Instagram, 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 hope your day is kind to you!

❤ HR

More Masc Merch Mandate

This blog is gonna get shut down for using too many bad alliterative/punny titles.

But before it does!

Requested by many, including my own neurons, here is a good ol-fashioned Depop haul of more masculine-coded clothes, as I have been really givin’ it to the dress-wearers lately (if you are new to this blog, I am nonbinary and appreciate both a good virginal dress and a sad boy sweater [the two genders]).

Some of these picks might be “menswear.” some not, but they all passed my genius masculinity scanner located in my brain and are guaranteed to get you called “king” a lot by straight girls, no matter your gender! A lot of the more expensive pieces are from brands that usually go for way more than listed and are probably very good quality, so check out the listings before you scoff. Enjoy (and good luck with the girls)!

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Thank you SO MUCH for your support, whatever you are able and willing to do to help is extremely valuable to me and I’m honored to be a small part of your life on the web.

Tops

Vintage Shirt – $12
Printed Shirt – $75
Sheer Shirt – $60
Mesh Polo – $25
Vintage Knit Shirt – $60
Handmade Polo – $250
Muscle Tee – $165
Patchwork Shirt – $150
Vintage Shirt – $75
Vintage Button Down – $50
Asymmetrical Shirt – $40
Button Down – $50
Button Down Sweater – $67.50 (Sale)
Angora Turtleneck – $100
Sweater – $175
Sweater – $275
Virgin Mary Crew Neck – $450
Mohair Sweater ~ $236.59
Camera Crewneck – $130

Bottoms

Plaid Pants – $144 (Sale)
Dress Pants – $55
Vintage Corduroys – $52
Vintage Printed Pants – $100
Wool Trousers – $100
Convertible Cargo Pants – $300
Vintage Chinos – $99
Vintage Track Pants – $17
Marble Sweats – $120
Pinstripe Layered Shorts – $180

Full Body

Denim Jumpsuit – $75
Vintage Boiler Suit – $48
Vintage Jumpsuit – $139.95

Outerwear

Structured Jacket – $205
Vintage Tuxedo – $100
Vintage Goretex Coat – $30
Plaid Blazer – $18
Collarless Blazer – $285
Bomber Jacket ~ $266.16
Plaid Cardigan – $310
Convertible Chore Jacket – $300

Shoes

Horsebit Loafers – $239
Sneakers – $350
Sneakers – $49
Leather Boots – $90
Square-toed Shearling Boots – $275
Flesh Shoes (lol) – $160

Accessories

Wonderbread Hat – $30
Vintage Conductor Hat – $45
Vintage Bag – $100
Leather Bag ~ $74.51

Hope these picks rubbed you the right way in a non-gross sense, and as always, please let other people know about the metaphysical rubbing by sharing (tag me if on IG so I can see and thank you!), liking, saving, and commenting on HR’s Instagram, 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.

Extra love to all my fellow testosterone-takers on there. Oh, and, I’m raising money for my top surgery here if you care to donate or share, which would make me very verklempt.

xx as the Brits say!

❤ HR

Fall Film Fashion Follies #2: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) is an incredible film for late summer/early fall fashion guidance, because 80% of the film entails characters traipsing around in virginal, summery dresses and the other 20% involves accessorizing with autumnal shawls and capes. I might not be selling this very well as a film with, like, a plot and a moral, but that’s about right! One watches Czech surrealist films for the vibes, and those in Valerie are sacrosanct, elated, terrifying in a confusing way, and above all, stylish as hell.

Letterboxdheads, don’t come for me, this is one of my favorite films or I wouldn’t be writing about it in the first place, and yes of course there are Themes and stuff but this is not a Themes blog, and here at HR we stick to the apparent frivolity of aestheticization, which is really just a facet of dialectical materialism, no, I swear, I’m really fun at parties,

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Thank you SO MUCH for your support, whatever you are able and willing to do to help is extremely valuable to me and I’m honored to be a small part of your life on the web.

On with the show!

The perfect Valerie dress is white, preferably true white but off will do, and has one or more of the following components: a square neckline, eyelets, lace, plisse, floral motifs, and/or a lightness that suggests sleepwear.

When searching for a Valerie dress, keep in mind that in addition to “dress” you should also consider the key words/phrases “nightgown,” “wedding dress,” “slip,” “peignoir,” “gown”, and “chemise.”

Separates with the characteristics listed above work just fine as well, exemplified by the two items below (a corset cover makes a great tank top, FYI).

Vintage Corset Cover – $87
Eyelet Skirt – $150

Here are some dresses that I think capture the sylph-like, but not too Lolita-leaning, vibe that can allow for an adult to be inspired by the dress of a pubescent girl without it being creepy or sad.

Antique Chemise – $91.77
Antique Embroidered Dress – $132.74
Vintage Eyelet Dress – $44.80 (Sale)
Antique Drop Waist Dress $80.98
Vintage Wedding Dress – $128
Vintage Dress – $145
Vintage Dress With Paisley Eyelet – $97
60s Gown – $95
Summer Dress – $300
60s Eyelet Nightgown – $67
Vintage Slip – $58
90s Eyelet Dress – $28
Vintage Wedding Dress – $225
Vintage Eyelet Dressing Gown – $55

If you want something a bit more *matoor,* go the creepy young sexy grandma route with a high-necked, Edwardian or Victorian (or E/V inspired) blouse or dress with a cameo brooch as a talisman over the throat. A brooch featuring Medusa, like the one below, will sure give off a vibe!

Vintage Medusa Brooch – $44.18
Antique Tassel Brooch – $67.99
Antique Edwardian Brooch – $32
Edwardian-Style Blouse – $99
Victorian-Style Blouse – $68
Edwardian Blouse – $85
Antique Romanian Blouse – $172.75
70s Wedding Dress – $86
70s Dress – $82.60 (Sale)

Now, to accessorize either your Valerie Dress or your Young Grandma Dress, you can go one of three routes (ok, there are literally infinite routes you can go with a fucking white dress, you can get married in one or buried in one or whatever, but for the sake of this post I’m narrowing it down to three and claiming they’re the best).

Route One

To transition into cooler weather, add texture, or just funk up the look, throw on a crocheted cape or shawl over your Valerie dress as many of the uncanny but stylish girls in this film choose to do. Bonus points if the dress is optic white and the cover-up is not. The first one below is my favorite, though these all would absolutely rock with any of the above dresses.

70s Crochet Cape – $59.99
70s Fringe Cape – $41
Vintage Macrame Shawl – $200
Vintage Crocheted Shawl – $38
Vintage Shawl – $35
Vintage Crocheted Shawl – $45

The only other accessory needed for route one is a hair bow, if you have enough hair for a low pony that covers the ears (yo, didn’t we just talk about this? There will be a low pony moment and I am anxiously growing my hair out in preparation). An antique silk bow or a sliver of an old sari (a very affordable way to buy a bunch of silk ribbons) is preferable.

Antique Ribbon – $16.90+
Sari Scrap Ribbon – $13.80

Route Two

For all you Halloween nerds and lite Catholics out there, this one’s for you! Grab a pearl rosary if you feel comfortable doing so (if not, there are suggestions of necklace alternatives below) and a lacy black jacket and suddenly you’re spooky-hot! Vampire teeth could potentially be an integral part of this look, I haven’t decided.

Vintage Pearl Necklace – $24.99
Faux Pearl Necklace – $15 (Sale)
Pearl Beaded Necklace – $175
Vintage Necklace Group – $55
Vintage Wide Cuff Jacket – $62.52
Antique Victorian Jacket – $280
Antique Victorian Jacket – $131.25 (Sale)

Route Three

The fuck it, we ball option. The most badass option. The, dare I say it, best option. Cover up that pretty dress completely with a velvet cloak (or, heck, wear nothing underneath it, your body does not exist once inside this haunted garment) but stay cool in the hot cocoon you’ve created with a vintage silk fan. Your crusty little white dog will love this one.

Antique Fan – $48
Victorian Fan – $65
Vintage Velvet Cape – $220
Vintage Crushed Velvet Cape – $195
Vintage Hooded Cape – $385

I hope you gleaned some transitional weather vibez from this post and if you haven’t seen Valerie you consider doing so. There will be more posts in this late summer/fall series, either one or two, I jumped the gun on saying it’d be a two-parter. More to love! Or feel ambivalent about!

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Don’t forget to frolic while it’s still August!

❤ HR