About 3 years ago, I started making outfits on Polyvore that were inspired by different opera characters.  I recently started doing it again and wanted to share them with you. I used to post them on my Tumblr, but since I don’t really use it any more, I thought that I would share some of my new and old creations based on some my favourite operas.
This week: Falstaff.  It’s been on my mind lately, because it’s one of the operas we’re going to do at school next year. I love the women of this opera. They outsmart all the men, never betray each other, and have a great time doing it all.  Female Friendships are rarely in the forefront of an opera’s plot, and it is so refreshing to see it here.

Meg Page: Ok, can we talk about those Pants?!?! Meg is sometimes portrayed as Alice’s sidekick, but I like to think that she has a little more substance than that. I picture Meg as “The Fun One”. She’s up for anything, but she’s still going to be sensible about it and always stay classy. Her pants are great, but she knows better than to complicate things further with any more patterns or colours.

Nannetta: Nannetta is the youngest, and her style is a little more relaxed and carefree. She’s a little bit of a romantic but is still smart and practical.  I think the t-shirt is a perfect representation of her style, the vintage Pride and Prejudice book cover print from Out of Print Clothing is nerdy and dreamy at the same time and ties together the girlish, romantic accessories with her practical Jeans-and-a-T-Shirt outfit.

Alice Ford: I picture Alice as a no-nonsense business woman, who is not going to take any crap from any of the men in this opera.  However, she has a playful side. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the dress is polka-dotted, which is more fun than just a boring navy blue dress. The red shoes signify both her willingness to think outside the box and her sex appeal, which she has no problem using in order to teach Falstaff a lesson.

Mistress Quickly: Besides Falstaff himself, Mistress Quickly is the most vibrant character in the story.  In many productions she is dressed in garish colours and patterns, and can often look a little ridiculous.  I think this does a disservice to Mistress Quickly because the way that she carries herself and interacts with the other characters is full of dignity as well as humour. For that reason, I chose a simple, solid colour dress and some wild accessories. The outfit is colourful and quirky, but not tacky. There is also a pretty good mixture of high and low fashion in the outfit. I always picture Mistress Quickly with a huge bag, because she seems like the type who is prepared for anything at all times.

If you want any more details about any of the pieces used in an outfit, just click on the picture and it will take you to a list of all the items used in the set. What opera outfits do you want to see next? Let me know in the comments!

Falstaff by starvingsoubrette on polyvore.com
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