urban elphaba

I nurse a great fondness for the Wizard of Oz canon, Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series in particular, and Elphaba Thropp is one of my all-time favorite literary characters. She’s a witch, but not the sexy, slinky kind I usually aim to embody. She’s tough and ungainly and better suited to leather than lace. Some witches transcend the elements, but Elphaba seems like she just soldiers right through them, grim-faced in a burlap cloak. I like that roughness, so I borrowed a little of it for today’s witchiness.

Peasant skirt topped off with a snakeskin belt. I wish I could say I skinned the snake myself.

I really like the paper-bag waist trend, particularly with a skinny belt. This morning I sewed belt loops onto this skirt to properly accommodate the belt.

Celtic knot necklace. Used to be my mother’s.

I feel more than a little medieval.

Leather boots! They make everything a little grungier, especially peasant-style skirts.

Blouse: Plato’s Closet Skirt: Paizlee’s (now-defunct boutique in Essex) Jacket and Belt: Battery Street Jeans Boots and Necklace: Handed down from Mom Hat: Gifted

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