Here's the dish. It's been a loooong while since I had the time and patience for an outfit-to-room post. But ever since I happened across this speco editorial in Marie Claire's March issue (which is especially strong on the whole, by the way) I've had a bee in my bonnet about it. And I've gotta get that bee out, so why not with a strategic pairing of fashion and interiors. Scram, bee!
The theme here? Gender bending ensembles with a Victorian flair. Think masculine pieces like collared shirts and natty trousers (both of the stovepipe and the Bowery B'hoy variety). Then layer in feminine softness with textiles like organza and fishnet; colors such as petal and buttercream; details that bring to mind a seamstress's shop filled to the gills with finery and frills.
Then take it on home. Mix patterns--your stripes with your plaids with your florals. Mix shapes--your slim straights with your wobbly curves. Most importantly, don't be afraid of excess. What the Victorians lacked in exposed skin, they made up for in knicknacks, gewgaws, and falderol. I'm not saying buy a gross of antimacassars, but indeed, a shelf laden with much-loved trinkets never hurt anyone.
How will I put my own advice into action? For starters, I might hunt down a pair of striped or floral skinnies to wear with this blazer. The top of my piano could use a tasteful doily, or two, or twelve. Even the idea of mixing my sheer silk blouses with decidedly boyish silhouettes (as I did today!) seems to fall right into this camp, no? Now tell me: What style bees have you had in your bonnet lately?