I love finding new ways to rethink my wardrobe — and I’ve discovered recently that one of the best sources for an inspired outfit choice can come from books!
Dressing to match or coordinate with a book, or even taking inspiration from a book cover or character are great ways to rethink your clothes and how you put them together.
Given my love of fictional pirates, it was easy to find inspiration from Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. Especially given that Alosa and I both share some crazy bright red hair.
Taking my cues from the book cover itself, I wanted an outfit inspired by the same ensemble Alosa is seen wearing without going too costume-y. For that reason, I left my actual corset in the closet — and went with a black sweater vest over a pale blue pinstriped blouse. (Both items are old pieces from my wardrobe, so I couldn’t begin to tell you where they are from. Alas.) Then I paired them with dark skinny jeans and my knee-high black boots, and added a few pirate-y accessories to tie everything together. The sword maybe wouldn’t work in every day use, but the treasure chest necklace sure does.
My necklace came from Charming Charlie a few years ago, but you can find some really cute options on Etsy right now.
Speaking of Etsy, that’s also where my husband got me this wonderful mermaid ring — which, admittedly, is one I wear almost every day, but also works perfectly in this outfit as a nod to the sirens mentioned frequently in the book. (And what are pirates without mermaids?)
In case you’re wondering, that sword is real, blackened steel. It’s my husband’s, and it’s part of his always expanding collection of pirate costume pieces and accessories. (I told you; we’re really into pirates. The couple that plunders together, stays together? Sure!) We were lucky to find it on sale for an incredible price at the Oregon Renaissance Faire last year; your local Ren Faires can be great places to find cool, unique pirate-y accessories!
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