Dress Like Mary Poppins Without Looking Dated In These 14 Pieces
I'll take all of your Holly Golightlys, Annie Halls, and Cher Horowitzes, and I'll raise you a Mary Poppins. Honestly, as far as cinematic style icons go, she's pretty tough to beat. After all, her prim Victorian-esque nanny look has everything. She's got vintage flair in the form of a distinctive silhouette, what with that nipped-in waist and those voluminous skirts, she's is not afraid of a touch of the endearingly quirky (come on, she likes little red bow ties, and her hat is topped by ever-so-slightly haphazard daisies paired with cranberries), and — last but not least — she can really bring her A game when it comes to formalwear. We all know Ms. Poppins knows how to supercalifragilisticexpialidocious it up!
It pretty much goes without saying that her personal style makes for quite the fun Halloween option, especially if you accessorize with an oversized umbrella and an even more oversized carpet bag, but with a few adjustments, you can also emulate her look in your daily life. After all, a lot of her style tenets happen to be quite trendy right now — you can never go wrong with white lace these days, and midi skirts have steadily been growing in popularity in recent years. Plus, thanks to Zooey Deschanel and a few others, the whole quirkily vintage governess look is trendier than ever.
So, with that in mind, here's a little primer/shopping list with which to get your Mary Poppins wardrobe started.
To get the Mary Poppins look, you're going to need some high collars, bow detailing, voluminous skirts — all in crisp reds, whites and blues.
1. Lace Collar Top
Lace Collar Top, $8, Topshop
2. Tie-Up Lace Top
Tie-Up Lace Top, $40, Zara
3. Blouse with Bow
Blouse with Bow, $50, Zara
4. Shirt with Tie-Up Neckline
Shirt wit Tie-Up Neckline, $40, Zara
5. Knitted Skater Dress with Contrast Collar
Knitted Skater Dress with Contrast Collar, $63, Asos
6. Striped Organza Skirt
Striped Organza Skirt, $28, Forever 21
7. Pleated Midi Skirt in Triple Stripe
Pleated Midi Skirt in Triple Stripe, $105, J.Crew
8. Striped Pleated Skirt
Striped Pleated Skirt, $18, Forever 21
You can also take a leaf from Mary's "Jolly Holiday" look — after all, you can't go wrong with fluffy white dresses!
9. Velvet Trim Lace Dress
Velvet Trim Lace Dress, $90, Topshop
10. Knee-Length Dress
Knee-Length Dress, $50, H&M
11. Openwork Detail Dress
Openwork Detail Dress, $140, Mango
12. Dress with Lace Trim
Dress with Lace Trim, $50, H&M
13. Metallic-Waist Tulle Skirt
Metallic-Waist Tulle Skirt, $20, Forever 21
And last, but not least, you can always take inspiration from Ms. Poppins' penguin friends.
14. Penguin Knit Sweater
French Connection Penguin Knit Sweater, $104, Asos
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