Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Loose, Fluid, Floaty…

That’s what I was thinking about when I put together this outfit. Maybe I’ve overdozed on 1920’s (or pretend-1920’s) imagery…

I blame Netflix. All those shows with sassy heroines cracking secrets and running around in loose, floaty clothes. Well, there’s Miss Fisher, of course. And Frankie Drake. And the Spanish show about telephone operators (just as fake as the other two, historically, but the clothes are to die for).

Anyway… I got obsessed with finding something slightly 20’s-inspired to wear. But rather than rushing out to buy a whole new wardrobe (as tempting as that is) of clothes I may or may not like, I thought I should see if I could put together something inspired by the 20’s (or pretend-20’s TV shows) first. With a contemporary twist, of course.

Which is another way of saying that whatever I manage to find in my wardrobe will have to do…

I don’t really want to dress like the characters in those shows. Yes, the clothes are beautiful, but I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a costume.

In other words, no fancy hats or headdresses. No small, round sunglasses or tiny handbags (cat eye sunglasses suit my face better and small handbags are just, well, useless…). This is real life. More importantly, this is my life. And I want to look like myself, not a character I’m playing.

This is why I decided to focus on one aspect of the 1920’s style only, and find a contemporary way of reinterpreting it.

In other words, loose cuts and floaty fabrics…

Which is easier said than done. I mean, loose styles are not exactly my staple. It might have something to do with the fact that while I may like 1920’s fashion, my body is made for more 1950’s styles…

And floaty fabrics… Well, again that’s something I tend to avoid.

So, what you’re seeing here is probably the two pieces of clothing in my entire wardrobe that could be described as ‘loose’ or ‘floaty’: an oversized, boxy trench coat and wide-leg trousers… Hmm, if I put those two together, does that create the loose, floaty silhouette I’m after?

Outfit details:

coat: Zara (old) / top: Vila (old) / trousers: Marks and Spencer (old) /

shoes: Clarks / bag: Furla / scarf: A + more / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (old)

Where do you find inspiration for your outfits?


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  1. señora Allnut
    19 April 2018 / 11:20 am

    I like your floaty-loose style, and I like (once more) your scarf. And I think that you picked some ítems in a more casual 20's vibe, something comfy&cool which made me think on 20's artists, the tied scarf, the trench, the loose pants and striped t-shirt!. You look fabulous!(I'm not a huge fan of 'Las chicas del cable' nor 'Frankie Drake' as their plots and characters look ridiculously anachronic to me, but you're right, clothes are fab!)besos

    • Tiina L
      25 April 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you. Yes, casual and artistic, that sounds good.And I totally agree about the anachronistic characters in these shows. They're spoiled Millennials dressed in vintage clothes…

  2. Nancy's Fashion Style
    20 April 2018 / 6:38 am

    You always look elegantly cool!

    • Tiina L
      25 April 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Thank you, Nancy!

  3. Kaffe Soester
    3 May 2018 / 12:53 pm

    How fun, my daughter (who's 18) is a huge Miss Fisher fan too. She actually bought several pairs of loose, floaty trousers, inspired by the Miss Fishers outfits. Just like you she wears them with trainers, yours are far more glamorous though. But I think it's a great way to take the 20's style into the next century. Nice pairing with the classic trench and striped t-shirt plus that lovely scarf! Now you only need to find a small, golden gun!

    • Tiina L
      4 May 2018 / 8:33 am

      Miss Fisher has fabulous outfits, doesn't she? I bet your daughter looks great in these styles.I love 1920's style, but I prefer to just reference it in my own outfits. I'm not into vintage (although I love it on other people), and I want to look contemporary. Or do a contemporary take on a vintage outfit, sort of modernise it, that's OK.

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