Three days ago it was Rex Manning Day. I realised this at 6:42pm, thanks to a tweet from Nylon Magazine. Obviously, I was devastated - how did I spend all of Monday completely oblivious to such an important occasion? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, or why Rex Manning Day is a day of international significance, I suggest you watch Empire Records immediately*. Don't even read to the bottom of this post. In fact, even if you're completely aware of who Rex Manning is, it'd probably be a good idea to watch Empire Records anyway - because when is Empire Records not a good idea?
Nylon Mag's tweet indicated that they would be celebrating Rex Manning Day in Liv Tyler's outfit, which seems eminently sensible, seeing as she was by far the best-dressed character in the movie. But while I would usually love nothing more than to base my outfit off an old-yet-great movie, I'm afraid Liv Tyler's getup may be just a bit too...what's the word...skimpy for me. Even during the bits when she's fully dressed.
Plus, wearing boots like that is guaranteed to cause stumpiness. Except in Liv Tyler's case, apparently.
This, I think, is close to the leggings problem I had a while back. For me, the mid-'90s was not that long ago. There have definitely been outfits very similar to the above in my past, stumpy legs and all**. So even though you can't move without tripping over a tangle of crop tops, short skirts, and ankle boots these days, literal interpretations are out.
The above combo, however, takes all the best bits of Liv Tyler's outfit - boxy top, patterned wrap skirt, and clunky shoes - and repackages them as something somebody who is old enough to have enjoyed Empire Records on VHS (yes, VHS!) could actually gracefully wear. Loosely tuck the top in, admire your non-stumpy legs, and enjoy***.
What mid-'90s film best suits your style sensibilities?
*I have no idea what sort of computer algorithm stuff-up caused that rating, but trust me - it's way, way better than a 6.5.
**Because I am not Liv Tyler...see how this works?
***With A.J. or your local equivalent by your side if necessary, of course.