While perusing Pinterest one day I came upon this photograph of Russian model Natalia Vodianova…
It was one of the first pins I pinned to my “Adventurer Style” board (a small, but incredibly inspiring board for me), and planted the seed that I needed to get my hands on a chiffon or gauze draped pith helmet. Not long after pinning this photo, I recalled the marvelous costumes of Nicole Kidman in Australia.
While all of Kidman’s costumes in Baz Luhrmann’s film were amazing, this one also highlighted the need for me to own a chiffon draped pith helmet, and this too was added to my board. Then last month I came across this image…
Not only did it feature yet another pith helmet (or at least a hat with similar pith helmet lines) dripping with fabric, the look of the woman was exactly the direction I wanted to go with portions of my wardrobe! I thought “My god! Who is this woman?” Thankfully the pinner offered the caption of “Adele Blanc-Sec” and from that I came upon the IMDb page for the French film The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec and a quick check at Netflix meant that the evening was spent watching what proved to be not only a beautiful film to watch, but a hilarious one at that. And further cemented the notion of my need for a pith helmet with chiffon.
Not long after watching Miss Blanc-Sec tromp through Egypt, talk with mummies and ride a pterodactyl (yes, you read right, ride a pterodactyl) I scored a pith helmet in the style I wanted, sans chiffon, at Antique Alley! And a quick trip to Fabric Depot remedied the lack of chiffon.
I am fully prepared to live in this outfit for summer. The gauzy top is pure heaven, and the linen skirt I made for a 20s themed party awhile back is so breathable, and worth the pain of the fact it wrinkles when you look at it wrong. I’ve been spending a lot more time when at thrift stores and Buffalo Exchange in looking through blouses and skirts. It takes more patience to look at items and think “Does this work for a certain look” instead of focusing on the age of the item, and I think it’s opening a lot more doors for me to think creatively with my wardrobe.
How about you? Have you ever been inspired to seek out specific pieces that you’ve seen on Pinterest?
Pith Helmet: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Blouse, Belt, Bangles & Necklace: Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Skirt: Made by me, McCall 7153
Tights: Nordstorm Rack
Shoes: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Don’t remember
Ring: From my dad