Emulating Alice: A Wonderland of fashion

2010-03-11T00:00:00Z Emulating Alice: A Wonderland of fashionBy Hope Pastzor, Sentinel Correspondent, March 11, 2010 The Sentinel

For the past several years, my wardrobe has been greatly influenced by the whimsical charm of Lewis Carol’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Full feminine skirts, black Mary Jane heels, vintage pocket watch necklaces and brightly colored stockings have been mainstays of my recent style.

Directed by the legendary Tim Burton, the new “Alice in Wonderland” film provides a visual feast for Lewis Carol fans and surreal fashion fanatics alike. The fever for all things Alice has spread throughout the retail world, as Urban Outfitters, Hot Topic and even Wal-Mart are cashing in on clothing and home decor inspired by the film.

All about Alice

Even before rumors of this year’s film surfaced on the Web, fashion bloggers all over the world were emulating the vibe of this famed literary protagonist. Don’t assume that the only Alice-inspired look consists solely of crayon-blue skirts and blinding white tights. There are a myriad of different Alice fashion genres. If you love sweet, feminine clothes, go with an airy cotton frock in cool blue tones or with a subtle blue floral pattern. Offset the softness of the dress with a narrow leather belt in a warm cherry-red and add a pair of vintage Victorian lace-up booties. Top it off with a perky red hair bow, a quirky vintage pendant necklace, and simplistic eye shadow and dewy lip gloss.

If you’re more of a bold rocker chick, you can still incorporate the delicacy of Alice’s apparel into your wardrobe. Mix a pair of bright blue highwaisted skinny jeans with a simple white tee, adding some contrast with red Converse sneakers and a daring red headband. Finish your look with a load of chain necklaces and a key-shaped charm, complete with deep red lipstick, black nail polish and stylized black eyeliner.

Mad for hats

While you may not relish the idea of cavorting the streets in a Mad Hatter-esque ensemble, you can still borrow elements from this eccentric “Alice in Wonderland” character, namely a fantastic top hat. If you’re one to be daring in the way you dress, try sporting a traditional, old-fashioned black top hat. Wear your hat slightly angled on your head, balancing out the menswear vibe with a flirty romper, harlequin-print tights and high-heeled pumps.

If you prefer a slightly low-key look, buy a miniature top hat at your local craft store, and glue onto a narrow black headband, for a less drastic alternative. Dip further into the Mad Hatter look with crisp white gloves, a retro bow tie or even a vintage tuxedo jacket with coattails.

Queen of fashion

Conjure up your inner villainess with outfits inspired by the Red Queen. Tim Burton decided to morph the character of “Alice in Wonderland’s” Queen of Hearts, with “Through the Looking Glass’s” Red Queen. The result of this character configuration was a Queen Elizabeth I-like Red Queen. Take some fashion advice from this fiery-tempered monarch, before it’s “Off with your head!”

Add a majestic red blouse to a pair of skinny black jeans. Make this outfit truly fit for a queen with metallic gold heels, a textured black scarf, and heavy red and gold jewelry. If you prefer a more girly look, slip into your favorite little black dress, and pair with red tights, black stiletto ankle boots and gold chain necklaces. Paint your nails a deep red, and swipe on a hint of aqua eye shadow, complete with black mascara on both the upper and lower lashes, and 1920s-style Cupid’s bow red lipstick.

Keep these outfit ideas in mind as you take part in the current Alice in Wonderland hubbub. Dress in full costume when you go to the movie theater to watch the film, or incorporate gentler Burton-esque elements into your usual outfits. No matter where you go, you’ll possess the magical dreaminess of Wonderland.


Hope Pastzor is a 17-year-old fashion enthusiast from Carlisle. E-mail her at frontdoor@cumberlink.com.

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