Mirror Mirror

June 30, 2012 — 29 Comments

Does this outfit look a little familiar? The shirt is from here, but that’s not what I’m referring to. Let’s break this down piece by piece: I’m wearing a pleated skirt, some gladiator sandals, a high-necked shirt, and a skinny belt. And it all came from the thrift store. Hmmm. On paper, that’s the exact same description I’d use to describe this outfit from not two posts ago.

Pleats, sandals, hair down, it’s all the same!…But is it? Everything I wore in that post was light, fresh, and cheery. In this outfit, the basic elements are the same, except it’s, well, dark. White is black, gold is silver, and cotton is lace. Even my seafoam nails have been traded in for a dark violet shade. Ladies and gentlemen, this can only mean one thing: I’ve tapped into an alternate universe and channelled my evil doppelgänger.

Well, maybe not. But I am going to assume that if I did have an evil twin and my own comic book (or soap opera), she’d look just like this. If TV has taught us anything, we can safely assume that somewhere out there, we each have a look-a-like, wandering around town, undoubtedly doing very bad things. In mythic doppelgänger lore, the evil twin ususally gets himself a goatee. Wikipedia told me that this originated from an episode of Star Trek in which Spock and Kirk encounter their evil mirror counterparts. Mirror-Spock rocks a badass goatee to compliment his most-excellent eyebrows. Modern-day geeks like myself witnessed this phenomenon at work through the introduction of Evil Troy and Evil Aaaabed on Community. Since I lack the ability to grow facial hair, I’m adding another item to the footnotes on doppelgänger lore:  I declare that evil twin girls get bangs instead of goatees. Makes sense, right?

Doppelgängers have permeated every corner of pop culture, and they show up in just about every show I love. How I Met Your Mother? Doppelgängers. Buffy The Vampire Slayer? Doppelgängers. Passions? Doppelgängers. Haha! Just kidding (about the love, not the doppelgängers). Man, that show was bananas.

Anyways, because I am a gigantor Buffy nerd, I have to grant Buffy particular doppelgänger dues. (Plus I’m doing the Buffy ReWatch! You should too!) There are all sorts of allusions to evil manifestations and dark timelines in Buffy. In particular, the episodes “The Wish” and “Doppelgängland” introduce us to alternate, evil vampy versions of our favourite characters. So, if this isn’t my evil twin coming out, it’s definitely what I’d look like as a souless vampire. Except maybe with more leather. Plus, If I did go vamp, I wouldn’t have to worry about that pastier-than-average skin I’ve inherited. Score!

This is the point in the post when I realize that I’ve just referenced Star Trek, Community, and Buffy in a single post, thus outing me as a 20-something woman with the mind of teenaged sci-fi dork. Oddly enough, I’m totally OK with that – on to the next one!

To close this double-dipping off, let’s tip our hats to Larry David. Who can forget that episode of Seinfeld when Elaine meets the doppelgänger versions of Jerry, George, and Kramer? Except in typical Seinfeldian fashion, this plot device is more of a trope than a cliché, as it’s revealed that Bizarro Jerry and his friends are actually far better, more ethical people than the original gang. Bizarro Kramer brings groceries!

So, let’s flesh this out a bit: if Original Julie loves cats and cheese, Bizarro Julie would love dogs and…whatever the opposite of cheese is. That right there is enough to banish Bizarro Julie (along with the Black Swan, Bizarro Jerry, and Vampire Willow) to the Dark Timeline forever. Silver pleats and purple nails are fun in their own right, but the opposite of cheese? That, my friends, is truly evil.

…It had to be done. Cue maniacal laugh!

29 responses to Mirror Mirror

  1. 

    you are so pretty, and i love this outfit!!

  2. 

    Evil twin! That’s funny. I do remember that awesome Seinfeld when the bizarro selves are such good people! Hilarious!
    –TS

  3. 

    Love your outfit and also your sense of humour:)
    Prerna
    http://www.vivalahighstreet.wordpress.com

  4. 

    A very nice and balanced outfit. The blouse and skirt are beautiful. The beard left over :)

  5. 

    HAHA! This was the best post ever. I love your evil side outfit! Very adorable. :)

    xoxo,
    Laura

    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

  6. 

    Love the outfit so much. Plus reading your nerdy science doppelgänger post helps me to see that there are others out there like me. Thanks for bringing me some entertainment today!

  7. 

    Love it! Nice stache ;)

  8. 

    cute outfit! I am loving pleated skirts right now!

    Lindsey Turner

    http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

  9. 

    You are hysterical. And awesome. Those are facts. Also, I am way psyched by the sci-fi nerd references! Long live Buffy! :)

  10. 

    To be perfectly fair, I must ALSO have the mind of a teenaged scifi dork, because I loved all of those references. So thank you for that! That lace shirt is wicked, by the way, I wish I ever found such snazzy shirts thrifting!

  11. 

    I really like the way you put them together. You are truly talented!

  12. 

    your evil doppelganger is gorgeous! i say you can’t go wrong with a tee and pleated skirt! you look gorgeous in both…even with an evil goatee!

  13. 

    I love the dark side of you. The lace and mauve pleats are more my style and would love to be able to thrift such pieces! PS. the beard doesn’t look too bad either.

  14. 

    I love the day and night thing you got going on around here. The black and silver is sexy and mysterious; while the mint and gold are sweet and feminine. I think it’s great to show how similar elements can have a completely different feel.

  15. 

    Love both of the looks, but I gotta say you look amazing as your “doppelganger”. I really like vampy looks. But also because you did your makeup different. I like this post :D

  16. 

    Haha, love the last photo ;)

    You look so pretty! Your skin really glows when you wear black.

  17. 

    WOW your hair! Listen, I know I’ve probably creeped you out about how great your hair is already a billion times, but what’s one more :-) You look so elegant! I’m in the middle of moving so all my nice stuff is packed away and I have one more week of tank tops and denim cut offs (which is about my limit before I go insane) so it’s nice to live vicariously through you :-)

  18. 

    You have hit on a truth universally acknowledge. Well, at least by ‘The Simpsons’.

  19. 

    i love the original green pleated skirt…color me vintage mint green w/ envy :)

  20. 

    This is hilarious :) I love both your outfits- your evil doppelganger and you both have great style! Love the goatee, girl!

  21. 

    lol i love how this all came out of a couple outfits! genious. I believe you are also forgetting the most recent doppelgagers Elena and Katherine from the Vampire Diaries! Though, do longtime Buffy lovers watch this series? I have yet to see Buffy, so as a twenty-something this should be shameful – I guess I should participate in the Buffy Rewatch as a first timer! If you haven’t seen TVD yet, I suggest you try it!

    • 

      Oh man. I knew someone would mention that! I have resisted TVD for so long. My friend keeps telling me to watch it, and I have a rule that I can only allow myself so many guilty pleasures. I think some Buffy watchers much watch it, but I imagine they’d be like me and act all snobby by counting all the things TVD borrows from the Buffyverse ;) I seriously recommend watching Buffy though, the first season is cheesy beyond belief by the rest is still some of the best television out there! I know I’ll eventually give in to TVD, I just need like a week of sick-days to I can watch them all back-to-back.

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