I’ve had Tori Amos’ Unrepentant Geraldines in pretty steady rotation since it came out in May. Because I’m a big fangirl, I won’t blather on about how much I love it, how the songs are a return to her accessible-yet-atmospheric style or how much “Oysters” brings me to tears ever time I hear it. Ahem.
Instead, I wanted to talk a bit about Ms. Amos’ style in the liner pictures, specifically the outfit she wears on the cover:
When I first picked up the CD, I was struck by this simple chic look for a number of reasons. The jean shirt and black jeans are utilitarian yet graceful and works as a shorthand for Amos’ back-to-basics approach on this album. I don’t know about you, but I felt a small pang of relief–finally, a break from the doll-like looks that had begun with Strange Little Girls.
But the other association that came to mind was the classic look of a white t-shirt and blue jeans–an outfit that fashion journalist Nina Garcia has described as quintessentially youthful and American. Amos’ outfit is a contrast that suggest maturity but the same enduring appeal. A perfect look to express her interest in creating songs for women of different ages.
I was so taken with how much the clothing was saying I decided to recreate it for myself. A sort of everyday cosplay, if you will. I went thrifting and found what I was looking for.
I also went through my accessories and picked out a few earrings. Blue, of course, to match the theme of the CD. The other outfits in the booklet feature jewel toned heels with a metallic texture to give some variety to the style. So I pulled out my pair of sapphire-colored Madden Girl pumps.
I don’t know if I could bring myself to put up a picture of me wearing this, mainly because I’m not looking for the attention (which is why I would not be a good cosplayer in real life). But the next time I wear this out in public, I can smile, sharing a secret with myself that I’m playing a part and wearing my thoughts about this CD as a public mask.