My series of outfits on books has reminded me how often I feel as if I'm dressing as a character, but I usually keep the interpretation subtle. This dress reminds me of Anna Karina's Marianne in Pierrot le Fou--it's as much about a mood and silhouette as literal visual interpretation. Inspirations are always lurking behind my outfits like that; they're in my mind when I'm shopping and getting dressed. I think that's why I'm so fond of the 50's silhouette--my admiration for films of that period and frequent viewing of said movies. Yet, the inspiration remains quietly in the background. I don't want to feel as if I'm wearing a costume. Also, as much fun as my book series is (something I would love to continue doing for weeks and weeks without end), they're terribly limiting. There's a specific look to a book or a character or movie that is very rigid and quite outside of myself. What I mean is, whenever I focus too much on emulating Anna Karina I miss out on interpreting it into something that is more me. It's why I can't have one style icon--there are too many looks I admire and want to re-work and combine into something that feels more organic to my life and style.