My recent television binges have exposed me to a plethora of pencil drawn women. There’s something about the simplicity of the animated character that is worth emulating. Most “trendy” fashion becomes passe because it throws in so many complex patterns, textures and cuts that don’t stand the test of time. When it comes to animated art, creators have to think about what’s achievable AND timeless. You’d never say Butters from South Park looks like he’s out of the 90s, because he doesn’t appear to represent any point in time.
The point is, there’s a lesson to be learned here. When it comes to 3D living, we should all consider a few lessons from these women:
Tina from Bob’s Burgers:
Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time:
Eileen from Regular Show:
Carrie from The Amazing World of Gumball:
Supergirl from Super Best Friends Forever:
These examples are just from recent television history. Think of all the women from decades past and the lessons they’ve imparted. The Powerpuff Girls. Dee Dee. Lucy. Which animated character do you take your style cues from?
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This time on Scully Chic I’ve been looking at this spectacular number which Agent Scully wore for the first half of the season one episode Jersey Devil. The original outfit mixes a navy blue suit with a shirt in an especially garish shade of glowing salmon-pink which Scully has buttoned up to just below her ears. The skirt cuts across her knees at precisely the wrong height, the jacket comes down to approximately four inches above her hemline and the less said about those white stocking the better.
I genuinely liked the navy color of her original suit and wanted to keep the original blue and pink color scheme so I began by toning down the pink shirt to a more complimentary shade. This stretch cotton blouse by HUGO also has a beautiful, flattering cut that feminises the neckline without becoming inappropriate for someone in law enforcement.
Check out: HUGO Light Pastel Pink Stretch Cotton Emna Blouse ($108)
Rather than sticking with a traditional suit, I began with a pair of classic navy pants. These simple ones come from the petite range at Debenhams so they should be the perfect length for Scully too.
Check out: Debenhams Petite Satin Back Crepe Trouser ($37)
Over her new shirt and pant combination, I chose this stunning trench coat. Scully often wore trench coats throughout the show but mostly oversized, unflattering ones; this Martin Grant design shows just how great the good-old trench can look when cut correctly.
Check out: Martin Grant Poppins Trench ($1323)
Scully always needs a large bag but the battered and clunky one in her original outfit wasn’t doing her style any favors. This Dooney and Bourke briefcase will keep her papers in order and looks great.
Check out: Dooney & Bourke Double Gusset Buckle Briefcase ($670)
This outfit is all about classic style so all it needs to finish it off is a pair of time-honored black patent leather heels. This pair by Kurt Geiger are about as classic as you can get and the open toe adds that little extra hint of sex appeal.
Check out: Kurt Geiger Admire Black ($99)
Sophie Brown is one of the core contributors over at GeekMom and so far the only Brit, which sometimes makes her feel guilty for not being a bigger fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock.
She is a die-hard X-Phile who loves cross stitching and baking cupcakes whilst marathoning sci-fi shows on Netflix. She is also an occasional cosplayer, spends far too many hours reading and writing X-Files fanfiction, and is attempting to learn Latin this year. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, especially about anything X-Files related, but be prepared for a very long answer.
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This is a heartfelt note from me to you: you MUST be kind to your feet. I should know. I’ve been seeing a podiatrist for a little over five years, because it turns out for a time in my life I was not only unkind to my feet, but I was slowly and methodically torturing my knees as a result.
I was once a lover of ridiculously high heels.
Let this not be an indictment of the sexy leg makers. Loosely flopping sandals and cheap flats can be just as bad on your body as those calf exercisers that go by the more common name: stilettos.
I love to travel. I love to walk. If given the choice between a cab, a train or a sidewalk and my two feet - I will likely pick the sidewalk. With SDCC coming up, the reality of wandering about a convention center in sexy shoes is laughable. And while in New York, my lovely wedges didn’t even leave the suitcase. Instead, I relied on a pair of Born flats that make my toes and knees and back happy and prevents the Tylenol from being busted out prematurely.
So what’s the point of this plea? Well, to tell you it’s OK to shun the sexy designer heels and go for something more practical. There are shoes out there which provide effective arch support and still have style from heel to toe. It’s about buying less until the perfect melding of style and arch support, breathable fabric and walk-ability are found.
Here’s four pairs of shoes I own (or own a previous iteration of) that embody attractiveness, practicality, comfort and aren’t straight from the orthopedist’s rack.
One thing my podiatrist said that I will never forget: put the shoe on and if it feels like the sole of your foot could just be resting on the floor - then that shoe is for you. If the shoe is trying to change the natural form of your foot, then don’t wear it.
If I see you on the floor of Comic Con, don’t be surprised if I check out your feet.
Editor’s Note: This awesome fashion post comes from GeekMom Blogger, Sophie Brown. If you have a Scully Chic recommendation, you can contact Sophie with the info after the jump.
When I was growing up, my role model in practically everything was Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files. Now I’m an adult and I still look to Scully as my role model in many areas, however one thing I don’t take her advice on is fashion. The outfits inflicted upon Gillian Anderson in the early seasons of the show are often just a few short steps away from human rights abuse, there’s even a blog dedicated to taking apart these wardrobe atrocities. However I started wondering if, with a few changes here and there, it would be possible to create stylish, functional outfits based on her originals; outfits that keep the feel of Scully but that you might actually consider wearing.
My rules were simple:
The outfits must keep to the spirit of the original outfit, sticking where possible to the colors, patterns and cuts used on the show
The outfits must be practical for the scene in which she wore it; most often that means office-wear which would also be suitable out in the field on investigations. My exception to this rule is shoes. What I consider practical footwear for an FBI agent and what was considered OK on the show are two wildly different ideas, for footwear I’ll be sticking with the show’s ideals so five inch stiletto heels are acceptable.
I am making a commitment. A commitment to wear color. I know. This is big. Like, really, really big. I think you’ll see that I’m not breaking out that far, but this is a start, no doubt.
Things I’m obsessed with this summer: the moon, stripes, shorts with patterns that look like vintage couch upholstery, tassel things (I’m behind on this trend, but it’s so fun) and green with orange.
Now if only the weather in Minneapolis would quit being shitty. It’s rained for literally two weeks straight. Despite this, the internet keeps me aware of the seasons by helping me purchase these items, because dammit, I want summer now:
What are your summer essentials?
If I hadn’t gone to journalism school and become obsessed with video cameras, I would have been a librarian. The library was a magical place for me as a child. Not only did I discover all my favorite books there, but I also discovered the internet for the first time there. Yeah, that was a big, big deal. So imagine my delight when Emma came up with the idea to do an outfit post for a chic librarian.
There’s nothing I don’t love about this look. But let’s explore the intricacies further. Yes, the flower is a bit twee, but it was so fun in the moment. We really couldn’t resist.
Links to products after the jump!