I am a contradiction: I love dressing in a way that makes me feel like Kaylee of Firefly…
…but I just don’t wear pants unless I’m cosplaying or on an airplane or working out. So what do I do? I buy a crap ton of olive-green army dresses and skirts and just run with it.
All of these are pieces made by the brand Living Dead Souls, and all are good for what I like to think of as doing “pin-up Kaylee,” despite the models being tatted and pierced in a way that’s cool for them but not something I could ever pull off. I own both the first dress and the first skirt, and I’m not ashamed to say I’d own the second dress and maybe the first top if they ran them at my local pin-up rockabilly fantastic things store.
(The thing is, you can never own too many olive-green army pieces. When I’m not doing pin-up Kaylee, there’s always room for a bit of what I like to call “f— yeah apocalypse~” in my life. (I mean, apocalypses are bad, we’ve established that. But sometimes dressing like you’re in an apocalypse is fun. This is only partially the fault of Dollhouse; mostly it’s the fault of my own weird inclinations towards feeling industrial and badass and whatnot.)
But if you’re doing pin-up Kaylee, which this post is ultimately about, you need things to pair with your olive-green army pieces. The easiest way to make it cute and whimsical is to toss in a top that’s got a cute and whimsical pattern.
Those are all from Delia’s, as most of mine are; most of the ones I have in real life are older, though, and not available for purchase anymore. It’s the same tank top three times in different prints, yes. There are eighteen different prints to choose from, but I liked those three best.
That one’s a ModCloth find, naturellement.
And then you’re gonna need combat boots, of course. You can take a bit of license, but the idea stays the same.
Those are from Forever 21.
Those are all, of course, ModCloth.
These Target boots are the ones that I have and shamelessly wear with everything ever.
Or you can take the taller route.
Those are both from Delia’s. (And the latter pair, which I’ve just got to point out are titled the “Ballard boots,” lace up the back.)
Exhausted by options yet? You can accessorize it or not; my go-to Kaylee necklace is one I made for myself, but it’s not at all necessary.
–your fangirl heroine.