Vintage sweater from AuH20 Thriftique, Gap jean jacket, Jack Wills scarf, Madewell bag, Rugby jeans, Sam Edelman booties,
I'm not kidding when I say I live in this cozy holiday sweater that I stumbled upon while perusing Williamsburg earlier this fall. The creme, black, and burgundy color pallet complements a cornucopia of other pieces in my chilly weather wardrobe, and the weight is chunky but light enough to stuff under a jean jacket. My favorite thing about this sweater, thought, is it's resemblance to the one Saoirse (seer-sha) Ronan wears in the recent film How I Live Now based on the novel by Meg Rosoff. Saorise's character, Daisy, fights to survive a World War III-type catastrophe in the English countryside as she dives into waterfalls, frolics around a campfire, and wears said sweater all the while. Both my sweater and Daisy's have a classic fair isle print in common, with zig-zaging diamond shapes encircling a coarse collar and framing the borders of ribbed sleeves. It's an antiquated look that I usually associate with some Scottish pond or New England inn. That said, it's no wonder I've been living in this sweater because I've found that on any given day my natural inclination is to dress like I live in a barn or lodge, as evidenced by the denim + knitwear + leather satchel combo I'm sporting here. Throughout the film, Daisy puts her own edgy spin on this same rustic look. Granted, she was battling an apocalypse while I was merely fighting off an autumn drizzle. The swoon-worthy sweater, which Daisy borrows from the equally swoon-worthy Edmund, played by George MacKay, extends beyond wardrobe and functions as a motif that ties the two characters together.
Saoirse Ronan and George McKay in How I Live Now
I went with a friend to see How I Live Now in a tiny East Village theatre on the last night it was playing. I'm not exaggerating when I say we were shocked and blown away. I believe a good film should be an experience, and this one was no exception. What starts out as a timeworn tale of summer romance quickly escalates to a thrilling survival story in which Daisy becomes the ultimate teen heroine. After she and a ginger-haired cousin wander through the forest for what feels like days, director Kevin MacDonald throws at us an ending that's both satisfying and troublesome, but realistically so. Where I really related to Daisy, besides on an obvious sartorial level, was in her all too real flawed coming of age. Saoirse Ronan brilliantly portrays the angst that has plagued us all at some point in teenager-hood, from insecurity surrounding appearance and food to dramatic mood swings and fear of new responsibilities. Somehow through the the bombs and massacres on land and in her own mind, Saoirse's Daisy maintains an honest sense of patience and bravery. Needless to say I've already ordered the book on which the movie was based to stay inspired over winter break.