I am super excited to share this outfit with you. This is another character from Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This time we are looking at the other half of the two twins in the book: Jaqueline or Jack.
When it comes to Jack, my ultimate goal was to come up with an outfit that embodied an old-fashion professor with a bit of an update to it, so that someone could wear it out to work or a dinner.
For Jack’s look, I started with a pair of black Nina Ricci Striped Skinny Pants and a white Derek Lam Silk Pleated Placket Sleeveless Blouse. Then I finished off the base of the outfit with a dark green Elizabeth & James Jamie Crepe Blazer to give it a bit of a menswear look, and a Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Satchel.
I wanted Jack and Jill’s outfits to be at least a little bit complimentary, so I added a pair of Victorian Booties from Donald J. Pilner in black and an antique silver locket from 1880. I wanted to add a nod to Jack’s love of science to this outfit, so I added a Novica Double Helix Onyx and Sterling Silver Modern Balinese Cuff Bracelet.
When it came to any makeup for Jack, I wanted to take an organic approach. In Every Heart a Doorway we don’t get much about the experiments that Jack was running in her portal world, but I like to imagine her playing with plants or found chemicals to create her own skincare and beauty routines. So I started with Lush Cosmetics Ocean Salt Scrub and Farmaesthetics Nourishing Herbal Cream. I also think she might incorporate a toner like Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner, or a mask like Lush Cosmetics Rosy Cheeks.
For eyes, I selected the Antonym Certified Organic Eyeshadow Quattro in Shimmer Finish and paired it with INIKA Certified Organic Eyeliner in Caviar. For a bit of color, I selected BWC Natural Infusion Matte Lipstick in Belle of the Ball.
The Book That Inspired the Look
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
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What do you think of this look inspired by Jack from Every Heart a Doorway? Would you consider wearing this outfit?