Penelope was produced by Reese Witherspoon's company and she said she wanted to make something that she could take her kids to see. The story line is sweet and has a great message to love yourself no matter what. It is a must see for young girls especially.
The wardrobe for Penelope completely inspired me! I have always had a thing for quirky girl style. Pippi Longstocking had a huge influence on me from childhood. When we first started dating, my husband used to call me Punky Brewster. There is something about striped tights that get my heart beating faster and I love crazy colors mixed together.
I started thinking about how I dress now and realized that I've sterilized my wardrobe in a lot of ways. It's time to bring back some personality into my clothes. Maybe I can't dress exactly like these characters, but elements of fun can be mixed into anyone's wardrobe.
For inspiration I'm going to send you straight back to J Crew because these layouts are a quirky girl's dream. This is a more subtle Penelope look.
And for year-round quirky girl style, Anthropologie will always tempt and thrill you. I love this store and can spend hours there. It is expensive, however a little goes a long way in this store. It is easy to find a statement piece or accessory that will take your classic clothes to the eclectic in a second. Imagine what you already have that you can add any of these little sweaters to and voila you have fairytale style a la Penelope. Even adding a fun necklace to an all black outfit will do the trick.
There is a scene in the movie that sent me over the moon with shoe envy. Mary janes are so versatile and eccentric and she had a pair of green ones that I'll be dreaming about tonight. There are maryjanes to suit every style. Go to Piperlime and search "maryjane" and pick your pleasure. They even have a couple green ones. I saw a few conservative ones that would translate this look for work like these.
This is the shot of the cool shoes scene.
Even though I don't like to be cliche in my dressing, it helps to define or name your style. Obviously I like to have "quirky girl style" as part of my style, but I also like to see my wardrobe as mainstreamed and simple. Even when they are opposites, you can do both. Again the key is having a small and workable wardrobe.
Think about how you would define your style. I've heard "sexy librarian", "bohemian", "minimalist", "preppy", and many others. Make up your own to really help you focus what your lifestyle is right now. Maybe you are "new mommy chic" which means you need simplicity to the max, or "soccer mom redefined". It's not about following the trends, but picking through the trends and developing your own little creation. Have fun!
Video is from youtube. Pictures are from Anthropologie.