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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Medieval me

Bill Cunningham’s Sunday video for The New York Times documents trends he notices on the streets of New York City. I got excited when I saw that today’s was “Legs of Manhattan: The gothic and medieval eras are casting their spells over fashion. Today's look of black leggings and abbreviated coats suggests men in the 1400s.”

Really, Bill, that’s the best you’ve got? Black tights or leggings and short coats do not a medieval look make. Granted there were two doublet-like jackets (shown in the still) that fit the bill, but the rest just did not impress.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m fascinated by all things medieval (and have been accused of having a medieval lifestyle based on my lack of interest in technology, electronics and many items of convenience). One of my first posts when I switched this blog to be about vintage/thrift clothing was about the tunic/legging look.

Some of my favorite fashion elements are drawn from medieval and Renaissance times: puffy sleeves, double sleeves, short dresses or tunics over leggings, colorful tights, lace-up bodices, talisman-like pendants, big silver rings, capes, cloaks, shawls, boots, anything velvet, earth tones, and the color purple.

Just looking through some of my pics (some which I’ve not posted before) of the past couple years, I came up with the following (i.e., without really trying):


If some of these outfits look a tiny bit costume-y, well, frankly, I wish life was more of a costume party than it is. It’s not like I go out in chain mail or anything. At least, not often.

I'm not in a New York Times video, but I'll pop into Visible Monday.

Reader Comments (11)

Those are some pretty fun clothes! You're right, life should be like a party. Your dog certainly thinks so!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

Jo, you do Medieval chic waaay better than those New Yorkers! (I was also disappointed in Cunningham's take) ... And I am with you in all things velvet, purple and cape-like! Add in some tapestry or brocade and we're rockin!

P.S. thanks for your kind comment and sorry I didn't see the other one. I am free anytime for Skype - if you work during the day, evenings are fine (just not too late!). I'm only an hour ahead of you. Let me know what works best for you as I'm flexible. Looking forward! Xo

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

I would love life to be a bit more costumey - that would be fun. I love the look - much better than the clip.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Yes! Those are some fabulous looks - love the skirt of ties (?). I love Bill C. but I agree that he stretched his theme this week - mostly tights and tops, eh? Thanks for sharing your fabulosity with Visible Monday.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

Ok, I was scrolling down, going yeah! yeah! oh yeah! AND THEN I REACHED THE CHAIN MAIL!!!!!!!!
You made me laugh out loud!

Found you through Visible Monday -- it was your exquisite scarf in the first picture that lured me over.

So hard to choose a favorite look up there (ruling out the chain mail, of course). That necktie skirt! I've seen them before, yours is especially lovely. I like how you styled it -- boho rocker circa 1972

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranne the SpyGirl

I love this run down of some of your past posts/looks. I like your use of vintage patterns and colors best. The chain mail must be heavy! ;)

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

I have to say the looks selected on the clip are very ordinary and ubiquitous - leggings, short jackets and boots, that's all! Nothing with much colour or texture, surely they are important too. As others have commented, I like your versions of Medieval Chic a whole lot more, Jo! And every time I see you flashing those fabulous legs, I think, wow! xxxxxx

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Love the tights and boots especially. And of course the chain mail with doggy outfit.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpao

Everyday should be a party, and why not a costume party! I love your style, and I'm especially taken with the various coats, jackets, and that gorgeous cape. Show us more please! I'm stopping by via Visible Monday.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue @ A Colourful Canvas

Nobody references these periods like you do! Referential, but not slavishly costumy. You can wear them everywhere, not just the Renn Faire! And they invariably flatter you. Good job, you!

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

I see where he's coming from but I agree that you've captured the total silhouette better in your outfits. I love the way this look still stands the test of time (dare I say, it has practical implications?)

Anyhoo, I see you're on squarespace. Tell me how is it? Your site looks GREAT!

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