Girls ended last week and I’m still in shock that my life with Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna is over. The show started when my time with my girls was coming to a close and I was moving from Michigan to Arkansas—800 miles away from my Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna (yes, like any funny, self-deprecating writer with hips, EVERYONE tells me I am Hannah).
I can understand that not everyone loves Girls as much as I do, but the main reason I hear is that “they’re too annoying” or “no one acts like an adult.” Well, folks, maybe your 20s were all stardust and sunshine and salaries, but I think the girls (and guys) of Girls portray struggling and real— albeit immature—relationships and careers pretty darn well. It may be cringy, but aren’t all of our lives at this time? At least some of the time?
Girls to me is an honest while theatricalized portrayal of women in their 20s. I mean, really, this is my most used GIF:
Okay, end rant about how much I love the show and how much you should too. Continue to my realization about the show. For
a long time always the one thing I didn’t like about the show: the clothes. I was constantly screaming at my TV: HOW COULD YOU WEAR THAT? WHY WOULD YOU WEAR THAT? DOES HBO NOT HAVE WARDROBE MONEY?
But as I started to develop my own personal style, I realized their outfits characterized them just as much as anything they said or did. And not only that, but their wardrobe actually influenced my own.
Hannah’s style says, “I don’t give a damn what you think about my body.”
Jessa’s says, “I will always be your uncouth hippie friend.”
Marnie’s says, “I’m really basic and straight-laced…until I’m not.”
And Shosh’s says, “I’m here to play…and be a straight up boss lady.”
Fast forward to the last episode of the season. Actually the last two, which I watched back-to-back after getting these pictures from Christine. And I was like OMG OMG OMG OMG, This outfit is totally Hannah. No, wait. It’s definitely Shosh. I mean the purple, it’s gotta be——wait, no the hat! It’s Jessa! Or is it Marnie on her way to Poughkeepsie?
The answer: it’s all of them.
The hat is undoubtedly Jessa. I honestly think the only way I had the courage to wear this hat out in public is because I thought maybe I could look like her (I don’t).
The lipstick is totally Shosh. Yes, the other Girls wear lipstick too but to me, purple is her color. Also shoutout to the show for letting her roots grow out like a real girl. I have A LOT of roots going on right now (finding time for a hair appointment is hard).
And the shirt—Marnie. Her style is classic to a T. In the early days she was pretty professional. But then she had her musician streak and somehow didn’t get grungy! Just more classic. Plus the only way I had the courage to wear this scarf is because Marnie wore one to Poughkeepsie and I was like, yeah Becca, you can do that…barely.
Finally, Hannah. As I talked about previously, I have never had a problem wearing clothes made for girls half my size. Crop trops? Yes please. Short shorts? Gimme. This is where I’m most like Hannah: rules be damned, I’m going to be me. A little cellulite isn’t going to stop me from wearing jean bootie shorts.
So in short, this outfit inspired this post. BUT I think the girls of Girls influenced my style far beyond this one outfit. In fact, I think they inspired my life beyond my clothes. They made me realize it’s okay to fight with your best friends (you know who you are). It’s okay to not know where your career is going. It’s okay to feel like you’ll never be an adult. And it’s okay to dress like that too.
Fine print: I didn’t use any pictures of Girls in my post because copyright laws are real. Hopefully, if you know the characters you get what I’m getting at here 🙂
Scarf. LOFT (exact) *40% off*
Lip. Smashbox Always On in Some Nerve (exact)
Shirt. LOFT (similar)
Shorts. Blank Denim via E.Leigh’s my favorite Arkansas boutique! (similar)
Shoes. Old Navy (Vans version)