I was talking to someone the other day, who revealed that they want to dress like Alex from Wizards of Waverly Place. This person was not my daughter or any other six year old; they were, in fact, a fully grown adult woman. And truthfully, I concur. I would love to dress like Alex. She wears scarves better than anyone in the history of the world. And it got me thinking about the characters (both real and fictional) that capture my style imagination.
Five People I Whose Closets I Would Love To Raid
1. Alex Russo (Wizards of Waverly Place) - Okay, so primarily, there's the scarf thing. I mean, really... I always look like such a dope in a scarf. And believe me, I try anyway. She's always so totally casual about it and it works for her. She's also got a hippie vibe that manages to look modern enough to not be contrived. All my hippie clothes look like I'm on my way to a theme party. She layers everything and manages to look very put together and haphazard at the same time. Really, that's all I want out of my style life - to look both put together and just rolled out of bed.
2. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac and beyond) - Okay, so hear me out. There are some pretty wack-a-doodle Stevie Nicks outfits and she occasionally looks like she threw a piece of carpet over her shoulders and called it a shawl, but when she gets it right - she really gets it right. She pulls off these monochromatic outfits that you can't help but stare at and everything is layers upon layers of gorgeousness. You just can't deny that Stevie can do the layers. Also the texture. Everything has texture and she just piles it all on (which is how she gets the carpet thing going, but I'm going to forgive her that because of the lace and feathers and fringe and ruffles and everything else in which she manages to look amazing.
3. Inara Serra (Firefly and Serenity) - Okay, so in her profession as an ... um... "companion," her clothes are sometimes as not there as I would like in my wardrobe, but I love the way everything drapes and hangs. She manages to look simultaneously ready for the ball and like she's wearing her bathrobe. An amazing, beautiful bathrobe - but still. And the jewelry! Living in the world she does, her jewelry isn't particularly "fine," but it is big and statementy and never, ever overdone.
5. Melinda Gordon (Ghost Whisperer) - Melinda occasionally looks idiotic. I don't know anyone who always sleeps in a low-cut, floor length flowing white nightgown. I love how Melinda mixes vintagey pieces with modern peices and shapes and comes out with something that manages to look old fashioned without looking out of fashion. And the scarves. I love the scarves.
In summary - I am schmuck for scarves, layers, statement jewelry, hippies and layers. Oh, and layers. Who are your style icons and why?