Fashion to Watch: Enola Holmes
I recently watched the new Netflix mystery Enola Holmes and it left me feeling inspired in more ways than one. The film chronicles the (fictional, of course) story of Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister who goes on her own detective trail to London in search of her mother who has disappeared.
Enola (played by Millie Bobby Brown) is intelligent, discerning, and defies the social norms for women of the time. Her mother taught her everything from chess to jujitsu, and raised her with a unique worldview for the era—to be strong-willed, smart, and to not hold back her womanhood. There are themes of feminism, courage, social responsibility, and bravery in the face of those who resist change. Ideas that feel especially applicable to our time.
Fashion-wise, Enola wears what she wants and not just what she is told. She conveys freedom and strength through her outfits and uses fashion as a means of comfort and communication. She transitions from archery practice to bike riding and swaps a tweed three-piece suit she borrowed from Sherlock’s closet for a scarlet red Victorian dress and corset. She is dynamic, with a wardrobe that reflects that.
Her style is fluid, going outside the defined rules for gender and social class. She is intelligent in a newsboy cap and trousers, and graceful in full dresses. It leaves me wanting to incorporate more of that expressive, free style this winter, including contemporary takes on houndstooth, patchwork, oversized trenches, and frilled collars.
Watch the film for yourself (maybe even this weekend...not to spoil the story but you might feel extra enthusiastic about voting by the time the credits roll). Let Enola's story encourage you to be strong, dress with abandon, and to work towards the greater good. Here are some of our favorite looks inspired by this female detective.