When I’m feeling feminine, romantic, bookish or behind the times (in a good way) there is really only one way to go in the way of dress, and it takes some time travelling. If you’re not familiar with Laver’s Law, regarding how society views clothing styles depending on how dated or futuristic they appear, click here. Based on James Laver’s wisdom, Victorian era clothing would currently fall somewhere between the Romantic category and the Beautiful, or perhaps be a resident of both, since it spanned so much time. This Fashionista seems to know her history. She captures the essence of the time without quoting any particular piece or detail too precisely. Her sweater layered over the high-waist skirt creates a waistline that is defined though free of corsetry, and the cream dotted lace is delicate and feminine, but not so fitted  as to be provocative – all characteristic of women’s dress in the mid to late 1800's. The combination of the pattern on the skirt and the knit design of her sweater are evocative of the business and over-decoration that distinguishes Victorian style. Her long, loose hair adds a more casual air to the outfit, so she doesn’t appear too stuffy, or like she is trying to a echo a look so exactly that it’s costume-like. Life may be one big game of dress-up, but after a certain age we like to pretend that we’re not playing anymore. 

Her accessories are what make this Fashionista’s look, though. The floral locket almost looks like a family heirloom and adds the perfect tiny pop of color to her neutrals. The pale pink shoes tie in with the necklace but offer the grace of a ballerina and a modest subtlety in how they practically disappear into her leg, being so close to her skin tone. Her plain bag is just right — it doesn’t take away from the outfit with a visible modern label or well-known style of a particular brand or designer. It’s things like that than can truly date a piece.

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