Throughout their lifetime, true Fashionistas progressively expand their sources of inspiration and in turn allow their personal styles to evolve as well. During their college years Fashionistas often boast renowned magazines like Vogue and Nylon as their sartorial bibles, devouring every delightful detail from cover to cover. Although eccentric editorial spreads may seem like the perfect source to pull ideas from, magazines were not always the most obvious of style muses. For the Fashionistas who were chic from childhood, the main source of inspiration likely lay within the pages of fairy tales. These beloved stories, with their timeless quality, allow readers to embark on a journey to the magical land of “once upon a time.”
Before we knew anything about couture, many of us would daydream of the opulent gowns and accessories that we would wear if we too were princesses — from the crowns on our heads to our delicate glass slippers. Although princesses are an integral part of many fairy tales, they are definitely not the only fictional Fashionistas who are worth referencing in our wardrobes. When it comes to fictional style inspirations, there’s one fairy tale protagonist in particular who comes to mind, the lovely Little Red Riding Hood. Who better to have as a muse than the girl who’s as well known for her adorable outfit choice as she is for her face off with a big bad wolf? This week’s Fashionista proves that you’re never too old to draw inspiration from the bedtime stories of your childhood, as she channels her own twist on this fairy tale classic.
I always like to emphasize that the key to style is inspiration, not imitation. By opting for a hooded wool coat in a neutral tone this Fashionista showed a subtle innocence reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, while completely avoiding a costumey look. The cloak-like hood plays a dual role, as it adds a cutesy playfulness when worn down, yet it contributes an element of mystery and allure when worn upon the head. The coat is light enough that it can be worn as a seasonal transition piece and the hood makes it practical enough that it protects from the sporadic spring showers that Montreal is known for. Since the hood is the focal point of the coat, the more oversized and exaggerated it is, the better. To get this Fashionista’s look, ASOS offers a very similar beige alternative, as well as a maroon piece that gives a more grown-up take on the classic red hue. If you want a coat with a more draped, cloak-like appearance, this high-low option by Diane von Furstenberg is ideal. For the Fashionistas who are enamoured with the edgier side of fashion, opt for this ultra-cool piece from Mackage, which comes complete with leather embellishments and a removable hood.
Whether you’re delivering baked goods to your grandma, outsmarting a wolf in the forest or just taking a stroll through campus, the hooded wool coat is a must-have this season.