OOTD :: of black, bones and the Bard




My fave high school read has got to be The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

I may be cheating a bit, though. Because I don’t really have fond memories of it as a high school student, but I sure do love it now as a high school teacher. (Yes, I prefer teaching this to the more erudite and psychological Hamlet, the darling of English teachers everywhere; I’m going against type, as per usual.)

I think my fave part of it is the diabolical Lady Macbeth, a far more intriguing character than her husband simply because she undergoes such a major upheaval. She starts off so strong and cunning and conniving and then she falls so low at the end. It’s tragedy at its finest.

I wish I could have done her complexity justice with my outfit interpretation, but it was a bit of a challenge, shackled as I was to the twin requirements of Pick-me-up’s Go Grunge and my own 50 Dresses. I’m hoping the skulls on the chiffon top and the severity of the Chelsea boot and black shift dress will go far in conveying my respect.

And if that doesn’t satisfy you, how about some of my fave quotes from the play, Pinterest style?


Macbeth does not want anyone to find out what he has done, so he turns to the stars, or   the fortunes to make sure no one finds out.

Censorship of Macbeth: Lady Macbeth’s famous cry “Out, damned spot!” was changed to “Out, crimson spot!” so the play would be suitable for public schools.


Witch Cupboard: #Witch #Cupboard ~ Something wicked this way comes....

Macbeth Dagger Print | Prints | RSC Shop. Shakespeare quote as a dagger.

And now it’s your turn, my friends. Best high school read? Worst? Vent away and show us your sartorial inspiration while you’re at it. Click on the lovely blue frog below.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Ideel
Top – Ross
Boots – ASOS

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

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17 thoughts on “OOTD :: of black, bones and the Bard

  1. Wow! You perfectly combined all three of your outfit challenges for the day! Way to go! And I love the visual representations of all of the Macbeth quotes. I know that I read Macbeth in high school but it doesn’t stand out to me at all. I guess that means it wasn’t my favorite, right?

    • mtsedwards says:

      I suppose it’s all in how it was presented. Shakespeare is a tricky beast. As I mentioned, I don’t remember it in high school but I sure love teaching it now. ;p

  2. Val S says:

    PS – The Picture of Dorian Gray is a good read. Also, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.

  3. Val S says:

    Hmm, I’m between books at the moment and now thinking that I should try to read Macbeth. I saw the play in high school, but don’t remember much. Gosh, good work, Teach, if you can get me interested in reading Shakespeare!

    Cool outfit! Not overly grungy, but definitely counter-culture. I’m noticing a lot of TARDIS blue in your 50 dresses…

  4. dmshields12 says:

    I bet if my high school english teacher dressed as well as you do I would have listened to her more! My favorite aShakespeare read would have to be Othello but my all time favorite book I read in high school was “Picture Of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde – if you’re not already teaching him you definitely should!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I have not read this book, which goes to show that one simply can’t be as well-read as one intends to be. I shall definitely add it to my TBR list – it’s a classic, after all. Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely compliment!

  5. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    Me thinks you’re leaning towards the Goth side of the 90s. Great look though and goes so well with your literary choice. Thanks for linking!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I was actually thinking the same thing and was debating whether or not I needed to delete this one from your linkup. But it does work for T3 though, doesn’t it?

  6. Patti says:

    First, you look fab; you are rocking the accessories. Second, my reads: in high school I was completely bewitched by Sister Carrie. Worst: Moby Dick. I don’t have an outfit for either yet : > xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      Sister Carrie disturbed me to no end – I think because the eponymous protagonist was so hapless. Moby Dick is the bane of my existence. I managed to escape not reading that book and being an English major at the same time. ;p

  7. P. S. I took a Shakespeare course in college, and the tragedies we covered were Hamlet, Othello, and The Tempest. The main thing I know about Macbeth is that actors won’t say the name of the play in a theatre. They simply call it “The Scottish Play”. It’s an actor’s superstition, just like you never say “break a leg” to a dancer (dancers say “merde” before they go onstage).

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yep, the Scottish play’s actual title is truly bad luck to actors. I didn’t know about dancers, though. Thanks for the tidbit.

  8. Love it! The shirt would’ve worked for Hamlet too. 😉
    If you haven’t watched Slings and Arrows on Netflix it’s a MUST for fans of the Bard!

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