As the seasons turn colder, my heart loves for my favorite country, Wales. I want to don sweaters with my Wellies and feel the crisp air on my face as I traipse through a gorgeous Welsh countryside. However, the next best thing is to take a chapter out of Vera (Keira Knightley) and Caitlin's (Sienna Miller) fashion style in the 2008 film, The Edge of Love.
The Edge of Love
Confession: I saw this film for two reasons: I am a period piece addict and Cillian Murphy (who plays William). Those two answers should be in reverse order, but it reads better this way. To quickly sum up the film: it is loosely based on real events and people (for more see David N. Thomas' book Dylan Thomas: A Farm, Two Mansions and a Bungalow) and centers on a bit of a love rectangle. Vera was childhood sweethearts with Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys). When the pair catch up again, Thomas is married and Vera soon finds herself married to a British Army officer William (Murphy). The story delves into the closeness of Vera's friendship with Dylan's wife Caitlin, but also the gossip that maybe there was more to Vera's friendship with Dylan (something a particular husband will not be happy to receive after his time in trenches).
Now - on to the fashion.
Dylan, Cailin, and Vera escape the London Blitz and find solace in a cottage on the Welsh seashore. Here is where we pick up our fashion cues for this edition of Vintage Film Threads. The looks worn by both Vera and Caitlin are timeless: sweaters (or jumpers) / cardigans layered over dressed or blouses with skirts and paired with Wellies. They mix pops over color and floral prints with grays, whites, and beige. This is effortless style perfect for Fall or early Spring. These pieces are all vintage and can be mixed and matched to create the styles you see above.
From top to bottom/ left to right: 1) an embroidered or lace white button-up top. 2) a knee-length (or longer) floral dress. 3) a vintage cardigan (I went over the shape instead of the mustard color for this collection). 4. a pair of vintage Wellies in a neutral color: black, grey, green, or blue would work well. 5. A heavier sweater (or jumper) for those extra chilly days. 6. A pleated wool skirt.
I hope you have enjoyed this installment of Vintage Film Threads. If you have a particular film you would like to see in this series, please leave a comment below. Until next week.