Oh Captain Volley, Avast Ye Slovenly!

Ahoy, matey! I wasn’t really the captain of me volleyball team, but I thought it made sense to combine the Navy theme with volleyball. This was what I wore last Sunday to work. I was working at my husband’s band practice that afternoon serving as a cheerful motivator and a great listener. I have the best weekend job, aye? Yesterday, I got this ad in the mail for costumes, I guess because it’s nearing Halloween and all, and it had adult costumes on the front page and children’s costumes in the back. It just made me sick. Do we let our young girls dress as pixies as kids and expect to see them dressed as pirate hookers (pun intended) when they’re older? Is this the message these ads are trying to get across? Halloween is no excuse to dress slutty no matter how tasteful you think the costume is. Slutty is always trashy. Last year, I was dressed as Cho Chang from Harry Potter (Asian girl with a Scottish accent in a uniform with a big, scary owl and magical wand powers… not too hard) and Rob was dressed as Max from Where the Wild Things Are. I don’t think we’re going to be anybody this year besides ourselves. I think I should go as one of my multiple personalities (har-har)! I already look like I’m wearing costumes everyday. I think it’s absolutely fun! More people should burst their own bubbles, then we can all blow those bubbles away together. As much as I want to ridicule mini-Halloween costumes on adults (even when they’re supposed to be Minnie Mouse), I’d rather inspire others to be more creative with layering and recreate a past era’s typical or high-fashion clothing without having to go through the burlesque scene, which is totally unrepresentative of vintage. While visiting my folks in Virginia, I picked up this genuine women’s navy hat at their Goodwill. It was in excellent condition! I always had a fascination with uniforms even before the military or band jacket trend came about (I wrote about uniforms and Janelle Monáe). I don’t see imitation or uniform-inspired hats very often, so of course, I was very thrilled to find this number on sale for only $3! It has gotten a little too cold to be wearing just this dress now, but I’m really excited to work with layers as the temperature drops! I think most hardcore stylish girls would agree that layering is a skill. I think it’s absolutely necessary for every woman to know how to do this… tastefully!

Wearing: Vintage Marnie West dress, Women’s Navy hat, Breckbelle’s silver pumps