This month’s Ageless Style Link Up theme is most definitely a juicy one…
…A big shoutout to Daenel for her insane creativity. We were challenged with styling a look based on inspiration from a favorite character from a book, movie or television show. My mind immediately went to one theme…the apocalypse. Yes, I said apocalypse. I’m a weirdo, and I’m always game for lettin’ my freak flag fly.
I love anything involving a story about the apocalypse and/or the post-apocalyptic world. I have no sane explanation for such a strange obsession. I own a bazillion books, dvd’s of my favorite apocalyptic movies, and I’ll give any television show with the theme a shot. I’m often asked if I’ve watched The Walking Dead, which I haven’t. Why? While I will occasionally dabble in the zombie apocalypse, zombies are just too much of a long shot fro me in an apocalyptic scenario. I think that’s why I love the end of the world plotline…it scares the crap out of me because it could happen. Zombies? Not so much.
Which leads me to my character of choice…Lexa from The 100. My daughter and I binge watched it on Netflix, in its entirety last Summer and we’re now eagerly awaiting a new season. Sadly, my adoration of Lexa was cut short; they killed her off. Seriously, wth? That’s one thing about the show; they will kill characters off with absolutely no regard to their importance to the show nor the love of their fans.
Lexa was the seriously badass commander of the Grounder clans who were living in a post-apocalyptic world 97 years post nuclear annihilation. She was fierce and ruthless when it came to protecting her own, but on the other hand she could also be compassionate and caring…and all while rockin’ the style of a hardcore post-apocalyptic queen. I also liked the fact that she was a strong lesbian character in love with Clarke, her former archenemy. In my opinion there can never be enough inclusiveness both in entertainment and reality.
Actually, most of the outfits/costumes on the show are pretty badass. Lexa is my favorite though because she has a propensity towards wearing long flowy coats (see photo below right), combat boots and the occasional hit of velvet thrown in. The mystery that my daughter and I have not been able to solve though? The world as we know it ended in nuclear annihilation 97 years prior. So where is it exactly that these people find all of their uber cool clothing?
Image source: Eonline
Oh, you guys…I could have gone so many directions with this. The slightly more casual route with a lace cami and a leather jacket thrown in would’ve been so much more fun, but I had to make it work appropriate. That I suppose actually made it more challenging and interesting. Think about it for a second…how do you a balance a look that says “badass leader of a band of post-apocalyptic heathens” with a look that says “small town middle school teacher”? Believe me, that in and of itself is a challenge.
I knew my base needed to be black and that I needed a long duster/jacket/kimono layered over top. I went with my black skinny jeans and a long sheer black top layered over a cami for my foundation. The gray velvet kimono was a no-brainer for the top layer as it stuck with the darker moodier theme and um, it’s velvet. I decided to go with my knee high lace up boots as opposed to my combat boots because, well, it’s important to have leg protection when an impromptu sword fight in the woods could break out at any moment, am I right?
Always be on the lookout for inspiration, it can be anywhere. From your favorite bloggers, to people in real life, movies, books, nature, art…inspiration can literally strike from a million different sources. Just keep an open eye and an open mind…
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