It got briefly complicated when I discovered there were independent designers out there in the big wonky world making specifically designed pieces and calling it Lagenlook. I like Lagenlook and I like what I see in many of the pre-assembled designer outfits but in the end I prefer to assemble my own from disparate pieces. That means no matching fabrics in identical colours and textures for me, though it did inspire me to try monochromatic dressing a bit more. When I had put designer-laganlook back on the shelf after a thorough examination I came across a Japanese street style called Mori Girl. I cannot describe what Mori is in any even remotely brief way and it has variations and sister styles but it is also a layered style of dressing that is generally both earthy and feminine so that aspect appealed to me. It is, as all Japanese street style seems to be, very young looking and I think one might need to either be under 25 or at least look under 25 to really pull it off. That being said I believe anyone can and should wear whatever he or she wants to.
With Mori style the clue that it is intended for the young is that is has the word "girl" incorporated into it. Not woman. A Mori Girl is supposed to look like a girl of the forest. The look is appealing to my inner ten year old but it is far too sweet and young to look anything other than like a costume on me. Many of the concepts the Mori Girls try to embrace do apply to me though and are essentially what I already instinctively gravitate towards. Something called Dark Mori has evolved for those who find the regular Mori just a little too sweet and innocent looking. It has a dash of Goth to it and looks more like the forest girl's older sister is dabbling in dark magic. I enjoy admiring the images in the same way someone might admire the look of a pin up girl but not dress the part on a regular basis. It would come across like a costume and that is something the Japanese appear to enjoy doing. I do not happen to be my town's resident eccentric, at least not yet.
Today's layers are a bit reminiscent of Christmas, but I say why should only Christmas enjoy red and green together and not let us have it any other time? The green shawl is yet another of my scarf-shawl hybrids, which I have in many colours. I could not wear something that bright all over but enjoy a dash of it like this. Then I have a black cotton dress with a red tartan skirt underneath it. The camera has emphasised how the grey stripe over red on the skirt looks a bit like purple so I will experiment with wearing the skirt with purple as well.
For going outside, I decided I need a hat today. It's cooler, yes, but if I am honest it is more want than 'need'. Not that it matters. I am just inclined to be honest. And here is the shawl-scarf worn the other way I typically wear it. I am cleverly posed with a red and green painting behind me and we are going to pretend I did that on purpose. A friend told me I look like a French school teacher. Or perhaps it was a teacher of French. Either way I only have enough skill with French to convince an English speaking kindergarten student that I am bilingual.
I am linking up to Patti's Visible Monday over at her wonderful blog Not Dead Yet Style