Monday, April 1, 2013

Outfit Post: Longstockings

Short on Cash, but Long on Style. Taking Style Inspiration from Pippi Longstocking.

I took my style inspiration from a lovable figure of my childhood, Pippi Longstocking, can you tell? I've had the socks for nearly ten years, so while they were purchased new (actually it was 3 exact pairs, on sale, J Crew, online) I've had them so long, and have worn them so much, they don't really count as "new" do they?

Aside from the long stockings, EVERYTHING you see was purchased secondhand. The knit cap (a handmade version of a red head in braids) was a no brainer for me to grab at the Goodwill last week. I'm nearly an official red-head aficionado, and all around lover of all things ginger, so now I can play red-head anytime my head feels cold. The sweater, is a bit brow beaten but precious, being the perfect shade of baby blue for my complexion, and has the cutest pink rosebuds blooming up the arms. I got it at Trove, a new vintage shop in Ballard, and soon to be a dangerous addiction. The polka dot silk dress and rayon shorts were gained by trading some stuff in at a Buffalo Exchange, different visits but both instant favorites.  And these tall boots were scored at a great local consignment shop near my home. You might remember their first outing in this outfit post.

I LOVED wearing this outfit, it was a happy day. I felt I got to express myself, which feels like a challenge here in the Emerald city, and feel cute and quirky, comfy and warm. It was an outfit fit to be seen, and I feel gloriously visible in my tribute to Pippi and her longstockings.


#SHOPSECONDHANDFIRST 100% Thrifted
and, possibly with Lakota for Ta-Dah Tuesday


38 comments:

Déjà Pseu said...

Oh, I love the braids! When I was a little girl with an eternal pixie cut, I LONGED for braids. I used to wear my sweatshirt on my head with the sleeves hanging down and pretend they were braids. The socks are awesome. You are one creative soul!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Well it was a happy day for you and a damn fine sight to see for me!! That's the second day in a row I've seen a similar beanie - the gods are telling me something. It's bloody awesome and I love your cardigan - GAH!!!!!!!!! Actually you can send it over here and I'll look after it for you this coming winter;). Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous from head to toe Pippi!!! xoxoxxooxox

Melanie said...

Excellent Pippi tribute. I so love your hat! Dots and stripes and nubblies on the sweater, it's all happening.

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Fabulously intrepid!

spashionistareport said...

You look part chic, part chick, part badass! I LOVE polka dots so you know I'm adoring that dress ;-)

Spashionista (Alicia)

Kristina said...

Gosh, this post really does transport me into a childhood. Pippi was most definitely my FIRST role model. I loved her fearlesness and her sassiness.
I like to think it rubbed off on me a teeny bit. ;)

Lucys Lounge said...

bella , you look great , such a fun outfit. i love it. i will finish my transaction tomorrow, i've being busy over easter. have a lovely day lucy

Patti said...

Inspired homage to Pippi! You look fab, visible and like the vibrant star you are. Thanks for linking up.

Helga! said...

Too fecking gorgeous!!!
I love this Pippi look, such fabularse inspiration, darl! XXX

That's Not My Age said...

I love this look! I'm quite partial to a pair of long socks myself, though these days I usually wear them under trousers.

The Style Crone said...

The red headwear is the star of a fabulous ensemble. But then again, each piece contributes to the inspirational whole, grounded by those very special tall boots. Fun!!!

joyatri said...

I love the tough/sweet (why is Pippi hanging out in an alley?) look.

Willow said...

Brilliant homage to Pippi Longstockings! Love the way the stocking look against the brick wall. Gorgeous boots too. x

Frocktasia said...

Pippi Longstockings is still one of my style icons, a true style rebel!
Loving the dots and stripes fusion and that hat is brilliant...xXx

Sacramento Amate said...

Wonderful to know that the child within is well.
Love always.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

highlandfashionista.com said...

Oh I used to LIVE at the Buffalo Exchange in University Villiage. I found a black formal gown there once that I kept for about 20 years. Just retired it two or three years ago....got too ratty. Oh how I miss thee Buffalo Exchange....

juli said...

I love your combination of stripes, patterns and colors!
Most of all I love the cardigan, it's such a cute vintage piece.

juli
fragmentsofmyclothing.blogspot.com

Shybiker said...

Very cute look.

menopauselsupermodel said...

I love that sweater and how adorable with the dotty dress??

señora Allnut said...

fabulous inspiration, dear longstockings lady, you're so pretty wearing that hat!!, and love so much your cute dress and shorts!!
you're a dream!!
besos & sueños

Unknown said...

I love the joie de vivre with which you approach your style, Bella! This whole outfit makes me smile and want to give you a hug (weird? Sorry!). I love Pippi and you are channeling her to perfection!!! ~Sarah
Sarah Hulbert Style
(http://sarahhulbertstyle.com/2013/04/01/why-ill-never-be-a-fashion-blogger/)

Ann, Heather and Sheila said...

My four-year-old granddaughter is looking at the pictures on the NotDeadYetStyle link party with me and she's chosen yours as the best! She says it's the polka dots that make the outfit stand out. I agree -- it's just too cute!!
Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

Bella Q said...

A true compliment- gaining street cred from a cute 4 year old. Thank you!

Emalina said...

Soooo cute! I love the braids and the stockings, very sexy Pippi Longstocking!

Veshoevius said...

Cute hat and socks! And you look cosy warm too.

Vix said...

You look smashing! I love the combo of textures and clashing colours. xxxx

Krista Gassib said...

Huge Pippy fan right here, can you blame this ginger loving ginger! This outfit is so you and such a rebel rouser tribute! The socks and hat are really doing it for me, you look funky and fun!
XXOO

pastcaring said...

Love this comfortable, cosy, quirky tribute to Pippi Longstocking! All the disparate elements come together beautifully, you are looking mighty fine, Bella, and I can tell you feel happy! xxxx

Kelly Roy said...

I'm impressed by the relaxed and playfull feeling of this outfit.What's in my heart though is this pale blue sweater! Can't wait to see its next appearance.

teatimewithtrina said...

Cute, quirky, comfy, and warm, I call that a perfect outfit. I also call that Bella to the -T-. This outfit totally made my day, it does radiate happiness. Thank you for always managing to do that.

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Brilliant and bright and wonderful, as always Bella. And how can you not dote on Pippi!? Hope it was more fun than anything!

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

GAH you're adorable. I had boots just like that but I just couldn't make them work for me. Now I see you in them and I'm like, "So THAT'S how you're supposed to wear them." Too bad I got rid of them years ago. I kinda want them back now so I can try to rock them the way you did there.

FASHION TALES said...

The braided knit cap is most adorable. I can just imagine the childhood Bella! :) I love the fun and creative patterned outfit, especially the cardigan! Happy spring to you! xo

Anne M Bray said...

I need that braided cap. I've got one, but the braids are not long enough!
Sometimes I miss my long flowing locks that I sported before 6/2010. Then I remember how long it took to dry. And the knots. And then I'm content with the shortness.

Your whole look is adorable. The hat and the socks are my favorite parts.

Lynne DeVenny said...

I love Pippi, and your modern, grown-up reincarnation is both beautiful - and huggable. I just want to hug you.

pao said...

Love it. Your ensemble is so joyful. And I want a hat with braids too. Perhaps I can make one some how. I don't knit, but I can certainly braid...

Miss Simmonds Says said...

My boyfriend is ginger so I am with you loving all things ginger. Love the hat and the stripey socks. And I had admired that gorgeous sweater before!

Gerdien said...

Didnt actually know Pipp langkous (as she 's calles in holland) also made over the big ocean! When i was young people called me pipi(that was meant cute...)..two red ponytails and a lot of freggles. Then it didnt sound much as a compliment. Know it does!!

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