Vintage inspiration doesn't always have to come from past decades. While I'm always inspired by actual photos of men and women dressed fabulously in the clothes of that time period, I am equally inspired by people who blend vintage with their modern clothes and in modern contexts as well.
We often look to celebrities for style inspiration, but that can be dangerous. I don't necessarily think that fame and money automatically equals style. I like when celebrities seem to have a true sense of personal style; not just wear what some big fancy designer gifted them or what's the latest trend. Celebrities who do that usually end up on all those what NOT to wear layouts at the back of People magazine.
While I've been on holiday these last several weeks, I've become addicted to a show called New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel. If you haven't seen it, you must. It' s like an updated version of Seinfeld, only less quirky and more relatable. Zooey Deschanel is kind of an elusive celebrity. She hasn't made huge blockbuster movies, nor is she plastered over every magazine cover as an 'it' girl or someone who the paparazzi is stalking for gossip. Thank goodness. Her style is classy and so is she.
Actually, I first saw her in 500 Days of Summer and was captivated by her vintage-y style. Now watching her in New Girl I can say with certainty, she's one of my vintage style inspirations. She tends to favor pretty dresses and skirts with cinched in waists, cardigans and tights. Her style is very feminine with lots of ruffles, bows and sweetness. And, when she wears shorts, they're super cute high waisted shorts with tights. I really like that look, especially since I've become a shorts girl over the summer.
Her cutesy cutesy style works perfectly with her hilarious sense of humor and that husky voice. Actually, now that I've written this post, I think I might have a girl crush on her. There, I said it.