How to create a Jillian Holtzmann inspired capsule wardrobe
When I saw Ghostbusters: Answer the Call for the first time earlier this year, I fell in love with Jillian Holtzmann very quickly for a number of reasons. One of these reasons was her sense of style; she always looks so incredibly interesting and cool, and I knew I wanted to try and absorb some of a her quirky choices into my own wardrobe. I’ve posted a few ‘Holtzmann-inspired’ outfits and so far the response has been pretty positive. I’ve been working on creating a ‘capsule wardrobe’ in the style of Holtzmann - a capsule wardrobe is a collection of around 25 items of clothing which follow a similar style/colour scheme, and so can be combined in many different ways to create multiple different outfits. I know there are a lot of fans out there who have similar goals, and so I’ve decided to post my own collection as a kind of guide, which you’ll find under the cut below.
[Image description: two photos of a woman standing indoors, one a full-length shot and the other three-quarters. She is white and has dark brown hair, shaved on the sides and worn curly off to one side on top. She wears glasses with frames that are tortoiseshell on top and clear, pink-tinted plastic on bottom. She wears a long-sleeved wrap sweater in teal-blue, a below-the-knee grey skirt, a gray top with metallic circular designs, dark tights, and metallic gold lace-up heeled oxford shoes. The background contains a light wood-colored dresser, a pale teal bar cart with glasses and bottles of alcohol, and a pale green wall filled with many pieces of framed art.]
I love this wrap sweater and want to make a dozen more! This one is in a soft, fine wool jersey that will serve me well next fall and winter.
Cardigan: Made by me | Top: Anthropologie | Skirt: Primark | Shoes: Frye
I thought I’d try my skirt out with some of my more sparkly underwear… but it also looked really nice with just my lace bra, too 😅 Sadly it is WAAAAYYYY too cold for me to even consider going out like that, so on went the layers! (I can’t help but think I look like a crime-writer in the top picture 😋)
ALSO this is my new lipstick from Nyx, it’s called “Oh, put it on” and it’s a reeeeaally dark purple! Love it!
You've probably answered a question like his before. I love gothic clothing (more romance/vampire style) If you're just starting out or if money is tight. Can you still be a "goth" if you just buy black clothes from mall shops? (Eg black velvet dress and coat from H&M, black tops and trousers from Primark etc?) Thanks!
Dude you could raid your grandma’s closet for a black trench coat and make it goth (yes speaking from experience haha). So no you do not have to shop from alternative stores to be/look goth. While I do feature a lot of alternative brands, I do also post a lot of regular and random brands. I’ve made a few posts with H&M clothes (most recent ones here and here ). As you can see, none of these are goth brands, but everything is beautiful and can be dressed up or down to cater to the look that you’re going for. Also, a lot of mainstream stores have been selling more clothing that fit the dark fashion look. While it would be great to have everything in your wardrobe from alternative stores, that would be pricey and maybe even a little boring if we were all just wearing the exact same killstar dress and restyle bag. You can buy clothing from any store, even mall stores, places like target, thrift stores, wherever, and create the style that you like and make it work. From there you could slowly start incorporating some nice accessories from alternative brands maybe when they have awesome sales, but that is completely up to you…as I said it’s not like a compulsory thing or anything like that :P
- Well, that was unexpected! But cute. Definitely cute.
- You’re dressed like a 5 year old.
- Cute tho.
- You’re 30.
- But I look lovely!
- The last time you wore something like this was 5 years ago?????
- Oh age is just a num-
- This was your aesthetic 5 years ago?????
I’m still putting this up here because I mean, this is cute. I look like I should be in a Ghibli film! I think there’s something about heels with knee socks that takes any outfit right into EGL territory, and it’s been a long while since I’ve done that. These Bait Footwear oxfords from Unique Vintage are hands down the comfiest heels I’ve worn though. Highly recommend, 10/10. And how adorable is that brolly? This was an unexpected way to put together all the elements of this outfit, a lot more costume-y than I go for these days, but then no one ever died of a bit of over the top cuteness so *shrugface*