I couldn't pinpoint why exactly, but something about today's outfit and / or photos reminded me of my maternal Lithuanian relatives.
|wool hat: The Snow Lion / Tibet Shop (Toronto, late '80s), shown in old photo - with long hair! - at bottom of post here|
turtleneck: Sarah Spencer, Winners, 2005
vintage wool / alpaca sweater dress: Lo Ri, Netty Vintage
fleece-lined thermal tights: Zellers
boots: Franco Sarto, early 2000's
|bunching and clinging: side effects of layering|
static electricity: temporarily (and magically) averted right this second
|antique necklace and amber ring: gifts from my mother|
I've often wished that traditional Lithuanian and Ukrainian modes of dress felt more everyday-wearable, but looking at pictures today, I spy some of my favourite outfit elements:
- crown-shaped or floral headgear, "statement" necklaces, bell sleeves, waist definition, wide belts, full skirts, ribbons, fringe, and embroidery, vented peplums, and super-duper pattern mixing, hooray! Ukrainian costume additionally features black accents, red footwear (including tall boots), midi lengths, and giant pants.
Do you incorporate your cultural heritage(s) into your every-day personal style, whether consciously or unconsciously?
I leave you with more Randy from A Christmas Story, who in this scene replicates - with eerie accuracy - my internal dialogue about winter layering:
Hope y'all are staying warm - or cool, as the case my be in your particular hemisphere. Thanks again for all of your comments and input!