6.25.2016

How to Use Your Favorite Movies as Fashion Inspiration

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera

Sometimes I watch a movie, tv series, read a book, or hear an album that I become really hooked on, and I'll walk around for days with a mental "filter" over my daily existence: I can't seem to forget it, and it's always in the back of my head. Have you ever had this experience?

One thing that I like to do when I get into this kind of "zone" is to use my favorite movies as a style guide to help direct what I might wear, and I think it's a good way to channel that energy into something productive and creative.

Here's an example of how I would use a movie as inspiration for personal style with one of my cult faves: Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's a musical/rock opera, which is normally something that I am NOT into. But the style is amazing steampunk/goth/victorian goodness.

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera
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Did you see that cast list?! Ogre (from Skinny Puppy), Paul Sorvino, Paris Hilton (??? - yes really!), singer Sarah Brightman, and Bill Moseley (of Rob Zombie film fame!). If you haven't seen this movie, I seriously recommend grabbing a bowl of popcorn and sitting down for some cheesy goth awesomeness.

The first time I watched the movie, I was acutely aware that it wasn't a "good" movie in the traditional sense... But I loved it anyways. It's hard to describe. I think I fell in love with the look of the film, and the romanticism aspects of the storyline.

Via IMDB: "A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however."
Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera
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The main character is named Shilo: "In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera." - via Lionsgate

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera
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Shilo is dressed in a hybrid goth/victorian/steampunk style, as are many of the other characters in the film. I love that she's not "Hot Topic"-goth, but instead a softer, feminine, more romantic goth. To achieve a Shilo-esque look, I would pair black skirts with ruffled tops in white or cream:

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera

The nice thing about this look is that a black skirt is a staple item that should be in your closet anyways! And even if you don't have a ruffled top, you can layer a plain white top with a ruffled/lacy collar, like the one shown above, to achieve the same sort of inspired look. You don't need to spend a lot to do this type of style. And if you're goth-inclined like me, you may even have all of this type of stuff in your closet already. :)

As accessories go, I would pair skirts and tops with more victorian-inspired shoes, like granny ankle boots, and a black doctor bag (extra bonus style points for the "doctor/surgeon" association!).

Dark makeup is a must. A smoky eye and dark lips would pair perfectly with this look, but you could also go with a younger, pink shade for the lips, too.

Style Inspired: Repo! the Genetic Opera
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If this type of look isn't your style, that's cool. Find YOUR favorite movie, and choose overarching style/design themes, or focus in on one specific character to emulate. Don't create a "costume," or piece-for-piece reproduction of a certain character's look; if you do, you'll probably just look silly.
You just need to summon the essence of the style, the general feel of the subject.

In the case of the look above, I already dress in some similar styles (the skirt/top/jacket style), so it's not a stretch for me to wear something like what is pictured. If this look is "too much" for you, start by selecting just one piece, like a ruffled top or lace collar, and pair it with black pants or skinny jeans. This creates a "nod" to the style of the movie without completely jumping overboard.

Movie-inspired fashion isn't an all-or-nothing deal! Use it as a starting point to help accent the things that you already wear and are comfortable with.

What are your favorite movie fashions?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.22.2016

5 Easy Ways to Style a T-Shirt Dress

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

Last week, I showed you five different alternatives to wearing shorts in the summer, and one of my picks was the t-shirt dress. I mentioned that I loved it because it was so versatile, but then I thought that it would be kind of cool to actually SHOW you different options for styling a simple piece like a t-shirt dress.

The best part of this is that although I'm doing this in the summer, hence bare legs, this will easily translate into fall and winter months with the addition of tights and/or leggings. In fact, colored and patterned tights and leggings will give you even MORE options for styling! By the way, I recently started a whole new board on Pinterest devoted solely to leggings and tights. Worth a looky if you get a chance.

So, I mentioned this last week, but I actually own TWO very similar black t-shirt dresses, both from Target:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

Barefoot, for the full effect guys. No styling other than my make-up for the day. One dress is a short-sleeved version, and the other is a sleeveless tank style. In the colder months, you can find these dresses with long sleeves, or my personal fave, the 3/4 length sleeve version. Easy peasy to use these same tips on those styles as well!

Let's start simple, with option #1:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

A denim jacket and ballet flats.

Denim jackets can be found with a little digging and a little luck at your local thrift store. That's where I got mine! I even dyed mine (it was light blue) using black dye to make it super dark blue! Hey, this was a Levi's, so I couldn't pass it up. Want to customize your jacket kind of like mine? Check out this post I wrote a while back. Otherwise, go more conservative with a plain jacket. Just do you.

If you don't own plain black ballet flats, go do that now please. I'm literally wearing holes in mine, I wear them so much. I really should buy a second pair.

Ok, let's move on to look #2:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

Scarf and low heels.

I think I pictured this one as a more professional, work-appropriate look. Like, hey, it's hot as hell outside but I have to look kind of fancy? So be sure to pick a lightweight scarf. Since my dress is black, I can wear any darn scarf I feel like in any color or pattern.

Therefore, leopard. This was actually passed down to me from a friend, but scarves are another super-easy-to-score-while-thrifting item for not much moola!

My shoes are dark purple low-heeled Mary Janes from Chelsea Crew. I got them gently used via eBay.

Look #3 is pretty fun:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

I like this look because it's very "me." More retro, pinup-y sort of styling, via my spectator Chocolaticas and a handmade Hell Razor flower accessory.

I'm also wearing a cropped cardigan, obtained via thrifting (You might be yelling, "How do you find these?" at the screen right now. Well, I'll probably write a blog post about this soon, but I go thrifting every week on Sundays and dig through a lot of losers before I find the winners.) - I could have worn any color I wanted, but my flower was yellow and black (Chicago Outfit holla!) so I went with the yellow sweater.

Look #4 is my goth option:

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

No, I'm not doing bad goth dancing here, but I was trying to show the detail on this lace jacket by raising my arms, with varied success.

I found this lace jacket at Target! I know, I was surprised, too. But what you can do with this style is sub the lace jacket for a kimono or crocheted coverup of some type. What I'm doing here is just kind of giving you the basic look... you can construct it and substitute it out any way you like with what you have available.

I like to wear long pendant-like necklaces when my outfits are more goth. This particular necklace is from Hvnter Gvtherer (I'm pretty sure it's no longer available), but I would sub any long pendant. A rosary necklace would be awesome here, too. And of course, I've got my fave black flats on.

Hey, we're on to look #5! I call this one the "regular girl":

5 Ways to Wear a T-Shirt Dress

I kind of think it's funny that I even own this necklace, it's so trendy mainstream. I even bought it at Charming Charlie's. I own it because I was wearing it to a job interview that never panned out last year (whomp whomp), and I had this internal belief that if I looked more "normal" I'd be a more appealing job candidate.

So, my story aside, t-shirt dresses are the perfect backdrop for a statement/bib necklace of any kind, really. You choose the style that fits you. And if you're more inclined to the "regular" girl style, that's cool, more power to ya. I don't mind.

I'm also wearing my Swedish Hasbeens (bought via Amazon... I don't see them anymore) that I "had" to have last year but I've not actually worn out for fear that they will kill my feet. I suspect they're too narrow for me anyways, but I'm not ready to let them go yet. They're hella cute. So if you can rock these, please do so in my honor.

Hey, so hopefully you've got some styling ideas for your t-shirt dresses now! Or, you didn't own one and now you're going to run out and get one... you're welcome. :)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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6.20.2016

It's A Two Year Dress-iversary Celebration!

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary
dress - Hell Bunny (via Amazon) / shoes - Hot Chocolate Designs (via Amazon) / cropped cardigan - thrifted / glasses - Coastal.com / "Goth" brooch - For The Love of Vintage / bat heart brooch - Kira's Lil Shop of Horror Etsy

I used to own this Hell Bunny bat dress. I wore it to my wedding vow renewal on my 5th anniversary in Las Vegas two years ago. Then, a month and a half later, I had weight loss surgery. I wore this dress again for my first pinup photo shoot, and we had to use industrial clips to stretch and hold the material back behind me for the photos. I never even brought the dress home. I left it at the shoot in exchange for additional prints.

I've always missed that dress.

So I re-bought it, but now many sizes smaller than before! To celebrate, and honor our wedding vow renewal (it was with Elvis, of course!), I wore this dress again on my wedding anniversary this year.

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary
June 13th, 2014 - My husband has quite literally stuck with me through thick and thin. He's the coolest. 

Not that I needed yet another bat-themed item, and the print actually looks very much like the material from my pink bat skirt... but this dress has sentimental value, and therefore, it needed to happen. You understand.

I do feel like it's a little bit long, so I may take it to the tailor's to have it shortened an inch or two. I know that the original dress was indeed taken up quite a bit, which makes sense but sucks when you're a short girl because the larger the dress, the longer it is. Therefore, more tailoring.

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary

Oh yeah, and this dress is a halter style, which means that unless I do something with the straps (I'm currently brainstorming on that front...), I'll always be wearing a sweater over it because bra straps. Also, halter tops are uncomfortable! Hey dress designers, knock it off with the halter nonsense! My neck hurts!

Detail of this sweet sweet bat print:

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary

Hey, I just remembered that I wore this dress (the original one) to Lisa's wedding in New York, too. Because Halloween. It was awesome. The dress and the wedding.

Accessory details: favorite glasses = Derek Cardigan via Coastal.com, and brooches via For The Love of Vintage and Kira's Lil Shop of Horror on Etsy.

BECAUSE MOAR BATS, THAT'S WHY.

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary

We celebrated our actual anniversary this year by going to the movies and seeing Captain America: Civil War. We took Iggy with, too, and he was really well-behaved and seemed to enjoy it and it wasn't too scary for him so everything worked out quite nicely.

I like swingy dresses and since this one is kind of extra long it was extra swingy:

Hell Bunny Bats Anniversary

Have you ever re-bought a clothing item that you especially loved (and lost) in the past?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor


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