Sunday, August 10, 2008

Furthur Adventures in Dressing like Children.



I remember I saw The Secret of Roan Inish at my grandparents house (oddly appropriate). I never owned it or rewatched it very often but it always stuck with me, probably because it combines all sorts of things that appealed to me then and now. A deep-seated love of seals and such, despite their smell, passed on from a Marine Biologist dad combined with a penchant for darkened fairy tales and kids doing adult things makes it an ideal movie. It's sort of mysterious and great, and it's not one of those movies that plays down to children, assumes they don't understand things--although I'm not sure if it's a children's movie in the first place now that I think of it--and then later doesn't appeal to adults.

Anyway, it's been on the Sundance channel the past few months, and I've rediscovered it. It's still just as lovely as before, only now I am also enamoured with the young heroine's clothes. They have a wonderfully 40s (I think it takes place in the 40s, I'm not to good at that sort of thing) aura, not to mention the sweet little details so often found in clothing for little and young girls. Her outfits are adorable, subdued but colorful patterns layered in youthful nonchalance, which is another nostalgic quality I think so many of us try to recreate and explore.















It's the little high-waisted skirts with blouses and funny embroidered sweaters that I want to copy. I love the hair-bow as well, sort of dilapidated and floppy amidst windy hair. I feel like there are all sorts of little details like this that disappear once we slide into adult clothes, although of course there are those lines and exceptions which attempt to infuse this back into grown-up costumes, but still. It makes me still look forward to fall, for cardigans, and wish for spring which is ever-so far off.

16 comments:

  1. I love the fair isle cardi and sweater layering and I'm so stealing that bow wearing method for myself. It's been so long since I've seen this movie. Thanks for the reminder, I'm adding it to my netflix!

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  2. I have never heard of this film, but it sounds great! lovely wardrobe, great muted pastels :)

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  3. And the alternating red and green buttons!

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  4. very inspiring post! i especially love the red and green buttons on that shirt with the blazer, i might have to steal that look

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  5. you probably won't believe me, but I used to play with Jeni Courtney (the girl in the movie) when I was wee! I had totally forgotten this till I saw your pictures. I recognized her face and then remembered hearing all about how she'd been in a movie and I saw some stills.

    I don't have any contact with her anymore and she doesn't seem to have kept the acting up (shame, my claim to fame could have been grander :o).

    Ever seen the film 'War of the Buttons' it is a GREAT film that I think you would enjoy, and you'd adore the outfits of the character 'Marie'.

    Thanks for this trip down memory lane :o)

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  6. I adore this film (my whole family does)! It's such a wonderful mix of fantasy, history, and realism. I like how quietly and realistically the film makers captured the "old tales."

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  7. the girl looks so darling. i can really imagine she'd appeal to me as a heroine when i was younger. i have a thing for intelligent fairytalesque films too. need to get a copy of this, looks interesting!

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  8. oh, i love this movie but haven't watched it in ages. i'll have to put it in my netflix queue. i just sent back picnic at hanging rock, and i think roan inish would be a good follow-up, movie-wise and fashion-wise.

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  9. Thoughtful idea, why not. The pattern mixing in similar color schemes is quite endearing.

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  10. Fiona is such a style icon! (not to mention one of the bravest little girls in the history of film:) I used to try wearing my hair with a bow like that, but it always looked ridiculous. A fair isle sweater might work better. Can't wait to see what you do with it though.

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  11. oh wow her clothes are inspiring!
    I love the cardi with the coloured buttons and the blue pinafore!

    I think I will have to hire out this movie!!!

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  12. Hi! Im new here. New at fashion blog too =)

    i find that u enjoy wearing dresses. me too. and dressing like children is what i do best :P

    Hi hi!

    care to exchange links?

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  13. this is adorable !! and so funny how it matches with nowadays trends :D

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  14. I remember thinking that when watching this movie. Sort of making mental notes to myself to try and put together more outfits like that, haha (:

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  15. what movie is this????!!!! So beautiful!!!!!

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