By Jenn Bussell
Admit it. You once daydreamed of teapots inviting you to be their guest…bluebirds decorating your gown with the finest silk ribbons…Prince Charming kissing you awake from a deep slumber. Leaping into your first professional role does not mean you have to kiss your inner princess good-bye. In fact this season many fashion houses like Chanel, Victor & Rolf, and Miu Miu drew inspiration from the plethora of good and evil icons presiding over TV and film. Check out ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” NBC’s “Grimm,” and the soon-to-be-released rival tales of Snow White, ”Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”. Disney has hit the catwalk.
Your student fashion doesn’t have to be restricted to fairy tales. Creating your own office-appropriate version of Belle, or Cinderella, or Jasmine is simple; no fairy Godmother required. Start with the overall look and color palette of your favorite enchanted heroine. Then deconstruct it.
For example Snow White’s ball giant skirt becomes bright skinny jeans. Her poofy-sleeved blouson top evolves into a tailored cardigan. Her red headband reforms into a chic red cloche. And the basket? Behold a clever, color-blocked tote.
You have now achieved a perfect balance of downtown cool and uptown prep without so much as a magic wand, and you’re armed and ready to face whatever evil the corporate world throws your way.
Pictures from The Daily Beast, The Spicy Italian Life, and Style.com