The Charlie Browniest

Just to show you all how incredibly fickle I can be when it comes to my sources of inspiration, I will transition from the senior-citizen-inspired post I wrote last month to something considerably more childish… Charlie Brown.

Peanuts has been my favourite comic strip and cartoon for as long as I can remember. I think there is something about the sarcastic, sad, and sort of morbid way that Charlie Brown talks that always just made me feel like I could relate to him a little. Whatever the reason, Mr. Schulz is responsible for some of my very favourite holiday specials, from Halloween to Christmas and Thanksgiving, too. It wasn’t until this year when I was desperate for some form of inspiration in the middle of dreary, uninspired January that I actually saw myself looking to Lucy’s and Charlie’s little sisters’, even to Peppermint Patty’s, wardrobes, and noticing a characteristic style I could latch on to.

Now I’m sure that I’m beginning to appear a little desperate, looking to cartoons for wardrobe inspiration, and maybe that’s true to a certain extent. Every January I wind up suffering from a serious case of “closet full of clothes but nothing to wear,” and this January was far from the exception. The excitement of layering wore off after Christmas and all the wonderful spring collections are starting to rub their pretty floral prints and sweet flouncy pastel dresses in my face, but I know there are still several months of boots and tripled tights and scarves and hats before I can bust out my dainty little oxfords and prance around without worrying about falling down and breaking my hip on the icy sidewalk! So I guess seeing the young ladies in C. Brown walking around in cute little saddle shoes and easy-to-slip-on long-sleeved frocks with their hair all done up made me at least a little bit excited to get dressed in the morning again!

Now I’ve got my eyes peeled for the perfect pair of black and white saddle shoes and have been caught by my boyfriend on several occasions making my little dog dance like Snoopy to the signature Charlie Brown theme song music. And I’ve got lots of ideas for a perfect couples costume for Mike and I to put together for next Halloween! Although my mind will have changed 100 times by then I’m sure….
- Meaghan Kelly

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6 thoughts on “The Charlie Browniest

  1. Very cute saddle shoes at Urban Outfitters (sorry, but it’s true) last fall. They might be gone by now, but you never know. Also saw a pair at Chasse Garde on Queen W (on sale), and I think I saw them in Aldo, too. Some H&Mish store had them for men in great stacks. It’s your lucky day, as they seem to be everywhere just now – along with their monochromatic counterparts, the Jazz Shoes. It’s about damn time, I say!

    The thing about CB is that the second I see those kids dancing, I’m in a better mood. And the music is amazing.

  2. Oh Charlie Brown! Your specials are the ultimate comfort movie your Vince Guaraldi composed music is a pep talk in a playlist and of course your colourful clothes are the ultimate little piece of timeless. As for saddle shoes I got mine at StyleSense (Vaughan and Oakville I think) and Aldo had some too! Great post now I’ve got Linus and Lucy (the theme song) on repeat.

  3. Ain’t no shame in riffing off cartoon characters for inspiration. Where would we be without Madeline, Eloise, and Jules Feffier?

    And for the record, the “Peanuts Dance” is the best way to get down.

  4. I love your January sucks rant. It made my day having someone else express my frustrations so well. Although I can’t say I have ever thought about the Peanuts sartorial influences before, but I’m sure now I’ll always pay attention to their clothes.

  5. I’m going through a mid-February clothes crisis, and I gotta say, your piece just cheered me up to know that you can find inspiration in any random little thing! Cheers! xx

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