I’ve been working to expand my wardrobe to feature more of just anything and everything I like. I’ve always been a big fan of Victorian inspired looks, which is one of the reasons I love a good Gunne Sax dress, and had a soft spot for gothic looks as well, which we all know takes some cues from the Victorian era. Well, awhile ago I was at Hot Topic (yes, I still shop there on occasion, as they have Harry Potter, American Horror Story, and Disney wearables) and I spied this dress on the clearance rack. It was like a gothic, slightly more risqué Gunne Sax, with a touch of Stevie Nicks thrown in, whose style I greatly admire. Also, I love me a good high-low skirt (I blame saloon girls).
In the meantime I’ve had the pleasure of doing some modeling for the shoe company Oak Tree Farms, and in doing so received a couple pairs of shoes. For the most part, Oak Tree Farms specializes in authentic looking Victorian style shoes (no zipper!), as well as funky and unique shoes. A pair of their Jasmine boots paired perfectly with this dress, and all of it worked flawlessly for a day spent in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
With regards to Oak Tree Farms, I really am a big fan of their shoes. Many of their shoes are true to the era, in that they feature no zippers, and close entirely by the laces. So, yes, they are time consuming to put on, but I did love the lack of zipper from an aesthetics perspective. Their shoes are all leather (sorry, vegans) but are dyed with vegetable dye, and the company works closely with their manufacturers in Mexico.