Express: Hayley vs. Hayley

I watched the original Parent Trap (the only one worth watching*) not long before we went to California. I used to love that movie when I was a kid, and I'm pleased to tell you that nothing has changed. It holds up! The Parent Trap is a solidly good movie. Even H1 liked it. I found my focus was slightly different from when I was younger, though. It's always wildly entertaining going back and seeing what you completely missed the first time**. The ridiculousness of a tween telling a boy that she feels naked without her lipstick completely went over my head, but made me laugh and laugh on the re-watch. Particularly as I wear lipstick very infrequently.

Mostly, though, what I realised I was missing out on was not jokes (The Parent Trap is quite an innocuous movie, really) but something even greater. The clothes!

Images, clockwise from top right: Hooked on Houses, Triple Thread, Jim Hill Media, Fan Carpet.
Images, clockwise from top right: Hooked on Houses, Triple Thread, Jim Hill Media, Fan Carpet.

Pretty much every outfit in that movie is completely amazing, right?

Thanks to Mad Men, it's particularly easy to buy and style a late '50s/early '60s outfit these days. I don't really have the right figure to make it look as good as it should (I am no Christina Hendricks, or even Maureen O'Hara for that matter) but a full skirt and tricky top can easily solve that problem.

Like this, for example.
Like this, for example.

This dress is one of my favourites. It's comfortable, easy to throw on, never needs ironing, and gives me more of a figure than I naturally have. Usually I wear it with wedges or sandals, but in honour of The Parent Trap (we were in California, after all) I sported ballet flats. And a cardigan, because California was a bit chilly that day****. Also, no lipstick. I'm glad I don't need it to feel dressed.

Dress: Hi There by Karen Walker; Cardigan: Uniqlo; Shoes: Toms
Dress: Hi There by Karen Walker; Cardigan: Uniqlo; Shoes: Toms

What was your favourite movie when you were a kid? And does the fashion in it inspire you now?

*Not that I've ever seen the Li-Lo remake, but I think it's a safe assumption.

**Best example is Dirty Dancing, which I first saw when I was about 10 or 11. I loved it but understood absolutely nothing***, which is...a good thing.

***I still love it, and I'm pretty sure I get at least 85% of it now.

****I don't care that it was officially winter - that's just rude.