I have never been a particularly girly girl, however I have always loved to dress up. When I was little my fancy dress box was an odd mix of party dresses, fairy wings, bat wings, glitter, teenage mutant ninja turtles, animal ears and military.
Although nowadays I tend to stick with a rock inspired look I do like to dabble in dressing up because I think fashion should be fun, fantastical and is a representation of who you are. Some days I feel like a badass, other times I want to be a little more feminine, and I dress accordingly.
I had been watching a lot of Once Upon A Time on Netflix when I bought this skirt. Not my usual type of show or style, but lured in by Robert Carlyle, and always willing to experiment with different looks, I went with my whimsical mood.
I purchased this skirt from SheInside and, to be frank, I don’t know why I keep doing it – their sizing is crazy and I always have to make adjustments to garments I order or I sell them. It was no different with this item, however, after cutting out the tiny elastic waist band I added my own draw string to ‘make it work’ and decided it was a keeper.
I tried styling this a few times, starting with delicate jewellery and plain tops. It was all too fairytale for my liking, so I instead opted for my old faithful vintage Led Zeppelin t-shirt, a bandanna and leopard print pumps, creating more of a punk princess vibe.
I am sure I would have looked prettier in my original, more classic styling but I am a huge advocate for wearing what makes you feel great and, for me, a vintage rock t-shirt never fails to add a touch of confidence, so I went with it.
I also love mixing up different styles to create an unexpected and unique look rather than a straight-from-the-store copy, even though it would probably look much more pulled together.
This is my take on modern fairytale style, something with a little more Grimm Brothers realness than Disney fantasy because, just like the siblings, I would rather come with cautionary advice than change my aesthetic.*
I am hugely inspired by the style I see on TV and in movies, are you guys? If so, who from the fantasy world is your fashion favourite?
*The Grimm Brothers were asked to tone down the violence in their stories but instead added an introduction with cautionary advice that their tales may not be age-appropriate.
** Photos taken by Pablo from Shed Collective