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It’s time again (I am hoping) for the Literary Stylings challenge over at Gracey’s Fashion for Giants blog. It’s a monthly style challenge to wear an outfit inspired by something you’re reading.
This past month, I read Robin McKinley’s book Chalice, which I bought recently at Powell’s bookstore, as seen here. Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors, and I have reread several of her books, including Deerskin and Beauty. She is at her best in a historical fantasy setting, with independent heroines who have to wrestle with the idea of fate and destiny while exploring their place in a larger, layered world of shadows and what-ifs.
Chalice, published in 2008, features Mirasol, a young lady who is discovering what it means to also be Chalice, an essential role in binding and strengthening the demesne, or region, of Willowlands. Her land is in upheaval, adjusting to a new Master and a new Chalice at the same time. Mirasol’s strength comes from her connection with the land — and with her bees.
The starting point:
This was the starting point for this style inspiration: two pieces of jewelry that reminded me of bees. The first is my pair of bronze-y earrings that include a bee decoration (the background is from old dictionary definitions!); the second is my yellow statement necklace that reminds me of honeycombs.
I couldn’t decide between the two pieces of jewelry, so I decided to showcase both! Yep, this is a two-fer, which could be seen as a day-to-night kind of post, as I’m remixing the same black dress, shawl, and sandals for both casual and dressier variations.
Lately, I have been liking the look of black mixed with brown or metallic tones, like in my art gala post last month. It also fits the theme of this book well, as the new Master is always cloaked in black, and it is Mirasol as Chalice who brings the honey tones to their partnership.
So what makes this casual? It’s really about the scarf tied around the neck, as well as the more casual ponytail hairstyle. The wicker purse also brings out a more casual edge.
Details: Black maxidress: Fred Meyer, this spring / Metallic sandals: Naturalizer via DSW, gift-carded last month / Bee earrings: Online jewelry store, old / Bronze scarf: Kmart, old / Vintage wicker purse: Art fair in Chicago, 2007 trip
Now for the dressier version, below. What makes this look — which includes the same three foundation pieces of the dress, sandals, and scarf — dressier for a night out? Exchanging the wicker purse to a clutch helps that transition, as well as draping the scarf around to use as a shawl. The statement necklace also is appropriate for a nighttime look with a maxidress.
Details: Black maxidress: Fred Meyer, this spring / Metallic sandals: Naturalizer via DSW, gift-carded last month / Bronze scarf: Kmart, old / Vintage wicker purse: Art fair in Chicago, 2007 trip / Yellow statement necklace: Urban Peach Boutique, c/o giveaway / Yellow-and-tan clutch: Javo Edge, c/o giveaway
Which variation do you prefer? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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