raise your hand if your wardrobe is circus*-obsessed!

raise your hand if your wardrobe is circus*-obsessed!

By Mary Catherine

*(“Circus” being loosely defined here, as you will see below…)

I don’t think I’ve professed my love for Flickr here on Painfully Hip, but let it be known: I love it. I love the street fashion groups so much and of those groups, I especially love the Wardrobe Remix group (which is where, incidentally, Amber and I first happened upon each other). Partially because of it’s size, it’s variety, I find it very inspiring. If you don’t somehow work in fashion, or know lots of people who share your clothes-related urges, your fashion-life can be a little more lonely. It’s not unusual to be the only one you know who likes the things you like. But, like Painfully Hip, on Flickr–you will undoubtedly come upon a slew of other girls (and some guys) who like what you like also. Super neat. I love it. And because of my love for it, I’ve become a regular contributor. And lately, I’ve gotten a (totally deserved) hilarious theme in the comments I’ve received. For example:

I was told this looked like I was inspired by vaudeville:

(Hat: vintage, thrifted; Bow: made myself!; Top: h&m; High-waisted jeans: UO clearance; Shoes: h&m)

I totes see that and while I did NOT consciously plan it, I have to say, I am thrilled with the comment/compliment! I love that idea! At this point, there are very few things that intrigue me in my artwork (and in my clothes, apparently) more than an old-fashioned circus. Especially if it happens to be a french circus…hmmm….

The day after the above outfit, I wore what you see below, which I was told looked like both a circus MC, and a lady lion-tamer on her day off. Maybe the best compliment ever?

(Bow: made by me!; Blouse: f21, tea-dyed; Bracelet: thrifted, vintage; Overalls: UO; Shoes: h&m)

And then today I was asked to put together some outfits using gingham for Violet Folklore–one of my favorite blogs run by two of the loveliest girls–which was no problem at all because I LOVE gingham. Especially of the black-and-white variety. And so I went to work making an outfit around my favorite gingham pants (which I happen to have made, btw. Holla.) And lo, another circus-y, mime-y look:

(Hat: vintage, thrifted with a pin sent to me from Francesca of the snail and the cyclops; Blouse: thrifted, but it’s Erin Featherstone for Target; Pants: did i mention i made them??; Purse: vintage; Black bow bracelet: h&m; White bakelite bracelet: vintage, thrifted; Lace socks: anthro clearance; Shoes: gift)

And–mind you–this recurring theme still hadn’t occurred to me UNTIL I put my outfit BACK ON that I was already. I then realized: It’s true. I am circus-obsessed. And today I’m a Carny….

(Velvet hair bow: made by me!; bird necklace: anthro clearance; shirt: h&m; suspenders: $3 at a cheap-o store; jeans: Kohl’s jr dept on sale; socks: Old Navy 874 years ago; shoes: h&m)

I guess the biggest difference is that I have all my teeth, but otherwise….

And hey–all you P-Hippers–we’ve just started a new Flickr group with this sort of thing in mind! It’s called “This Outfit Inspired By _______” and we’d simply love it if you came by, joined up, and showed us your outfits and what inspired them! You can find it here. We can’t wait to see you there!

31 comments to raise your hand if your wardrobe is circus*-obsessed!

  • who doesnt have fun at the circus?! :)

  • I’ve been reading this blog for awhile, and I had no idea that you and the fabulous vaudeville littleredfox were one and the same!! I am all about the new flickr group, you will be seeing me there constantly :~)


  • haha, katie!
    although I wouldn’t MIND being Mary Catherine, and we do have a disturbing amount in common, we are not one in the same. We are on different coasts. she’s going to be a regular (hardly!) guest blogger here and we’re STOKED to have her!

    also?? your anachronistic dressing post was FABOO!

  • Silly me, I should have put that together! But in any case, I’m all the more pleased to find out there are two of you, haha… And I’m glad you liked the anachronistic post, thanks for reading :~)

  • I love your first outfit, so cute!

  • I love the Flickr fashion groups for those days when you wear something that you think is so fabulous and *no one* you see all day says anything! Petty? Perhaps. But man does it feel good to post the outfit on Flickr and have other clothing lovers shower you with love for it. Ya know?

  • I totally agree on the circus thing… circus, puppets, old dolls – great inspiration! Have you ever read Water for Elephants? It’s not the most intellectual book in the world but I love imagining a shady depression-era circus train…

  • Futurelint: No i haven’t seen that book but it has already gone onto my Paperback Swap and Amazon request lists! thank you for the suggestion–that is EXACTLY what i feel like reading right now :)

    Violet Folklore: YES. SISTER. sing it. it might just be clothes to some people, but to me….it’s maybe a bit more :)

    and Katie: How flattering to be confused with the gorgeous Amber!! i will take that any day of the week/year!!! thank you!!! hahahaa

  • I love those overalls! very jealous

  • I love the outfit with the white blouse! Its so sweet

    Come see me at http://vintage-tea.blogspot.com/


  • relynne

    I am having a vintage circus birthday party for my two little girls. I really want them to wear something to go with the theme but I having a hard time finding clothing for their size…(size 8 and 6). Does anyone know of any good websites?

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