Hello all! I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful Turkey Day and is now gearing up for that magical holiday called Christmas. I realize I’ve been a bit lax in my blog posting as it’s been almost a month since my last post. Yikes! I apologize for the delay, but I’m back and here to inspire you with period drama fashion!
Since I started this blog, I’ve been wanting to do a fashion post on one of my favorite movies and books: I Capture the Castle. The first time I saw this delightful film, I was captured (pun intended) by the multifaceted characters and the whimsical plot. It manages to be both poignant and humorous. In fact, I love this movie so much, a screencap of it appears in the banner of my site. That’s a young Rose Byrne in the third square, playing, ironically, Rose Mortmain in the film.
Based on the novel by Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle is about an eccentric and impoverished family who resides in a crumbling castle. The story is told from the point of view of Cassandra Mortmain (played by Romola Garai). Cassandra is very much the peacekeeper of the family, which includes a father with a serious case of writer’s block, a bohemian, nudist stepmother, a frustrated older sister, and a precocious younger brother. There’s also Stephen, the hunky, loyal servant who stays on with the family despite not being paid.
Cassandra and Rose are very close as sisters, despite being quite opposite. Rose may be the elder one, but Cassandra deals with their family’s poverty much better than her. Rose wants nothing more than to escape, specifically in the form of marrying rich. The family’s tumultuous yet staid lives are forever changed with the arrival of two American brothers — Simon and Neil — and their mother.
This is definitely a character-driven plot. The unique and flawed cast of characters are what make this movie so enjoyable. The fashion in the film, set in the 1930s, is enjoyable as well. The Mortmain sisters, due to their poverty and the influence of their bohemian stepmother, add a one-kind-kind flair to the fashion of the 30s.
In examining the fashion from this period drama, I want to show you a couple of outfits worn by Cassandra and Rose and then give you ideas on how to recreate them. I’ve also decided to split this post into two parts. This first one will examine two of Rose’s ensembles, while the second one will be on Cassandra. Make sure to be on the lookout for Part II!
With her billowy curls of vibrant red hair, Rose would stand out even if wearing a paper bag, not that Rose would ever deign to wear one. Instead, she strives to be fashion-forward even with her lack of money. After all, necessity breeds creativity. Rose wears several enchanting dresses throughout the film. It was definitely hard to narrow down her outfits to just two, but I went ahead with my favorite dress of hers in the film as well as one of her more casual outfits.
Get the Look:
This dark red, almost burgundy dress with open shoulders is like something a woodland nymph would wear. It has a boho-chic quality to it, and there’s no denying Rose is giving 1930s style her own special pizzazz. She even has flowers in her hair!
In order to capture this look, go for a like-colored dress in a similar fairytale-esque style, either long in order to fully channel Rose’s outfit or short if you’d rather not wear a maxi.
Adding flowers gives a special, ethereal touch to this outfit.
Get the Look II:
I adore this outfit. Firstly, Rose is donning a wide leg trouser jumpsuit, and while trousers weren’t worn too often by women in the 30s, that certainly doesn’t stop the spirited Rose. I’m not sure if I would ever wear wide-leg pants myself, but either way, Rose pulls them off wonderfully, and I love how she’s paired them with an olive cropped cardigan and cute knit beret. Also, don’t forget about Rose’s glass of crème de menthe, which she purposely chose to complement her red hair. So go ahead and chicly sip a glass of this sweet green liqueur as you recreate Rose’s darling outfit (provided you’re of legal drinking age of course). After all, Rose is definitely using the drink as an accessory, so why shouldn’t you? 😉
Now onto the outfit!
For the bottoms, opt for gray trousers in either a wide leg or loose fit.
A knit beret really pulls this look together and gives it some added chic appeal.
And the most important rule to remember when recreating Rose’s I Capture the Castle style? Always make an entrance…
And so commences Part I in my I Capture the Castle fashion post!
In Part II, I’ll show you Cassandra’s take on 1930s fashion and, of course, how you can recreate it.
Which of Rose’s outfits do you like better? Have you seen or read I Capture the Castle?