Monday, May 23, 2011

Mori Girl Monday: Quick Basic Outfit Coordinate

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There are two things to really keep in mind when putting together a mori girl outfit. They are colour and material. Mori girls use a palette of earth tones (you'll sometimes see other colours mixed in, but we're sticking to the basics here). Materials are commonly natural, like cotton, linen, straw, and wool. Of course, you don't need every item of your outfit to be 100% natural. Many blends of synthetic fiber look quite natural, so pay closer attention to the look and the feel of items (stay away from anything shiny and fake looking!). Of course, mori girl wouldn't be the interestingly unique fashion it is without experimentation, but it's easiest to stick to these notions when just starting out.

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One of the best things about mori girl (besides how comfortable and charming it is) is how easy it is to find pieces for it. A trip to the local thrift store, or some browsing on ebay/etsy is sure to turn up, at the very least, one thing that can be easily incorporated into a mori girl outfit. An added bonus is that this makes it a very affordable fashion. Recently, stores have picked up on a natural/bohemian trend so it's quite easy to find accessories and other things that fit well with the fashion.

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(Photo from Wonder Rocket staff blog)

Layering is an important element of mori girl. If you find a skirt or dress that you think would look great in a mori girl outfit, but think that it's too short, then try layering it with a longer skirt. If you have two skirts of similar length that you want to incorporate into the same outfit, you can pin one up so that the other skirt can be seen underneath. The mori girl look of many textures and colours is achieved through layering, so don't be afraid to play around with it.

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Here is a fall or spring outfit for when it starts getting warm, but there's still a bit of a chill. Almost everything here is second-hand or homemade. The woolen capelet, which I made, is dark brown with a beaded closure. The dress is actually a skirt (brand: Old Navy) from a thrift store that has an elastic shirred waist, so it can be worn wherever you want. It has also been tea dyed. The dark brown skirt (brand: Anne Taylor Loft), belt, and vintage lace lace hanky are also from a thrift store. The pocket watch necklace and boots were purchased brand new online from bodyline and ebay, respectively.

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This is a slight variation on the outfit for a warmer day. The capelet has been taken away, and a vintage lace shawl has been added, along with a straw boater hat. The lace shawl is actually a valance, but it is very soft and detailed, unlike a lot of newer lace. The boater is from H&M.
Each outfit cost around $40-$60 total.

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So, as you can see, there are many pieces out there just waiting for you to find them and use them in your own mori girl outfit as you see fit. I'll be back next week with more mori girl coordinates <3