What to Wear While…Watching (or Reading) “Ghost World”
"Ghost World," a graphic novel created by Daniel Clowes in the late nineties, was adapted into a film in 2001, starring Thora Birch as Enid, the protagonist. Enid’s playful retro styling, her trademark black bob and glasses, accompanied by her constant cynical elucidations, turned her image into an instantly recognizable character and cult figure. Enid is an inspiring sartorial icon- her fluidity, weaving in and out of a range of styles (seventies punk, fifties retro, mod, maritime and novelty wear) is directly reflective of her stabs at carving out an identity and course for herself as she transitions out of the aimlessness of teen hood in suburbia. She dyes her hair green after her best friend tells her they should pretend to be yuppies when looking for an apartment to give landlords the impression of being responsible, considers getting a full, matching 1930s wardrobe, but thinks she’ll look like an asshole when she goes to the mall or Taco Bell. By the end, she disappears from town without trace, taking just a small suitcase and leaving all her stuff behind- a heartening reminder that clothes are just clothes, but playing dress up is pretty fun.
Dress with a sense humor: vintage novelty print tees and ringer shirts, graphic prints (animal especially!), mod shift dresses, plaid skirts, and sailor and school girl outfits.
1. Angora Plaid Skirt by Max Mara, $29
2. Peach 60s Mod Dress, $50
3. 70s Face Print Collar Shirt, $38
4. Zebra Print Mini Skirt, $50
5. Cowboy Boot Tank, $22
6. Band of Outsiders Dress, $85