Saturday, May 15, 2010

Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939)



I was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office reading Harper’s Bazaar and came across a feature about gingham as a new trend and how to incorporate it into your wardrobe. Ever since that article, I cannot get The Wizard of Oz out of my mind.

But, seriously, no one wears a pinafore and pigtails anymore except on Halloween, right? How could I adapt Dorothy Gale to the modern day?

Here is what I came up with:
Run-Down:
Shirt: Old Navy, Women’s Puff Sleeve V-Neck Sweater in Bright White, $22.50
Skirt: TopShop.com, Gingham Skirt in Pale Blue, on sale for $70
Bag: Gap, Straw Tote in Neutral, $39.50
Shoes: Madden Girl Karlla in Red, $49.95
Total: $181.95

This outfit is simple and easy. It would be perfect for running errands or going to a barbecue or picnic. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the blue gingham skirt. The paleness of the blue and the exaggerated size of the print make it less country and less cutesy. I kept the top relatively simple to keep everything from looking like a Dorothy costume. But, I felt strongly that it needed puff sleeves. This sweater does the trick without looking too obviously puffy.

Then I needed two other pieces to round everything out in true Wizard of Oz style. Judy Garland carries a basket tote. I selected an oversized straw tote from Gap as a more modern alternative (oil can optional). The last piece was a great pair of red shoes. If you are going to do this look, you might as well go all out and get the “ruby slippers” too. I utilized the Madden Girl Karlla shoes that I also used in my Rita Hayworth Cover Girl post.

Altogether, I think this outfit works for a sweet (but not too cutesy) casual ensemble. Even with the red shoes and the basket tote, I don’t think it screams Wizard of Oz when you look at it. But, I can understand that some people might not want to go this far into the gingham trend.

So, I compiled a few gingham pieces that I think might represent more moderate ways to incorporate gingham into your wardrobe. What do you think of this retro gingham trend? Could you wear it all-out Dorothy Gale style or would you opt for one or two of the simpler pieces below?

Retro-Theme: Gingham
Skirt: Forever 21, Gingham Short Skirt with Belt in Black/White, $17.80
Dress: Fred Flare, Gingham “I Heart You” Dress, on sale for $39.99
Shirt: Gap, Gingham Western Shirt in Navy Gingham, $39.99
Earrings: Nordstrom, Betsey Johnson “Betsey’s Picnic” Gingham Heart Drop Earrings, $35
Sneakers: Converse Jack Purcell Lurex Gingham Sneaker in Pink via Piperlime, $60

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