To correct this obvious short-coming we watched Howl's Moving Castle last night. Of all the Miyazaki movies I think this one is my favorite, except for Totoro, which is just the best children's movie ever.
I love that Miyazaki's main characters are always girls, and that there is an unpredictability to his creations, an off-beat way of storytelling, without the obvious moralizing lessons of much of the children's culture, especially in the West.
His films often remind me of Tove Jansson's Moomin Books, in the they way that nothing is just good or evil and everything is complex. While the elements of the story are fantasy there is a fundamental truth to this. In order to create a credible, complete world, you must embrace the fact that things are not always what they seem and cannot be simplified.
Howl's Moving Castle is a perfect example of this.
It also has a very distinct visual style, from which a giant clothes nerd can draw inspiration. I've always wanted a hat like Sophie's only in felt. It's very reminiscent of Japanese school uniform hats.
It also brings to mind this awesome Missa-outfit:
I feel like thinking of Miyazaki-characters definitely influenced my outfit today. There's something cozy old-lady-Sophie-like about this outfit.
Want to dress like said imaginary Japanese grandma?
1. Wear lots of wool. This awesome cardi from my latest, amazing Missa-package lambikin-wool, part cashmere. The hand warmers came from my friend Kristiina who's crafty, wears folk costumes and needs to start her own blog. Now.
2. Gets some florals. I know florals are all around right now, but you want to get something modest, looking. None of those short skirts.
3. Wear your hair in a modest style.
4. Drink tea.
5. Look surprised. This is an essential Miyazaki-character ability.
I can do Mei from Totoro too:
"WHERE'S MY CORNCOB?!?!?!?"
The Islands were being furry-backed Miyazaki animals too.