When I reread Lola and the Boy Next Door for the Isla Is Coming Readalong that is going on right now, I couldn’t help but be in awe with the amazing descriptions Stephanie Perkins used to describe her main characters fashion sense. So for this revisit post I decided to fuse it with an old feature of mine called What Would _____ Wear and make some Polyvore sets for Lola. Here’s the thing though, a lot of Lola couture is hard to find. So, I’ve had to modify some of the outfits. Hopefully, I still captured the spirit of these looks.
“I’m wearing a tank top. I also got on my giant white Jackie O sunglasses, a long brunette wig with emerald tips, and ballet slippers. Real ballet slippers, not the flats that only look like ballet slippers.” (Perkins, 8-9)
My Interpretation: Polyvore doesn’t have any red Chinese style pajamas. Believed me, I looked. In fact, finding pajama bottoms that didn’t look like they were fit for a camping trip or the seedy side of town was quite difficult, but I did eventually manage to find a fairly normal looking pair. The black ballet flats are unfortunately flats. But I like them enough where I think they’d be a decent substitute. Since Stephanie didn’t have a particular description with the tank top, I played around with lots of different tanks before settling on this one. Surprisingly enough, the easiest thing to find was the glasses.
“Today I’m a strawberry. A sweet red dress from the fifties, a long necklace of tiny black beads, and a dark green wig cut into a severe Louise Brooks bob.” (Perkins 44).
My interpretation: This set was actually fairly easy to put together. The red dress, unfortunately, is not vintage. I went for a modern dress with a vintage-y feel from Modcloth. The shoes were added by yours truly since I just couldn’t see Lola going barefoot. I almost went for a pair of white shoes until I spotted these strappy sandals. Something about them just seemed so happy to me. And let’s face it strawberries are a happy fruit. Or least that’s the impression I have always gotten from that cartoon.
“I placed a rhinestone barrette in my pale pink wig. I’m also wearing a sequined prom gown that I’ve altered into a minidress, a jean jacket covered with David Bowie pins, and glittery false eyelashes.” (83)
My Interpretation: This was probably one of my favorite looks to put together. It was just so much fun. I will admit though, I couldn’t find the eyelashes. So I substituted them with some earrings. As for the rest of the outfit it’s pretty much standard to the Stephanie’s description ( I hope). Ironically, the wig is a My Little Pony wig. Sort of fitting, given the attitude of the outfit.
“I settle on a similarly checked red-and-white halter dress, which I made form an actual picnic blanket from last Fourth of July. I add bright red lipstick and tiny ant-shaped earrings for theme, and my big black platform boots because walking will be involved.” (Perkins 127).
My Interpretation: I had to include the picnic look because that scene was one of my favorites in the book. There was a lot of leeway with this outfit though. For one thing, Polyvore doesn’t have dresses made from actual Picnic blankets and I couldn’t find a red and white dress that I liked with a halter type of neckline. The dress I did end up choosing, while not being an exact match, had the romantic picnic type feel I wanted for the look. The thing I’m really happy about is the earrings. Yes, I was able to find actual ant earrings. Grant it, they were six hundred bucks but still….ant earrings.
“Per annual tradition, I’m wearing jeans, a nice blouse, a black wig with straight bangs, and red sneakers.” (Perkins, 210)
My Interpretation: Lindsey is Lola’s best friend who has a Nancy Drew obsession and is described as being sort of plain. While I tried to keep true to the Lindsey character in this look, I also thought that there’d be a little Lola peaking out. Which is why I decided that rather than having a plain button up blouse, I’d use one with a little embroidery that would sort of give it a Lola vibe.
“It’s not my costume, which would make Marie Antoinette proud. The pale blue gown is girly and outrageous and gigantic. There are skirts and overskirts, ribbons and trim, beads and lace. The bodice is also lovely, and the stays fit snugly underneath, giving me a flattering figure-the correct body parts are either more slender or more round. My neck is draped in a crystalline necklace like diamonds, and my ears in shimmery earrings like chandeliers. I sparkle with reflected light.”(Perkins, 319).
My Interpretation: I was actually really scared about this look. Surprisingly though, it was the easiest one to put together. The gods of Polyvore really were helping me out on this one. I did make one alteration to the described look. The cake necklace. Yeah, I sort of couldn’t help but add it when I saw it. And I’m sure Lola would too.