(Yes that's a Beauty and the Beast reference.)
Maybe it's just the romanticism of Beauty and The Beast affecting my clothing choices (wink), but I've noticed recently (and by recently, I really mean over the past several months) I'm drawn more and more to more feminine pieces. It's funny actually, how much my style has changed over the years: from the little 11 year old who so desperately wanted to be a rockstar that she swore she'd walk down the aisle in white skinny jeans...to this.
And most interesting of all, I think, is that I don't feel more fragile or vulnerable in skirts and dresses and retro-inspired pieces: I feel stronger. There is strength in femininity; in recognizing my delicateness as a woman, the very thing that makes me supposedly "weaker", I feel like I've tapped into my greatest skill: the potential to remain gentle in a ruthless world.
C. S. Lewis said that "to love at all is to be vulnerable." It's something I'd like to implement more: loving other people well, even if I get nothing in return. And maybe, dressing in a softer, more approachable way is the outward ramification of that.
Or maybe I'm just smitten with retro fashion.
Necktie: vintage, unknown, similar
Top: Forever 21, old, similar
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Old Navy, old, similar
Bag: Vintage Coach, similar Madewell bag here