Over at the Colette Patterns blog, Sarai asks: who are your style icons? Hers is Sofia Coppola, for example, and Gertie's current style crush is the Glee character Emma Pillsbury.
One that immediately came to mind for me was Raimunda, Penelope Cruz's character in the fantastic Pedro Almodovar film Volver ("to return"). Cruz plays a hard-working woman down on her luck whose mother returns as a ghost, and I can best describe her look as "colorful bombshell on a budget."
I had some trouble finding clear stills to show you, but throughout the film Raimunda wears a mix of bold-patterned pencil skirts, low-cut tops, figure-hugging floral cotton dresses and bright-colored cardigans. Her color and print combos (red sweater with green top, red-and-white gingham-check cardi top with purple floral skirt) seem like they would clash--but instead they work beautifully. And everything has a slightly worn, vintagey feel to it.
So that's one of my style inspirations. How about you?