So my spring wardrobe has been having a bit of a moment. I’m so happy with how it’s turned out, after a month or two of planning I think I’ve finally got it honed. And you know what, there was one piece of inspiration in particular that really sped up the process – watching Call Me By Your Name.
Tired, bored and unassuming, my old housemates and I sat down after work one day last month with some popcorn and decided to watch the film. We didn’t expect too much – I’ll be honest, I was more interested in Timothy Chalamet than the expertise of the filmmaking – but just thirty minutes into the film and I was in love with it. Every last part of it. It’s like they found everything in the world that makes me happy – Italy in the summer, sexual tension demonstrated through hand-holding, Sufjan Stevens… when the film ended I genuinely thought it was the best film I’d ever seen.
Anyway, so I’m a big old fan of Call Me By Your Name. However, I wasn’t expecting it to have such an impact on my spring wardrobe. I noticed more and more that my Pinterest boards were beginning to look like European summer houses, linen shirts and glistening, fresh-out-the-water hair and highlight. It hadn’t just become my favourite film; it was seeping into my soul. And being honest, I was totally fine with that.
The linen shirt I found on YesStyle was definitely the gateway purchase. It makes me feel like I’m embracing pope-chic, Armie Hammer style. This then led to two more Yesstyle shirts added to my basket, each equally flowy and romantic-looking. All I need is some mid-length cotton shorts to tuck them into and I’ve basically got my androgynous, too-hot-for-clothes look sorted.
Then I was thinking about the gorgeous jeans the girls in the film wear, and that led to a session on Urban Outfitters* where I picked up a Levi’s Wedgie cropped pair and also a BDG Straight Leg pair in a deep sea blue. I’ve been wearing both pairs almost solidly since I received them, and they have just enabled my Italian fantasy wardrobe even more.
I love how all of the clothes worn in the movie hark back to nineties fashion, with old slogan tees in bright colours on white cotton and really worn out tennis trainers. There was something in all of the vintage colours and styles that drew me to this backpack when I was looking for a small summer bag I could carry a water bottle and a magazine in. I love the vintage-looking Fjallraven design, and the canary yellow colour is a great accent to my ridiculously monochrome wardrobe.
Speaking of trainers, unfortunately they seem to have been cropped out of most of these Milan photos, but I spent the whole trip, and pretty much all of my time in London at the moment, wearing my Airmax 95’s. I adore this design, they’ve definitely one-upped the Fila’s in my eyes and fulfil my every need when it comes to chunky trainers. They’re perfect paired with my linen shirts and they saved my little feet from getting blistered when exploring Milan. I’m a big fan.
Then, to necklaces! Oh my word. I’m a big fan of the Missoma* selection, as they all look like they came straight out of Ancient Rome, however if you’re not into the necklace all of us bloggers are wearing at the minute then In Association With* do some stunning coin necklaces, which are made in India by a local business that is safe and fair to it’s workers. I’m loving layering necklaces over shirts and t-shirts right now, and these ones are just enabling me further.
And this is just the pieces I bought for Spring. Who knows where this obsession with Call Me By Your Name will end – soon I will be listening to Talking Heads tapes, finding sexy grad tutors to teach me French and jumping on a coach to a random Italian city. But for now, everything other than my wardrobe is safe, and we shall see what inspiration summer brings to my Italian-summer-vintage capsule basics.
Necklaces – Missoma*
Backpack – Urban Outfitters*
Shirt – Yesstyle
Jeans – Levi’s Wedgie*
Striped Top – Brandy Melville
Hoop Earrings – Weekday
Jeans – Urban Outfitters*
Trainers – Nike Airmax 95
Button Top – Urban Outfitters*
Trousers – STALF
Earrings – Jex Studio
Items that have been gifted to me are marked with an asterisk.